Blogs from Montevideo, District of Montevideo, Uruguay, South America


South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo » Montevideo December 20th 2019

A not-very-pretty sight met our eyes in the harbour – a fishing vessel graveyard. Extraordinary really. At the road entrance to the port is the anchor of the Graf Spee, the German pocket battleship which was scuttled early in WWII. The guide told us that the badly damaged ship come into port for repairs but was only allowed to stay three days as Uruguay was neutral. No one would repair it so the Captain scuttled it instead of leaving port to face what he thought was a large British fleet but really only the NZ Achilles and the RN Ajax. How many cows does NZ have? Uruguay has 10 million and they are all grass fed. Actually by cows I mean Angus beef cattle. They also produce and excellent Malbec wine made from Tannat grapes. I ... read more
Entrance/exit to harbour
Loaded with grain...
Waterfront Montevideo

Castellano debajo del frances... Et nous voila repartis pour rejoindre le point de départ, c'est à dire Colonia del Sacramento où nous reprendrons la bateau pour retourner à Buenos Aires. Comme notre hôtel côté Punta del Este et situé à Piriapolis était moche nous nous sommes arrangés pour annuler la deuxième nuit que nous devions y passer et avons préféré retourner à Montevideo afin de faire la route pour Colonia en deux étapes car un peu trop de kms prévus... Nous nous reposons un peu à l'hôtel avant de trouver un restaurant correct à Montevido sans repasser par tout ce que nous y avions vu... Trop triste que le marché du port soit fermé le soir car c'était un endroit idéal... Ceci dit nous entrons tout de même dans un shopping afin de voir à quoi ... read more
L'hôtel Sofitel de Montevideo
des basques se sont installés ici...
au shopping, semaine de la chaussure ?

South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo » Montevideo February 26th 2019

La découverte continue... Nous voila installés dans notre voiture de location (une VW Gol...) pour aller jusqu'à Montevideo, à plus ou moins 200 km. Montevideo, la capitale de l'Uruguay, est une ville importante bordant la baie portant son nom. Elle s'organise autour de la Plaza de la Independencia, autrefois site d'une citadelle espagnole. Cette place mène à la Ciudad Vieja (vieille ville), qui recèle des bâtiments Art déco, des demeures coloniales et des monuments comme le haut palais Salvo et la salle de spectacle Teatro Solís, de style néoclassique. Le Mercado del Puerto est un marché sur le vieux port, où se trouvent de nombreux restaurants de grillades. Je n'avais que le Petit Fûté en version ordinateur sur ce pays.. J'avoue que du coup je n'ai pas beaucoup cherché à y trouver comment organiser notre passage ... read more
ses facades
ses murs peints

Nach einer fast nicht enden wollenden Carfahrt, ca. 18 Stunden, und teils auf katastrophalen "Strassen" sind wir dann doch noch in Uruguay angekommen. 2 Tage haben wir auf einer idylischen kleinen Ranch im uruguayanischen Niemandsland verbracht. Der nächste grosse Ort wäre Mercedes in der nähe der argentinischen Grenze. Am ersten Tag war das Wetter super und bescherte uns einen wunderbaren Sonnenuntergang, danach wurde es aber dann sehr schnell sehr kalt. Am nächsten Morgen war es immer noch kalt und jetzt auch noch regnerisch. Es regnete denn ganzen Tag durch. Dadurch haben wir nicht wirklich viel unternehmen können und haben einfach entspannt. Danach ging es weiter in die Hauptstadt von Uruguay namens Montevideo. Zuerst erkundeten wir die Altstadt zu Fuss bevor wir dann am Nachmittag aufs Velo umstiegen und den Rest der Stadt erkundeten. Montevideo präsentierte sich ... read more
Altstadt von Montevideo
Altstadt von Montevideo
Parlament von Montevideo

Suzanne here... The night bus from Porto Alegre was fine. We were given dinner, then they put on a Simon Pegg film. We'd never heard of 'Hector and the search for happiness' and it wasn't the greatest film ever. But it kept us entertained until it was time to try and sleep. What I don't understand is why, on any normal bus journey I'm nodding off within ten minutes. But put me on a night bus and I'm wide awake. We did both manage to get some sleep eventually. I completely missed passport contol. The bus attendant handled all of that while everyone slept. The bus attendant decided it was time for us all to wake up, and put Bonnie Tyler 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' on, which didn't go down well with everyone. We liked ... read more
Castillo Pittamiglio, dated 1911
A Chivitos sandwich, with steak, ham, egg, cheese, tomato, pickles, lettuce and mayo!
The outside of an 1800's prison...

South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo » Montevideo February 27th 2017

Geo: -34.8939, -56.1568Here we are another sea day. Unfortunately the morning has bleak, cloudy and foggy but at least it is wRm. Supposed to have sunshine this afternoon. We shall see. Watched an entertaining.culinary event. Now we are doing laundry. Tonight is another formal night and the captains cocktail party, as well as meads birthday. We arrived in Montevideo an hour late due to 30 knot winds. This is a busy port for both shipping and tourism. Danny there are huge container ships here and several with Maersk containers. We have a city tour this afternoon.Had a lovely tour of the city of Montevideo. A very clean city with lots of white sand beaches and ocean front condos averaging about $400,000.00 It is a fairly large city with los of big building with really fine architecture. ... read more
Not alone

South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo » Montevideo February 23rd 2017

Again we took a cruise ship tour to get a quick and easy overview of the city. I had not read the itinerary in detail but the part that grabbed my eye was the market. First we stopped at the mandatory city square, then drove up the coast appreciating beach views. Next stop was a stand of trees full of squawking parakeets. At last we headed to the market. Yes it was colourful and yes there were stalls of local produce including from farmers. However it was rather clinical with all the goods in very ordered booths and as it took less than 10 minutes to walk around it was also very small. The best thing that can be said is that we were able to exchange US dollars to treat ourselves to ice cream. Our ... read more

Arriving in Asuncion early in the morning tired from another all night bus ride is probably not the best time to judge a place. The outer suburbs did look a bit rough but our hotel is located in one of the better parts of town next to a ritzy mall and a McDonald's, which we visited for breakfast while waiting to check in. Day one was spent watching TV going to the cinema and having a great lunch at the food court. Day two saw us hire a taxi for the 800km return trip to the city of Concepcion located on the Rio Paraguay north of Asuncion. They call the city the Pearl of the North, god only knows why there is nothing there to do or see. Still it was nice to travel through a ... read more
Paraguayan countryside
Piedra personas

South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo » Montevideo November 29th 2016

Geo: -34.8939, -56.1568Yesterday, we were up in time for breakfast in the hotel. It closes at 10:30 during the week so we needed to make an effort to get up still adjusting to the time change and lack of sleep on the overnight flight. It was slightly better than yesterday, but still nothing special. The waiter today was more interested in providing service than the one yesterday. After breakfast, we walked outside for just a bit and found that the market had been set up in the street in front of the hotel again. I had read that it was only on Sundays, but it was blocking the street again.Philip and I spent the rest of the morning finishing packing and using the hotel's wifi to read and send messages not knowing how easy internet access ... read more
Port at Buenos Aires
Port at Buenos Aires
Tug and Pilot Boat

Hello family, friends and fellow bloggers! Our first entry abroad comes from Buenos Aires, where we arrived yesterday after nearly a week on the road. Last week we had the chance to enjoy some final home comforts before we set off with both sets of parents and in laws, including a walk up the Grand Union Canal, a pub dinner, a final pint of IPA and some home made chocolate cake (thank you Lyn - we will miss these!). After some last minute resolving of a broken iPhone, a small flood in our bathroom and saying all of our goodbyes, after the longest of 10 month countdowns, we were finally ready to go... A long but very comfortable flight saw us arrive mid-evening for an overnight stay in Rio, to one of the most shiny and ... read more

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