Off to Colonia
Colonia del Sacramento Travel Blog› entry 95 of 177 › view all entries
Johnny dropped us at Tres Cruces this morning to catch our bus to Colonia, only about 2 hours north west of Montevideo. Ignacio met us at the station to say goodbye, and then we headed off at 11.30am. When we arrived at the hostel, which we´d booked a week before, the girl claimed not to have our booking but suddenly said it was all OK when I told her I´d kept all the emails confirming the booking and could show her if she wanted! Went for a quick walk around town, got some groceries and then back to the room to plan our course of action. Cooked spaghetti for dinner - kitchen here is basially one stove so would be hell in the busy summer time trying to get access to it.
Spent today following the walking tour on the local info map. None of the museums open until 11.15am, so had a coffee at Mercosur, one of the only cafes in town open in the morning. Not all of the museums are open each day, so we had to make sure we went to the right ones! You buy one ticket for U$50 which then gives you access to all of them, they just sign your entrance ticket when you go in. First stop on our walk was the Porton de Campo, the old city gate next to the ruins of the drawbridge and city wall. You can see the busy ferry port from the end of the wall. Walked up to the Calle de los Suspiros with its cobblestones and early colonial houses, then up to the Portuguese Museumj on the Plaza Mayor. The museum is in an 18th century stone house and is filled with replicas of early Portuguese furniture, decorative arts and uniforms.