As magnificent as Buenos Aires is, it can become too much. Too loud, too busy, too everything. A good cure for that is to get away for the day and seek a quiet place to recharge. We contemplated our options and decided on a day trip across the River Plata to Colonia de Sacramento in Uruguay. It was wonderful.
Getting to the ferry was a bit of an adventure, first a wrong turn into the not so good part of town, then trying to cross a multi-lane road where pedestrians are not wanted, standing in line for what seems forever and then jogging down the gangplank to reach the ferry in a nick of time. All went well and we were off.
The ferry was full but when we stepped off the ferry, most headed to the buses that were waiting to take them to Montevideo. Only a few slowly strolled towards old-town Colonia which has been beautifully restored and preserved. It is one of the oldest towns in Uruguay and an Unesco World Heritage Site. The cobbled streets are lined with beautiful trees, few cars drive by, there is a sense of calm and it’s easy to relax. The buildings are painted in pretty colors, there are bougainvilleas growing everywhere and the river can be seen from almost every street. We walked around at a leisurely pace, sat in a café and lounged at the river. A perfect day in every way.