Plaza Matriz, a prime spot for antique hunting and plein air dining located in the heart of Ciudad Vieja, is one of the nicest squares, with tree-lined pathways and an ornate central fountain. The square is flanked by historic buildings including the Cabildo, the original seat of the Colonial government. We spent a very hot summer afternoon browsing through the antique dealers' stalls while listening to a string quartet play works by Handel, Bach and Mozart on the plaza.
My treasure hunt yielded an embroidered evening bag with a porcelain clasp painted with a romantic scene from Fragonard. The purse is in excellent condition and the tag inside reads "Made in France." I also bought a photograph from the man who specializes in vintage books, old prints and works on paper. I imagine the sitter in this portrait attending a summer concert at Teatro Solis, elegantly dressed in her frilly white gown and carrying a certain floral evening bag.
|Montevideo studio portrait circa 1907|
|La Corte facade|
The placemat at La Corte shows an artist's rendering of the exterior of the Club Uruguay building, the facade of Iglesia Matriz, (a cathedral dating from 1804) and the edge of the park on the plaza.
And this is how it looked as we left the restaurant and made our way down Peatonal Sarandi.