Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Colonia del Sacramento- Testigo del Pasado

Colonia del Sacramento
City in Uruguay/ciudad en Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento is a city in southwestern Uruguay, across the Río de La Plata from Buenos Aires. It's known for its cobblestoned Barrio Histórico, lined with buildings from its time as a Portuguese settlement. Set above the historic district is the 19th-century Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, offering sweeping river views. Nearby lies the Portón de Campo, remnants from the old city walls.

Colonia del Sacramento, conocida en el medio local como Colonia, es la capital del departamento de Colonia, en el suroeste de Uruguay. Está ubicada en la ribera norte —izquierda— del Río de la Plata, a 177 kilómetros de Montevideo y frente a las costas de Buenos AiresArgentina, de la que dista sólo unos 50  kilómetros.
Se encuentra emplazada sobre el cabo que forman las puntas de San Pedro y Santa Rita. Su casco antiguo, el barrio histórico que comprende 12 hectáreas del extremo occidental de la ciudad, fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad en 1995 al ilustrar la fusión exitosa de los estilos portuguésespañol y post-colonial. El plano es de origen portugués y contrasta con el estándar que prescribía la ley española sobre las Indias Occidentales. Se caracteriza por sus calles angostas de piedra, que resaltan su tradición militar.

Legislative Palace in Montevideo | Palacio Legislativo en Montevideo

The construction of this building started in 1904 sponsored by the government of President José Batlle y Ordoñez. It was designed by Italian architects Vittorio Meano and Gaetano Moretti, who planned the building's interior that is covered with marble. Among the notable contributors to the project was sculptor José Belloni, who created numerous reliefs and allegorical sculptures for the building.

El Palacio Legislativo es un edificio construido entre 1908 y 1925 en Montevideo, capital de Uruguay, fue inaugurado el 25 de agosto de 1925 como homenaje a los 100 años de la Declaratoria de la Independencia. Es sede del Poder Legislativo de Uruguay, la Asamblea General, que se integra de dos cámaras que sesionan separada o conjuntamente según las circunstancias: la Cámara de Representantes y la Cámara de Senadores.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

You get educated by traveling. Solange Knowles

Peter and "la milanesa"

The milanesa (in Italian "cotoletta alla milanese") is a dish common in South American countries where generic types of breaded meat fillet preparations are known as a milanesa.[1]

The milanesa was brought to the Southern Cone of South America by Italian immigrants during the mass emigration called the Italian diaspora between 1860-1920s. Its name probably reflects an original Milanese preparation, cotoletta alla Milanese, which is similar to the Austrian Wiener Schnitzel.[2]

A milanesa consists of a thin slice of beef, chicken, veal, or sometimes pork, and even eggplants or soy. Each slice is dipped into beaten eggs, seasoned with salt, and other condiments according to the cook's taste (like parsley and garlic). Each slice is then dipped in bread crumbs (or occasionally flour) and shallow-fried in oil, one at a time. Some people prefer to use very little oil and then bake them in the oven as a healthier alternative. A similar dish is the chicken parmigiana.

La milanesa es un filete fino, normalmente de carne vacuna, pasado por huevo batido y luego por pan rallado, que se cocina frito o (menos comúnmente) al horno. Por extensión, se llama milanesa a cualquier rebanada de un ingrediente rebozado y frito: hay así milanesas de pollo, de pescado, de soja, de berenjena o de mozzarella, entre otros ingredientes.

No se conoce el origen de esta receta, aunque hay muchos mitos al respecto. Su nombre español proviene de la ciudad italiana de Milán. Desde fines de siglo xix ―debido a la gran inmigración italiana que llegó a la Cuenca del Plata― es una comida típica de la cocina argentina, boliviana, chilena, paraguaya, mexicana y uruguaya.

La milanesa puede ser consumida «al plato» (generalmente con una guarnición como ensalada, puré o papas fritas) o en sandwich (sándwich de milanesa) en Argentina, Bolivia y Paraguay ("milanesa al pan" en Uruguay). Este sándwich puede llevar sólo milanesa o incluir lechuga, tomate, huevo, jamón o queso o todos estos ingredientes, en cuyo caso se lo llama "completo"


The Museo Torres García is located in the historic Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) of Montevideo where unusual portraits of historical icons and cubist paintings akin to Picasso's paintings, painted by Joaquín Torres García are exhibited. The museum was established by Manolita Piña Torres, the widow of Torres Garcia after his death in 1949 who also set up the García Torres Foundation, a private non-profit organization which organizes the paintings, drawings, original writings, archives, objects and furniture designed by the painter as well as the photographs, magazines and publications related to him.

Museo Torres García

El Museo Torres García es un centro de artes donde se conserva y expone la magnífica obra del pintor uruguayo Joaquín Torres García. Se ubica en la Ciudad Vieja de Montevideo, sobre la peatonal Sarandí 683. Su colección está compuesta por donaciones de cuadros, escritos originales, dibujos, el archivo documental y objetos y muebles que el pintor diseñó.

High Palette Colors

Low Palette Colors

Museo Gaucho

El museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda se encuentra ubicado en el centro de la ciudad de Montevideo.
El museo fue instalado en el palacio de 3 plantas cuyo dueño fue Heber Jackson. Este edificio es muy imponente por su belleza arquitectónica y fue construido entre 1896 y 1897.

Tiene un estilo eclecticista ya que posee influencia francesa, italiana como se usaba en la época. Este edificio era la vivienda de la familia y un comercio. En la arquitectura se destaca sus finas pinturas en los techos, carpintería y yeserías, escaleras majestuosas dentro de sus habitaciones.

The Gaucho Museum and the Museo de la Moneda –the Mint Museum- share an ornate “palace” on Montevideo’s central avenue. The extravagant French and Italian-style building built in 1896 is reason alone to visit.

Like many of Montevideo’s museums, it is free to the public.

The Gaucho Museum on the third floor hosts a stunning collection of horse gear, silver and gold spurs, broad gaucho belts, mate gourds (the ritual drink in this part of the world) and tobacco-smoking equipment. Many items are around 150 years old.

We are just sending a few pictures from Friday-the kids have been too busy to write on the blog this weekend.  Really, that’s a good thing!  We have really enjoyed this time with you child this week!  The people in Uruguay are taking such good care of us!  To be continued…..

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sailing with winds!

The city has much colonial architecture contrasting with more modern buildings. Nowadays it has a scenic shore, typical resort houses, modern buildings, a port with mooring capacity, department stores, restaurants, and pubs. There are several large houses, and gardens lined with plants.

Punta del Este is home to the only Conrad Hotel in South America, also famous for its casino.


This icon of Punta del Este is an artwork by the Uruguayan painter and sculptor Carlos Páez Vilaró. It sits atop Punta Ballena, as one of the main attractions of the peninsula. The artist began working on the project in 1958, and took 36 years to be completed.

It is universally considered as a “living sculpture”. Inside this masterpiece there are many rooms facing the sea. It also boasts sculptures, paintings and ceramics made by its creator. During the summer season there are sunset classical music concerts. It is possible to view the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and the sunset over the Río de la Plata in Punta Ballena.

finding a friend
Casa Pueblo

On 5 October 1896 Antonio Lussich bought a terrain of 4,447 acres (1,800 ha), which extend from "Arroyo el Potrero" to "Sierra de la Ballena" and from Rio de la Plata to Laguna del Sauce, land which at that time consisted only of sand dunes and stones. The next year Antonio Lussich started the forestry works which had as objective on one hand, to forest the dry lands in an attempt to stop the high winds that came from the ocean, and on the other, once the forest was established, to encourage birds to inhabit it. In order to do that, Antonio Lussich, thanks to the enterprise of maritime rescue contracts obtained all over the world, could manage to get seeds from numerous continents. He bought seeds, plants and trees from around the world and planted them around his house. The first trees planted were: Tamarix, Sea pines, Eucalyptus and the Acacia trinervis to resist the strong winds and sand.

During December 1979, 182 hectares (450 acres) was donated to the Municipality of Maldonado and then opened to the public. The Lussich Arboretum is one of the most important Forest Reserves in the world.

El Arboretum Lussich a nivel mundial, es una de las reservas forestales artificiales con mayor diversidad de especies importadas y aclimatadas localmente. Cuenta con 400 especies exóticas y 70 autóctonas entre árboles y arbustos.

Un lugar para sentirse en contacto con la naturaleza y maravillarse. 

Punta del Este- La Mano

Punta del Este es una ciudad peninsular situada en el extremo meridional de Uruguay, en el departamento de Maldonado. Es uno de los balnearios más importantes de América Latina. Está ubicada sobre una estrecha franja de tierra que convencionalmente separa el Río de la Plata del océano Atlántico —aunque ambas riberas están bañadas por aguas ya marinas—. Cuenta con una población permanente de 12 423 habitantes, cantidad que alcanza los 450 000 durante la temporada turística en verano. Es uno de los centros del conurbano de Maldonado, que en 2011 tenía una población de 135 399 personas. En la Ronda Uruguay desarrollada en esta ciudad, nació la actual Organización Mundial del comercio.

Air flower

Punta del Este Harbour

 Pancho eating fish

Laguna Garzon Hotel

Wow, what a fun filled day we had Thursday!  We left at 8:00 to go to Casa Pueblo, a very interesting art museum (one of the high lights included hanging out with the local cat).  Then we traveled to the national park called Arboretum Lussich where we hiked and discovered many plants that we’ve never seen in the United States before.  After we had some delicious pizza in Punta Del Este  for lunch, we went to the beach to see the La mano (the hand in the sand.)  The next stop was to look for seals in harbor where we found Pancho.  Our last sight was walking around their circular bridge.  We drank Colet, our new favorite chocolate shake drink on the way back and finally arrived back to the school around 8:00.  Everyone had a wonderful traditional meal that evening when they got back home.  To be continued….

The kids will be busy all weekend, but we will report back on Monday.