Now, the town is full of restaurants, art galleries and shops selling local handicrafts. Instead of metal signs, the streets are marked with ceramic tiles, and ancient bougainvillea climb the brightly colored walls. Huge trees line the main streets, providing welcome shade from the intense summer sun. At night, I could see the lights of Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata.
The old city wall and drawbridge. Along the back side of the wall are several of the original cannons. The preferred mode of transportation in Colonia is by scooter or moped, despite the cobbled streets. This scooter in particular caught my eye...it looks more like a kid´s bike than a motorized vehicle!
Colorful wall hangings by a local artist
An old car, with even older trees
Bougainvillea shades a narrow street leading to the waterfront