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Colonia del Sacramento

It has been way too long since I have updated the site. To reward your patience, here are a few pictures from Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, as a preview to the next trip I will upload - namely Argentina.

The city has been founded in 1680 by Portugal and had at the time the name of Colónia do Sacramento. The city has changed many times of ruler, oscillating between Portugal and Spain. The last ruler before independence of Uruguay in 1828 was Brazil.

The historical part of the city (Barrio HIstórico) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento
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City gate - Portón de Campo

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Lighthouse

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View from the Lighthouse

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Streets in the historical quarter

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Bolivia - the North

It has taken me a while, but part 2 of the bolivian pictures is now online.

This part concentrates on the north of the country, with places such as Sajama, Titicaca lake and the Cordillera Real.

Landscapes are different from the South, but just as beautiful and varied. In this part of the trip, we have also left the altiplano to venture deeper in the mountains.

For the whole gallery, it is over there

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Golzern

Golzern



I have been for the first time to the Maderanertal. It is a gorgeous place located in canton Uri.

I have taken the small cable car (capacity of 8 passengers) from Bristen to go up the mountain.

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View from the cable car toward the parking in Bristen


Once there, the view is beautiful with a panorama towards the Bristen and Oberalpstock.

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View towards Oberalpstock (3328m)

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View towards Bristen (3073m)

In my back was a view towards the Windgällen

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Gross Windgällen (3187m)

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Gross Windgällen (3187m)


I have then started a small hike (or stroll) to get a better view of the lake.

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Hiking trail in the forest


There were many beautiful flowers along the way

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Finally, I had a great view towards the small Golzernsee

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Golzernsee (1409m) in front of Bristen (center - 3073m) and Piz Nair (left - 3059m)


Going back down, a view on the Maderanertal opened

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Maderanertal and Gross Düssi (3256m)


Once back down, it was time for a dip in the lake

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Golzernsee

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Golzernsee


It was then time to head back to the cable car for the ride down

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Seewen in front of the Spannort Massif


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Alpine Flowers

Alpine flowers


Although it is mid-July, there are still plenty of flowers in the mountains. I have spent a few hours in Gitschenen (canton of Uri), where I have taken those pictures… Plant identification is not my strength. excuse therefore the lacking names and the potential mistakes ;-)


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Centaurea montana - Mountain Bluet


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Geranium sylvaticum - Wood Cranesbill


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Polygonum bistorta - Bistort


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Aegopodium podagraria - Ground Elder


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Silene Vulgaris - Bladder Campion


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Myosotis arvensis - Field Forget-me-not



And some broader views to finish…

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A great Tit's story...

Let me introduce my friends. There is a pair of great tits that has been living on my balcony for a while.

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Spring came and they decided to build a family.

However, the eggs were laid, the chicks were born and the dad had some sudden doubts.

“Am I really the father? That can’t be. They don’t look like me. Has my wife been cheating on me with another tit?”

He decided that he needed to know for sure.

That’s how he came to the idea that he had to check in a book how his kids were supposed to look like. If those are not his, he’ll leave the nest…

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Once reassured that those noisy chicks were really his, he went back home.

Let me introduce now the rest of the family…

Here is chick number one:

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And chick number two:

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Those are some noisy little birdies. They won’t stop asking for food.

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So the parents have to fly away…

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And fetch some food…

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Again and again and again…

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To be able to feed all those hungry birds

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Because if they’re not fed, they turn into… angry birds!

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