This day is spent in a small town that offers beach, shopping, a boardwalk,surrounded by hills and wooded areas, somewhat off well trod tourist tracks.
To get here we pull off Route 1 out of Punta Del Este and cut through gorgeous hills and grasslands with cows, fields of yellow flowers, a few white puffs of clouds on an otherwise blue sky tablecloth, small farm homes set back from the road.
Piriapolis is a destination where you can relax and put away pretensions. There is a tendency in travel to be consumed by sights, important artifacts, historical events, the need to see and do everything, at once.
Here, you have rural simplicity in a small town.
There are peculiar houses in Piriapolis. There are homes with thatched roofs, sculptured walls, A frames, California bungalows, ranch homes, and even hippie hangouts with VW buses in the drive. One lady has a black winding staircase in her front yard that lets her go up to her roof to hang her clothes out to dry.
Dogs greet me as I walk through their neighborhoods and only half of the hounds are energetic enough to bark.
It is comfortable here,a hint of California in the middle of Dorothy’s Kansas.
I look for Toto and find him asleep on a cushion in a front porch rocking chair. His head leans against a small pillow and a blanket knitted just for the length of his body lets him know that he is loved.
Juan Carlos had a grocery here and sold it to buy the hotel in Punta Del Este.
After an afternoon here I am ready to go back to Punta Del Este.
It would take a lot of good friends to make me stay here longer than a week.
For small town living, Colonia Del Sacramento or Punta Del Este would suit me better.