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Today’s big morning activity is a trip to the Feria Tristán Narvaja, just off the main artery, Avenida 18 de Julio. Over a 10-block radius, you can find every manner of bric-a-brac, with a few interesting antiques mixed in. I spot a collection of diminutive oil cans, old German keys marked “Berlin,” and four Art Nouveau tiles.  

Back on Tristan Narvaja, we check out the higher-end antiques shops. It’s a most pleasant way to while away the hours from 9 to 4.  But we have other places to go.  

We drive out of the city on Highway 9 toward Punta del Este. If Montevideo shares an architectural past with the Collins Avenue of yesteryear, then Punta feels very much like today’s Palm Beach.  The traffic thickens as we approach a lush spit of land dotted with white-washed homes. The calm Rio de la Plata is to our right and the wild Atlantic to our left: the beautiful people are everywhere. Some 100,000 Argentines migrate to these shores every January.  

We park in a neighborhood at the tip of the point, away from the madding crowd. Near the port we find a great men’s shop with interesting mariners’ gear and a handsome cable-knit fisherman’s sweater.

We walk up Avenida Gorlero to the Playa Brava. Since the ocean isn’t too rough, I roll up my pants cuffs. The water feels fine but a cerveza right now would really do the trick. Back on the warm sand, I can’t resist having my picture taken next to the whimsical sculpture known as La Mano (the hand). 

Why do some monuments demand a commemorative snapshot?


J. Peterman


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January 20, 2009 10:36 AM
1198 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Doc Nolan said...

Could it be our blind need to be connected to something larger than our solitary, vulnerable selves?

January 20, 2009 1:03 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

or, could it just be that it makes us smile when we view these photos later and that the reason it does just doesn't matter?  I guess I've alwaysthought of these places as common map pins that designate that were there once, on that very spot that is now so far away from here and today.

Maybe these photo-opportunity landmarks serve as a paint-by-numbers sort of things for would be photographers.

I'm simply compelled to do so.

peace out

January 21, 2009 2:00 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

As always, John, with but one blow you strike the nail on its head: "The reason...just doesn't matter."  If you'll allow me to extrapolate, please? "...landmarks serve as...paint-by-numbers...for would-be photographers," you know more than you think you know, say more than you think you say, for those landmarks aren't only for artists; rather, for what it means to be compelled to delve so deeply that you understand places, pin-spots now so far away from here and today. No surface-only rower you, your mind. Lucky family. 

O, for a fire (there, not here, as yesterday's snow behaved as usual, melting before it hit our forgiving ground), comfort food, conversation, conRersation, conusation, and conrageous richen-to-get-at-it words...nothing better, given your mind-wand'rings. Even at a distance am I fortunate.  Eve

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