Pictures of Our Trip to Atlantida

Our first trip to Atlantida was lovely.  We stayed at the Hotel Argentina right on Calle 11 Y 24 which is about a block from the main restaurant row and the center of town and close to the beach. The hotel was very nice, we had a well fitted room on the second floor with a queen-sized bed, mini bar and all the other necessities.

A breakfast buffet served each morning from 8 until 10:00 and included fresh brewed coffee, decaf and an assortment of teas, along with fresh orange juice. One thing I just love is hot milk for my coffee and they had two decanters filled so I can have my half and half. The rolls, medialunas, sliced breads, pastries were fresh each morning and they had two flavors of yogurt, several cereal choices and cut meats and cheeses plus whole fruits of bananas, apples, oranges and pears.  Condiments included a bowl of dulce de leche for your toast along with several other marmalades and butter. They do not have a restaurant on the premises but during the day if you need a little nosh they will make you a cup of tea or coffee and a hot sandwich of cheese and ham.

As you can see from the photo above I am not proficient at taking selfies, I think that is a good thing…. This is a shot taken after a lunch with Tannat wine and a Chivito.  I am happy but ready for a short siesta and Joe is acting as my own personal pillow.

The beaches are well below street level, wide in most places and have a beautiful fine white sand.  Sea oats and other grasses grow along the shoreline on the dunes and we saw signs which I think said they are protected by the government like on US coastlines.  Many of the beaches have large trees for shade for those who only want a bit of sun.

In 1908 a group of Uruguayan doctors and medical students planted an estimated 150,000 pine and eucalyptus trees in an effort to beautify the area and stabilize the sand dunes. After the tree planting the area became known as Playa de los Médicos (Beach of the Doctors). However, the doctors and medical students decided on the name “Atlántida”, after Plato’s legendary lost continent of Atlantis. Some of the trees have an unusual trunk where the bark is in a swirling pattern and peels off leaving stripes of different colors. There is a variety of eucalyptus that has a multicolored bark.  See picture below.  We have not seen this variety yet but I would love to see it close up.

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This is the Eagle house overlooking the beach – open to the public. Built many years ago by a famous visionary Natalio Michelizzi who also built some of the other landmark buildings in the 30s and 40s.

This metal sculpture obviously represent the sun and actually resembles part of the Uruguayan flag. Certain times of the year you can watch the sun set through it.While walking back from the beach we found a fountain in the middle of an intersection. Surrounded by benches some in the sun some in the shade.  So of course we took a short break to listen to the birds and catch our breath. This fountain built to thank the medical students and doctors for their work to beautiful Atlantida. Each level of the fountain represents the different name the town had at various points in its history.

This 100-year-old boat sits alongside a seafood restaurant right on the beach.  Looks like a great place to have a drink and lunch or early dinner.  We will try it the next time we are back in Atlantida.As you can see Joe is one happy guy. He is sitting at just another entrance to the beach.  One of the many great things we noticed while in Atlantida is the number of trash receptacles and benches, they are everywhere and the town is very clean and well maintained.  We found the fresh fish place right on the beach.  That day they had fresh tuna steaks, merluza (hake), black corvina and another choice which we both cannot remember but looked good.

Teatro ALSUR a theater / movie house / cafe is located in town.  They have live theater performances as well as show films and do art exhibits.

We think this is another species of eucalyptus.  They line almost all the streets, are huge with a great canopy of leaves that give shade to the sidewalks and in some cases the entire street. View down to the beach, also lined with trees, there is a set of steps and a wooden walkway for those of us having problems making the stairs. An amphitheater located on the Playa Mansa.  It has live performances and even dancing on the weekends.  Many just come to the beach with their yerba mate tea or snack and watch the sun set.  The Yerba Mate Tea is almost like a religion here, we saw many many folks with their mate cup, thermos filled with hot water, silver straw and even some have a leather carrying case for their tea. See below. When we originally flew into Montevideo from Santiago Chile one of the national futbol teams from Montevideo were returning from a match in Chile. There were as many of these mate kits as carry-on luggage!

This is my full mate set all together. There are two containers, one for yerba and one for sugar. The mate, straw and thermos, all held together in a beautiful bag.

Enjoying a well deserved rest after another one of our walks.  The town is lovely and we have decided to make it our home. House hunting news to follow.

15 thoughts on “Pictures of Our Trip to Atlantida

  1. Nancy – Atlantida looks lovely and filled with beautiful places to visit and explore. We did notice you were wearing jackets (at least I think that is what we used to call those long sleeved outer garments)!

    Joe looks great. We are happy for you. JandM

    • Hi Mary and John, Yes, we are wearing jackets, seems I get cold when the weather goes below 80 and that one morning it was in the low 70’s. Bright sunny but the air was cool. It will take some getting used to. We have already started to buy long sleeved shirts, I bought a jacket and Joe has bought a few sweaters. We are now looking for heavy coats for the winter here which will get down into the 40’s….that is going to be cold but we knew it when we moved so we are preparing. I did buy a pair of boots…when I wear them I will take a picture to show you. No sandals all winter anymore..ha ha hugs to you both, write me an email and update me…have your chickens started to give you any eggs? be well, N & J

  2. Atlantida looks like a beautiful place. I’m sure you and Joe will be very happy there! You know, I think it’s the first time I’ve seen pictures of you two wearing jackets! I can’t wait to see pictures of your next place you call home. Happy House Hunting!!

    • Marilee, we do own a few light jackets but will need something pretty heavy for this winter. Mary and John MacDonald said the same thing. take care of yourself, how much snow did you end up getting??? be well, Nancy PS Joe says HI to you and Penny

  3. Looking forward to your house hunting, I have followed along since Salinas. Jusr wondering how you cope with the medical changes from country to country. LAst year it cost us $1200 canadian for two to be away in Mexico for three months. Since I turn 65 next month the price will go up. Love your posts. Thanks

    • Hi Shelagh, I just spent the past 20 minutes answering your questions about medical and the computer decided to restart and deleted my answer, I will write it up in word and recopy to here in the next few hours. But our experience with medical has been great so far. More to come later and I will sent a copy to your email address as well, Nancy

  4. I live in Panama and have trouble when the temperature gets below 70. I flew back to Miami once and almost froze to death at the airport. They had their a/c set low.

    • Hi John, we are going to have some cold days in the next several months. Joe and I just bought hats and scarves when we were out walking today. They are starting to show fall and winter clothes in the stores and I even bought a pair of boots. Yes, boots. I have not worn covered shoes in over 10 years except for sneakers so this is going to be a big change for both of us….Nancy

    • Shelagh
      Sorry it has been a busy day so I am just getting to my messages.

      Insurance. Here is with mutualistas, There are several and Joe does all the research before we make a move. Especially on important things like insurance, to be sure we can find some type of coverage. He found that there are many mutualistas here in Uruguay. Each with their own rules. He found two that would consider us because of our age. The more desirable one said they had an age limit and of course it was 65, I am 65 and Joe is 67. But he read somewhere that they had given insurance to others that were older than us. This mutualista Asociation Espanola has clinics all over the country. We made an appointment and went alone without someone to translate, the office manager and I had been corresponding for a few weeks and we met her and she put us with an agent who spoke pretty good English. It took about 30 minutes to complete the paperwork, no testing, no questions about health, no pre-existing conditions. We had insurance that day for 70.49 for each and that includes a death benefit of $11 each per month. It will pay completely for burial, plot, casket, transportation etc etc We don’t have anyone here and would be lost to do this by ourselves, this way Espanola will just handle it for us.

      There is a Espanola clinic directly behind our apartment here in Montevideo and I have used it. When you go for your residency you must get a health card, you make an appointment with a clinic, get some blood drawn, urine sample, they take your BP and check your teeth ????? why the teeth, I just don;t know…and the one vaccination that is required here is a tetanus shot…My last shot was over 10 years ago and Joe has never had one, so right there you get your shot…well because mine is a renew of a shot I have the pleasure of having 3 not one shots. So one month after the first one I had to get the second and then in one year I get the third and then I am good for 10 years. We had signed up for the insurance and about 3 weeks later it was time for my shot, all I had to do was walk into the clinic next door give them my cedula and the little card registering my shots and I was given the 2nd shot. It cost nothing and the information was posted to my file which is on line. Any time I see a doctor at any of their clinics it is posted to this file, with all info, prescriptions etc and I can access it 24/7 on my computer. Never need to take paperwork to a doctors appointment as all is on line. Oh BTW here you get one cedula number for life, it is used for your cedula, Uruguay passport, the medical insurance everything….what a great idea. We just renewed our US passports and were given a new number, that is insane,,,

      Just today I email the young lady in the Espanola office and she made an appointment for Joe with a cardiologist who speaks English in one of the clinics here in Montevideo. Joe needs to change his BP meds and the meds are given out at the clinic. They do have pharmacies here but unlike Ecuador and Panama you do need a prescription for certain medicines and BP meds are one of those that need a prescription.

      We will see how we do with this new system. We were blessed with good health in Ecuador and for the two years we had the IESS insurance we never used it. As we could just run to the pharmacy and buy whatever we needed without seeing the IESS doctors.

      If I missed answering any of your questions, please just email or make a comment on the blog and I will try my best to answer,

      Have a great evening, Nancy

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