Casapueblo from Punta Ballena
Today (Saturday June 12th) is our second anniversary in Uruguay. It is not a great time of year and we almost didn't do anything special, today, because of the dark and stormy skies. But Denise pushed and I gave in. So we headed up to Punta del Este to visit Casapueblo, at Punta Ballena.
Casapueblo is the house of noted Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. He has a place in Argentina, and this incredible house, built and designed by himself, over the years. In his youth, he hobnobbed with the great and near greats. There is a photo of him and Picasso from his time abroad, as you exit the galleries.
The cost of walking through the "museum" is 120 pesos ($6 US) and it is well worth it. The art was fantastic. But the house is another world. It goes on and on and on. Photos really can't give you a good idea of how extensive it is. And today was not even a great day. We were enchanted with the setting and could only imagine going there on a bright, sunny and warm day. We plan to do just that, because you could visit this place over and over again. You only get to see a small portion of the place, since the artist resides there still from time to time and a hotel has been added, as well.
We were hosted by that couple from Nebraska, Shawn and Mari. Their house is just minutes from Casapueblo. If location is everything, then their house has everything. After looking through the galleries and seeing some of the sights, we stopped into the little restaurant for a quick bite to eat, a coffee and then we were off.