Greeted with this news i wandered over the river (Río de la Plata) into Uruguay to Colonia del Sacramento which is in southwestern Uruguay, opting to take the one hour ferry (instead of the 3 hour option). It is the oldest town in Uruguay and a designated World Heritage Site. it was originally a Portuguese colony, then spanish, then Portuguese, then spanish etc etc...
The European influence is evident throughout the old town, it has an incredibly laid back, relaxed feel, polar opposite to Buenos Aires at the moment. While there i decided to try the local speciality dish , the name escapes me know, but minus the egg (personal taste) was pretty tasty, consisting of: salad, potato salad, fries, 2 steaks with ham on top (and eggs on top of that - see pics).
Nearly missed the ferry to return an hadn't realise that uruguay is an hour ahead of Buenos Aires, luckily, encouraged by the workers at the ferry terminal, i managed to jump over to the car ramp as it was closing...very action film...
would love to translate, but my spanish is still quite poor
City gate and drawbridge
typical 'old' house
view from restaurant over Río de la Plata
tree lined avenues
the local speciality
1/2 sized tram abandoned on the road
the Basilica of the Holy Sacrament
the year round nativity scene