Showing posts from June, 2012

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay...Doors, Windows and Passageways

I took a little trip across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Uruguayis a country in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to about 3.3 million people,of whom 1.8 million live in the capital Montevideo. An estimated 88% of the population are of European descent. Colonia(formerly the Portuguese Colónia do Sacramento) is a city in southwestern Uruguay, by the Río de la Plata, facing Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the oldest town in Uruguay and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a population of around 22,000.
It has an interesting history. Founded in 1680 by Portugal as Colónia do Sacramento, the colony was later disputed by the Spanish who settled on the opposite bank of the river at Buenos Aires. The colony was conquered by José de Garro in 1680, but returned to Portugal the next year. It was conquered again by the Spanish in March 1705 after a siege of five months, but given back in the Treaty of Utrecht. Another attack during the Spanish-Portuguese…

Adventure Touring Motorcycle Review

Here is a video reviewing adventure touring motorcycles including the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure. Pity that they left out the Suzuki DR650... they don't know what they are missing.

Husqvarna TE310 bike review

Here is a review of the Husqvarna TE310 dual sport bike. I'm liking it.

Buenos Aires... Tango

On my final night in Buenos Aires I went to watch Tango.
I visited dance hall called a Milonga. There was some pretty serious dancing going on.
A band called El Afronte was providing the tunes.
Here is a short 4 minute video of El Afronte.

Buenos Aires... El Ateneo Bookstore

I visited El Ateneo bookstore. It is a pretty normal bookstore from the outside, although it has a fancy facade. Inside there are shelves of books. A typical section with travel books. A typical section with cookbooks. A typical cafe. They do have some art on temporary display. And the bookstore has five levels
But, the amazing thing about this bookstore is that it is built within an old opera house. There are rows of books on the floor and throughout the balconies.
These nooks used to be balcony seats.
That now serve as reading rooms.
There is still a chandelier.
And frescos painted on the ceiling.
A nice place to browse for a book or two.