Friday, July 31, 2009

Buenos Aires - La Boca

I had a great day with a good friend exploring La Boca.  It was very enjoyable and highly recommended.

The Colors - La Boca

The light - La Boca

The textures - La Boca

The entertainment - La Boca

The Barrio - La Boca

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Asuncion Paraguay

The Government Palace - Asuncion

The Government Palace - Asuncion

Guards in Asuncion

My Hotel in Asuncion, Paraguay

El Cabildo in Asunción, Paraguay

I'm spending a couple days in Paraguay and I have to say that Asunción is an interesting capitol city. It has a lot of beautiful historic buildings and areas. There are also many old buildings in need of repair and I would love to see them restored and maintained. One beautiful old building is the Cabildo. This pink colonial building is very much worth a visit. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of its simple clean colonial beauty.

El Cabildo Asunción, Paraguay

Stairs in El Cabildo in Asunción, Paraguay

Window in El Cabildo in Asunción, Paraguay

Art in Asunción, Paraguay

Cathedral in Asuncion

La Catedral Metropolitana de Asuncion

(Left - One of the side naves in the cathedral)
(Right - Paseo Comuneros)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Livramento & Uruguaiana, Brazil

I left Uruguay through Rivera and the northern border. Rivera and Livramento are virtually the same city. To cross from one country to the other is as easy as walking across the main park. After a few days on the border I headed into Brazil. I spent a day or two in Uruguaiana (Brazil) which is right on the border with Argentina. It is a pleasant little city and was a nice stop before returning to Argentina. (Picture to the right is the Cathedral in Uruguaiana. Picture above is a building in Livramento)

Brazilian police horse having a break under a tree (Livramento)

The River Uruguay looking at Argentina from the Brazilian shore

Legislative Palace in Montevideo, Uruguay

A good friend from Montevideo came with me for a tour of the national government building El Palacio Legislativo. It truly is an amazing building. The stone and wood working inside and outside are wonderfully artistic. The details are astounding and everywhere. And, the library, oh the library, it is simply an enchanting room. I would love to spend an afternoon reading in it; in one of the big leather arm chairs surrounded by books, statues, history and the most enticing smell... the smell of knowledge and wisdom written on paper and bound in leather.

The Legislative Palace in Montevideo, Uruguay
Library in the Palace - notice the inlaid wood

Detail above a door in the Legislative Palace - solid stone

Detail of a gate at the Legislative Palace

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Teatro Solis - Montevideo Uruguay

Teatro Solis is such a wonderful and beautiful place. I was lucky enough to get to visit there this year and to be acompanied by one of my most favorite people. Gracias Lila.

Teatro Solis - Montevideo

Teatro Solis - Montevideo

La Casa de Guerra

This house has a very special place in my heart, life and mind. It has been in many dreams. It fills me with happy memories and good feelings. It is my sanctuary and my peace.
La Casa

La Casa
La Casa

La Casa
La Casa

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Montevideo - Uruguay

It has been a long time since I was last in Montevideo, Uruguay. I was very exicted to return to this charming South American capitol city. The main reason to return was to visit dear friends (whom I would include as being as dear as family to me). Of course, this is a very cold time of year to visit Uruguay, but I want to be here for my birthday. Here are a few pictures from Montevideo.

Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja in the beautiful country of Uruguay

El Cerro in Montevideo, Uruguay

Locks on Avenida 18 de Julio - Montevideo
When you find someone special, get a lock and together place it on the fence and then throw the key into the fountain. Judging by the number of locks, Montevideo is a happy place.

Plaza de la Constitución - Montevideo

The wind kicking up the Río de la Plata - Montevideo

La Ramba - Montevideo

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Well once again it is time to say good-bye to Spain. I always start and end my Spanish trips in Madrid. In many ways Madrid feels like home and I tend to visit the same wonderful places here in the capital city. This time was no exception, however I also wanted to explore some parts I don't usually visit. Here are three "Good-bye Spain" pictures.

The Almundena Cathedral in front of the Royal Palace Madrid

BMW Headquarters in Madrid

Plaza de Castilla

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cashel, Ireland

Hore Abbey near the Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

The view from the Rock of Cashel

Cashel, Ireland

My Bed and Breakfast is the white building in this picture

Cashel, Ireland

Field in Cashel, Ireland

Waterdrops on Clover - Cashel, Ireland

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cahir Ireland

I had to change buses in Cahir and decided to take advantage of the time by visiting Cahir Castle. I was not disappointed. It is a charming castle and a great place to spend some time. I enjoyed climbing the battlements and towers. I enjoyed the rooms and gardens. And, I enjoyed the fact that is wasn't crowded at all. I was the king of the castle for a few short hours. The castle is a must see for anyone in the area. (To the right you'll see the stair built inside the wall.)

Window in Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Roses in Cahir Castle Ireland