Cute Colonia and its many mini museums.
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September 15th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
We had perfectly gorgeous weather as we explored Colonia today. Sunshine, clear sky, cool but not coldâ€¦ wonderful. The Old Town is not huge, but what is here is very quaint and pleasant, and the people are so nice. When you stand at the pedestrian crosswalk, the cars actually stop to let you walk across, without exception. What planet have we landed on? Itâ€™s friendly-ville!
The hotel gave us a map and we followed its recommendation for a walking tour, hitting every single one of the 16 sites listed, including SIX museums. Six museums sounds like a lot, and it is, unless each museum is only one or two small rooms. For example, the Tile Museum was just two rooms, each the size of a bathroom. That one was a pretty quick stopâ€¦about three minutes.
My favorite place was the Portuguese Museum (the town was founded by Portuguese in 1680), housed in a great old house from the 18th century. This museum was bigger than the others, and had navigation maps on display from the 15th and 16th centuries. North America was kind of an unknown blob at this time, and it was funny to look at the world at it was thought to be then. I love old maps and spent some time scrutinizing these. Very cool. There were no photos allowed in any of the museums, so I only have shots of the exteriors.
For lunch we had pizza, a safe bet after our recent string of bad food luck. It wasnâ€™t very good, but even when itâ€™s not good, pizza is not bad. After this, we went down to enjoy the sun and the view at the old wharf.
For dinner, we both had the same craving, so we set out to walk the streets of Colonia looking for SOUP. It was dark and nearly 8pm, but still the restaurants were empty. People eat really late here (and so far, in all of S. America that we have seen). We had no luck finding soup, so we went back to the hotel for a light meal of salads. Mine was excellent, but Steveâ€™s â€śhouse saladâ€ť was actually cold fish sticks and mussels with peppers. Bizarre.
We had only planned for one day (two nights) in this lovely town, and frankly that was enough. Itâ€™s nice, but there are not very many entertainment options. Even so, I would rather be here than in Montevideo. Sad to sayâ€¦ tomorrow, we will return to that dirty gray place. :^(
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