Straight Roads To The East

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
Trip End Nov 23, 2007

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Friday, November 16, 2007

After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, we had another look around Colonia Del Sacramento. We were walking up a cobbled street ane the lighthouse just opened so we took the long walk up to the top for great views over the town. At the top of the street, there was a film crew - we read that there is filming in Uruguay for "Informers" starring Kim Basinger, Micky Rourke, Billy Bob-Thornton, but they were nowhere to be seen. I walked past hoping for an extras part, which reminds me. Twice, in different parts of Argentina, I was told I looked like a famous actor - Dennis Quaid. The American girls on the 4x4 trip, on hereing the guides call me "Famous Movie Star", thought it was Harrison Ford or Richard Gere. Anyway, my ego took a nice boost that day.

We left Colonia around 11am, tryed to buy a map at 3 different garages, they they donīt exist. Our next stop would be the capital, Montevideo, about 2 hours drive. The roads were almost dead straight, through beautiful countryside and rolling hills. Lotīs of farms and Tractor places which Lizzīs dad would have loved. Our car doesnīt have AirCon, and the temperature is around 28-30 degrees today.

The outskirts of Montevideo looked quite poor, with a few slum type areas. There were also quite a lot of Horse and Carts on the road. These would also be near the centre, collecting things from the rubbish on the road. The main coast road through Montevideo is quite spectacular - Miles of beaches. The water is a bit brown though, as itīs the estuary for the river Plate. We stopped for lunch, and photos before carrying on.

We have another hour and a half before reaching Punta Ballena, which is just outside Punta Del Este. We stop at Piriapolis for an icecream. The whole Uruguayan coast is just full of beaches and resorts. Our hotel is great (weīll write about it tomorrow), itīs still hot here in the evening, so I manage to have a nice swim in the pool.
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