Manolo in Uruguay

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends have been asking the Manolo, “Manolo where are you?”

To which the Manolo responds, Uruguay!

For the past ten days, the Manolo has been renting the beach cabaña in the tiny, and as yet unspoiled fishing village of Punta del Diablo, far up on Atlantic coast of Uruguay, very near the Brazilian border.

Mira! Here is view from the Manolo’s front porch! The mere fifty meters to the water’s edge!

And here, below, is the picture of the cabaña next to the Manolo’s, which as you may see is located right in the dunes on the almost undeveloped beach.


This little beach house was almost identical to the one occupied by the Manolo, on the Playa de la Viuda in Punta del Diablo. It is tiny, rustic, in the sand, and yet not at all uncomfortable.

When the Manolo first told his Argentine friends of his plans to go to the Punta del Diablo, they had much to say.

“Manolo,” they said, “this place it is muy salvaje, very wild and undeveloped and full of nothing but hippies and Uruguayos. Why do you not wish to come to the Punta del Este this year with the rest of us?”

“Because,” the Manolo answered, “this Punta del Este is too crowded and overdeveloped, and too full of the strutting, bare-chested popinjays and their be-thonged hoochie mamas, not unlike the worst parts of Miami Beach on the bad day.”

And so the Manolo betook himself to the far northern edge of Uruguay, where it was beautiful and tranquil (if occasionally windy), and where the hippies and Uruguayos roamed freely. And while the Manolo could do without the mob of international fake hippies, with their carefully tended dreadlocks and designer beads, the Uruguayos, themselves, are among the most politest, kindest, and sweetest peoples the Manolo has ever met. Indeed, they are one of the reasons this trip has been so pleasurable

In all, it has been the beautiful Christmas vacation of sandy beaches, fresh air, and comparative solitude for the Manolo.

And now, the Manolo is off to Patagonia and Chile.

19 Responses to “Manolo in Uruguay”

  1. Manolo the Shoeblogger December 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm #

    Please forgive the poor quality of the photographs. Not only is the Manolo not much of the photographer, but the iPhone is not much of the camera.

  2. Victor December 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    Sir, I sincerely hope the rest of your holiday is as beautiful as the beach you’re on!

  3. Never teh Bride December 30, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    Serious envy!

  4. Rhiannon December 30, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    Love the blog!

    We would LOVE if you could post some of your Manolo’s on our site. I’m sure your shoe collection is amazing!

    hope you’re having a great holiday season.

    thanks for your time

  5. thepinkeminence December 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    What sort of feetwear is appropriate for a Manolo on the beaches of fair Uruguay, me wonders?

  6. Jennie December 30, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    Please, would you like to adopt a 50 something special girl child? I am very handy to have around…

  7. Diable December 30, 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    Jejeje!!! ¿Punta del Diable? It must be great!!!! Have a great New Year dear Manolo, and thx 4 all!!!!!!!!!

  8. karlo December 31, 2008 at 10:12 am #

    Happy New Year to Manolo and all his fabulous readers!!!

  9. Molly December 31, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    It sounds beautiful! I am a big fan of undeveloped retreats. Do enjoy the rest of your vacation!

  10. Jenifer January 1, 2009 at 3:21 am #

    “What sort of feetwear is appropriate for a Manolo on the beaches of fair Uruguay, me wonders?”

    Why, none, of course!

    (I have dreams of such a beautiful place).

  11. Pam Walter January 1, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    OK…now we’re all jealous! Hope you have a wonderful trip, but there probably won’t be many shoes to look at on the beach.

  12. theDiva January 1, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    I am so pleased you’re enjoying your vacation, dearest Manolo. Happy New Year to you and your loyal readers!

  13. Adelaide January 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Seems to me that The Manolo has a pretty good life. Hope it continues for all of 2009 and beyond.

  14. The Louboutin Lover January 4, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    Looks so peaceful.. How i would love to be on a beach like that right now!

  15. La BellaDonna January 5, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    La BellaDonna says, it is a spot most beautiful, and therefore suitable for the discriminating and appreciative, such as our beloved Manolo. A very happy New Year to you, dear Manolo, and to all your readers. La BellaDonna, she very much hopes that the 2009, it will be better than the 2008.

  16. amxfan January 6, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    happy new year!. I love places like this, sounds of the ocean crashing to shore with birds in background and no cars or trucks to be heard, in short peaceful. Hope you enjoy your vacation and thanks for sharing the images.

  17. M January 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm #

    Just stumbled upon your blog. Uruguay is an awesome place! Say, is Punta del Diablo in or close to Salto?
    Dulce de leche, chorizo, morsilla, mm, mm, mmmmm….

  18. Thombeau January 8, 2009 at 1:30 am #

    How fabulous! And you deserve it.

  19. sfmike January 14, 2009 at 4:23 am #

    Exquisito.