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Davey’s Birthday

May 11th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 15-Uruguay - (1 Comments)

Thank you very much for for all the birthday wishes.  I spent most of the day on a bus travelling from Colonia to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.  We arrived early in the afternoon, went for a walk around the city and had a meal and a few bottles of wine to end the day.  I won’t bore you with the 5 pictures we took in and around the city – so that says a lot – but will include some of our meal which was beautiful.

We both had the biggest and best lump of fillet steak, ever.  Not only did I eat mine but half of Sam’s too – I could have burst!  And the wine wasn’t bad either.

So that’s it for another year.  I can’t believe I’ve turned 35  As I write this post I’m closer to the age of 40 than 30 but feel good for it!

Damn that steak was good!

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After a fabulous time in Buenos Aires, sadly, it was time to move on.  A 3–hour ferry ride and we were in the small town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.

Colonia was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese and served as a port for smuggling contraband into Argentina.  Portuguese style of houses and cobblestoned streets flanked by whitewashed buildings – need we say anymore – seemed like a trip back in time and just our cup of tea.  Its historic quarter, Barrío Historico, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

We stayed for a couple of nights and managed to see plenty; numerous art galleries, restuarants, museums, a lighthouse, a convent, the old port and picked up a few stray dogs in the process.  You know you’re in a special place when it’s thronged full artists or painters, or whatever they call themselves these days…

A wonderful set of pictures, the place is a photographer’s dream. There’s a great one at the end of go-carts which you can rent by the hour to tour the town – we much preferred to walk.

UNESCO World Heritage Site  #32 (we think).

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