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Plaza Independencia

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  • Day13

    Montevideo, Uruguay

    December 22, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Really surprised how inviting this city is. Its clean, lots of beaches nice parks homes and attractions. The people are happy and well looked after by the state. Took a city tour starting in city centre/square.Read more

  • Day25

    Montevideo

    January 30, 2017 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Heute haben wir unseren ersten Nachmittags Ausflug.

    Wir fahren wieder mit dem Bus zu den Wahrzeichen der Stadt Montevideo, eine Stadt in Uruguay welche um die 1.5 Millionen Menschen beherbergt. Zum Vergleich, ich Uruguay selbst leben 3.3 Millionen Menschen.

    Das berühmte Wahrzeichen sind die Stiere und Ochsen mit dem Gaucho. 😊
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  • Day678

    Switzerland of the South (Uruguay)

    November 16, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    I never came along a more relaxed place than Montevideo: Mate to go, weed, more craft beer than anywhere else and loads of meat asado. In addition super chilled out folks even enjoying the rather ugly waterfront. Other that that a really nice city which has not being taking over entirely by tourists yet. Obviously a huge duty free zone too - for those who like shopping and black Fridays😬Read more

  • Day88

    Montevideo

    November 22, 2016 in Uruguay ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The capital city of Uruguay is also known as the small sister of Buenos Aires. The stay of two days was perfect.

    The first day we spent walking arround in the old town. The next day we rented a bike and were driving 22km along the coast till the end of the city and all the way back. There were plenty of beautiful sandy beaches and on the way back in the evening everyone was doing exercises, cycling, hanging, drinking Mate Tea, skating and more. It seemed to be in LA rather than in Uruguay. We were quite surprised about the lifestyle of the uruguayan people.

    But now we let the city life behind and drop into the countryside of Paraguay.
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  • Day5

    Montevideo

    May 26, 2019 in Uruguay ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Nach einer kurzen Busfahrt sind wir bereits schon in Montevideo, der Hauptstadt. Vom Hotel hatten wir uns viel erhofft, denn es ist in einem wunderschönen, alten Haus mit hohen Wänden und einem romantischen Innenhof. Leider ist es dann aber doch nicht so toll. Das Zimmer ist nicht wirklich sauber, aber wir haben ja unsere Seidenschlafsäcke eingepackt. Auch die Stadt ansich gefällt uns nicht so gut, alles wirkt trist und ausgestorben, aber es ist auch Sonntag und das Wetter nicht besonders toll. Nur die historischen Gebäude auf dem Hauptplatz sind sehr eindrucksvoll. Wir machen einen Spaziergang durch die Stadt, runter zum Hafen und wieder zurück und beschliessen, am nächsten Tag schon weiter zu reisen.Read more

  • Day20

    Montevideo, Uruguay

    January 22, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    As it turns out, we took off nearly an hour behind schedule. But our flight time is comically short—literally 30 minutes from start to finish. No time for drinks or anything. Probably the shortest flight of my life.

    Unfortunately, we are further delayed on arrival at the airport in Montevideo because one of the party has had their case lost in transit, so the poor fellow is going to be wearing the same clothes for the foreseeable. Hopefully they’ll locate it soon, as we’re setting sail for the Falkland’s tomorrow, so I’ve no idea how they’d get it to him.

    So, two hours behind schedule, we finally make it to the Hayatt Cittic Hotel. Another comically large room awaits my arrival, and I shall get to enjoy this one just as little as the last, as we will be checking out at 09:30 to begin our tour of Montevideo.

    I expect little in the way of pity, but I’m honestly knackered!
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  • Day21

    Montevideo, Uruguay

    January 23, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Today is the last day of our land tour, as tonight we’ll re-join Aurora and sail south towards the Falkland Islands. Our itinerary today includes a coach tour of Montevideo, followed by a lunch and wine tasting session at one of Uruguay’s most famous wineries, Varela Zarranz.

    Our tour starts off with a short drive along the coast, before turning inland to visit Parque Batlle, where Monumento La Carreta stands. This is a national monument, constructed in 1934 by José Belloni, which depicts early settlers in Uruguay, with their belongings being pulled along by a fleet of oxen. They’ve clearly had a problem with people climbing on it, as it’s now surrounded by a laser alarm system, backed up by two security guards!

    From here, we head south back to the coastal road, passing stretches of sandy beach, towards the Carrasco area.

    Believe it or not, that’s not the ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see front of the city, but rather the Plata River, which doesn’t meet the ocean for another 100 miles.

    The next order of business is the winery located about 30km to the north of Montevideo, where we’re booked in for a guided tour and then lunch/wine tasting in the gardens. The grounds are beautiful, with grape vines stretching into the distance, and trees full of chattering green parakeets overhead. This setting reminds me so much of the wineries in Perth, Australia that we visited with my aunt many years ago.

    We’re given a potted history of the company and led around the facilities, which was actually quite interesting. At the back of the cellar, they have around 40 giant barrels for aging the wine. And when I say giant, I mean giant—each one holds nearly 17,000 litres of wine! They’re really old too, as we were told that the original founder of the vineyard transported these barrels over to Uruguay from France in the 19th century.

    Lunch is, yet again, brilliant - although we thought we were off to a false start when we were given a platter of roast beef and potatoes to share between 6, when others had the same platter between 2. Our fears are quickly allayed though, as after requesting (and rapidly clearing) another platter between the 6 of us, they just keep bringing more. I think in the end we ended up with one platter each—given that each tray contained around 10 thick slices of beef, and sliced potatoes and sweet potatoes, this was a gargantuan lunch by anyone’s standards. And all washed down with several litres of wine. By the end, even I had to admit defeat.

    Over-wined and distinctly over-fed, we waddled back into the bus for our 16:00 appointment with Aurora. I suspect a nap will happen whether I want it to or not!

    As we drive back to Montevideo, I’m reminded yet again of how this style of travelling gives you but a tiny taste of what a place has to offer, and of how much I need to come back and spend some proper time in some of these places. Rio and Buenos Aires in particular are amazingly fascinating cities, and to only spend 24 hours in either one is to do them a great disservice.

    Our arrival back to the ship brings to an end this mini holiday-within-a-holiday, and despite the added expense that doing a land tour involves, I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.
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  • Day119

    Another country, Uruguay

    January 23, 2017 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Om 7:15 zat ik al op de boot vanaf Buenos Aires naar Montevideo. Vandaar dat ik ook een hotel dichtbij de haven had geboekt. Na 2 1/2 uur varen waren we in Montevideo, Uruguay. Dus weer een nieuw land.

    Vanuit mijn hotel ben ik een paar minuten in La Cuidad Vieja, de oude stad. Dit is een leuk toeristisch gedeelte van Montevideo. Er zijn een aantal mooie pleinen te vinden, zoals Plaza Independencia, Plaza de la constitution en Plaza Zabala. Op het Plaza Independencia staat een standbeeld van José Artigas, een nationale (oorlogs)held. Zijn lichaam is begraven in een ruimte onder het standbeeld en wordt permanent 'bewaakt' door twee soldaten.

    Daarnaast in Café Brasilero even een biertje gedronken (dit café uit 1877 is het oudste café van de stad). Ten slotte is het Mercado del Puerto wel leuk. Dit is een groot voormalig pakhuis dat omgebouwd is voor horeca, het staat vooral bekend om de vele BBQ tentjes.

    Het was ook weer tijd voor een bezoek aan de kapper. In gebrekkig Spaans toch wel redelijk kunnen uitleggen wat de bedoeling was.
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