Uruguay – town

Uruguay has about 3M people and has a complicated history, which we won’t get into.

It’s white (wiki). Like Argentina there was an early campaign to kill off the indigenous people
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The town of Colonia del Sacramento was occupied first by the Portuguese, then by the Spanish. It’s a small port town and Lucinda and I rolled into it off the ferry.

The waterfront is on the River Plate. This is where the British cruisers HMS Ajax, Achilles and Exeter famously hunted down and found the fast and deadly German battleship Admiral Graf Spee at the beginning of WW2
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There’s a great road to walk below the town along the river
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The original Portuguese fort
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It’s maybe the prettiest colonial town I’ve seen since Campeche, Mexico. I took a ton of photo’s. Here are a few representative shots. A typical street
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another
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Some older streets
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Some severe
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Some the opposite
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Nice white
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An entry corridor, with Nerines
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A beautiful home
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Inside the white church
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A cafe town
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another
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Actually in the above shot I was photographing a Uruguayan princess in the distance there. A crop below. Latinas are for the most part, contrary to your imagination, not long-legged. But you learn to overlook that
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Or a cafe by the waterDSC01844

There’s a lighthouse built in the remains of a convent
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Inside, the metal steps to the top got progressively narrower
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And at the top you had to climb a tiny ladder and squeeze through an opening
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I’ve been reading that back home there’s this new phenomenon called a ‘selfie’. So I took one!
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The view from up top
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And in the other direction
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Looking out to sea, you can see a small flock of birds. Those are parrots, which are flying everywhere in this town
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Here’s one flying in to land in one of the giant palms that ring the main square
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These are just a few views of this very special town characterized by the mix of Portuguese and Spanish architecture. The Uruguayans are prosperous and the wealth is apparent.

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