Carmelo, Uruguay

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Carmelo, Uruguay

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Carmelo, Uruguay May 30, 2011
Anyone taking the buquebus ferry to Colonia, Uruguay from Buenos Aires should definitely take at least a day to see the rolling hills of the Uruguayan countryside. On the day after Christmas, 2 Argentines & I took the bus 75 km (47 miles) to the town of Carmelo, Uruguay. The land is heavily farmed, mostly grains, & is beautifully rolling. Many people live along the route, & we even passed a brick school with a huge chimney, much like those that existed all over the USA in the 1950's. At Carmelo, we hired a taxi driver to carry us the 11 km out to the (abandoned) estancia Narbonna. It is a gray stone or concrete ruin located on a rise in the middle of the pasture. It consists of a chapel, the main house, & a 1 stone seat outhouse attached at the end of the kitchen. There is a caretaker on the property, who gave us further info. on the cistern as well as the slave pit beneath the chapel. The setting is magnificent, & there are trees in the pasture that contain some sort of huge bird nests. The taxi driver waited on us, & upon returning to the main hwy., immediately stopped at Uruguay's oldest bridge, a 6 arch stone & brick structure of single lane built in 1870. We returned to Carmelo & ate & went our separate ways. I wandered thru the old town, visiting the tourist ofc. in a gov't building, where in the courtyard is still preserved the original well. There were a number of horse drawn carts as well as a farrier's shop in the town.

I walked down to the riverfront, which separates the town

from the farmland. There are nice walks & benches along the riverfront. As I waited on the bus for the return trip to Colonia, I noted magnificent horses hauling loads of hay into the town, with people riding atop the hay in absolutely perfect weather. Truly, there is a quality of life here that no longer exists in the USA.
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