Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Punta del Este
















Not more than 2hrs away from Montevideo sits Punta del este, Uruguay and Argentina´s top seaside city, with the best resorts and fine beachfront apartments. This place becomes the playground of the wealthy people of the region during the summer.
















I came here out of season and it was deserted. besides fine beaches, the port is small but interesting with the odd sea Lion sitting on the docks.






















The lighthouse is another favourite place for nice pics, and  of course do not miss the sunsets.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Piriapolis























About 100 clics East of Montevideo you´ll find the city of piriapolis, named after its creator Piria, its an interesting stop if your going to Punta del este, or just for a day trip. One of its attractions is Piria´s castle, that was built as his residence.
Francisco Piria was a wealthy man of his time that bought some land in the 1890s and decided to create a Summer resort to entice the locals and nearby argies. The place had  a big hotel,casino and all the necessary tourist trap attractions of the time.






















On the occasion of the marriage of his daughter Piria built a church for the ceremony, but was never consecrated as a Catholic Temple, cuz of his a affiliation with masons and alchemists, and unfortunately is now in ruins.
















Needless to say that the place has very nice beaches, and a breathtaking view of the whole city from the cerro San Antonio.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Sunsets R us
















 I do prefer to live in a city that has a sea or lake shore or mountains, or both. Montevideo is located on a hill, but it primes for its Rambla or river shore and its beautiful sunsets that can be enjoyed from the parks situated across the Rambla. Practically everyday people gather to view the daily spectacle and occasionally they even clap at the sunset.




Sunday, 4 August 2013

The pigout guide to Montevideo - 2 patos
















Having made for myself a reputation as a greasy spoon gourmet, I have to say that I have visited very fancy restaurants in every country I´ve troded. nevertheless I do prefer places where you eat well and do´nt need to pay for the fake smiles on the faces of the employees.
I´ve already mentioned the "Mercado del Puerto" in Montevideo, where you will find more than 10 different meat joints to choose from. deeper into town at the intersection of Av. Luis Alberto de Herrera and Cnel. Justo Arrechaga, you will find the parrillada 2 Patos, where you can enjoy hearthy parrilladas for half the price of the tourist joints.
















Just in case you do,nt know, a "parrillada" is selection from the asado grill brought to your table in a coal heated tray, containing a variety of meat cuts, sausages and tripe.