Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
447Trip End Dec 28, 2010
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A short drive to get to the workshop of the painter Vasquez. He was born in Uruguay and grew up to become one of the best known painters of or time. He was a friend and follower of Picasso and has lived in several countries around the world doing his painting. He has always classed this house as his home though and spent 20 years building it as he wanted. It is built on the side of a hill with fantastic views over the sea. It is built on several different levels and the theme that he used was of an outdoor baking oven. There are no straight lines or angles in the building. I do not know if they have changed the system, but you used to be able to go over a lot of the house. Today we could only see five rooms which were completely full of his paintings. In fact in one corner there were several bits by Picasso. Still do not know why people rave about this style of painting
4th - After a good night we got the moped out and drove about 5 kms to get to the centre of the town itself. We started at Plaza Independencia, with its huge statue of Jose Artigas, the main hero of Uruguay. He was responsible for getting independence from Spain. The statue itself is built over the mausoleum with the ashes of Artigas with a permanent guard of two ceremonial soldiers. Around the square can be found the 26-story Palacio Salvo, when it was opened in 1922 it was the tallest building in South America. In the same square is the Palacio Estevez,built in the 18th century as the Government building. It stayed in use until 1985 and today is a museum of the presidents. Unfortunately they do not allow photos in any of the museums so we could only look at the old uniforms, swords, office equipment and photos from the different periods. After walking through the colonial Puerto de la Ciudadela, or entrance gate we were then in the old town itself. This is another mixture of buildings with many old colonial buildings and many new structures right next to each other