Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Beauty of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Following up on last week's photos, we are showing some more photos from Colonia del Sacramento. Even the backyards here have color and charm.
With backyards such as the first photo, would you expect anything less colorful and charming for the front doorways of Colonia?
Believe it or not, this is the "modern" section of Colonia. This is outside the old colonial walled city, which explains why there are cars on the streets and the streets are much wider, but not wide enough to escape the generous shade of the trees.
Colonia is known for the old cars that residents have saved and continue to drive. But after a car is no longer running, why not use it as a planter?
Colonia used to be a Portuguese colony, so of course it has a tradition of exquisite decorative tiles.
The ruins of the colonial buildings next to the old lighthouse provide shapes and patterns to the stone and brick work.
A bougainvillea explodes in color to compete with the architecture for attention.
This is a typical street scene in Colonia, with the lighthous in the background. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it has retained the Portuguese and Spanish colonial character of 200 - 300 years ago.

10 comments:

brattcat said...

This, I think, is one of my favorite of your travel series. You really capture something quietly special here.

glenda said...

What a beautiful town this is. The flowers and blooming bushes are pretty spectacular. Lucky people who live there.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Soon these wonderful pictures must be hosted by "taxidiaris"!! Well done!

Memphis MOJO said...

Quite beautiful.

Lois said...

Lovely pictures Julie. I like that car planter much better than the toilet planter I posted on my blog yesterday!

JM said...

Glad you have posted another series of Colonia del Sacramento shots! The place looks absolutely wonderful and your photos are lovely indeed!

Nefertiti,deesse NiLuNoah adoratrice d Aton said...

tout simplement superbe !

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Samson said...

beautiful photo's love the empty streets.... place is so colorful, would love to go there... thanks for sharing

robert said...

Thank you for this 'oasis' of colour, us to see, living in a city with too much grey.

Leesa said...

Beautiful shots...

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