Monday 10 June 2013


Hello from Montevideo, Uruguay. Capital of the country and a very pleasant city on the banks of the Rio de la Plata, Montevideo has a much more laid back feeling to it than its bigger brother across the water, Buenos Aires. I have had a day and a bit to explore the city, which is enough considering it’s fairly small size. Today has been a very enjoyable day of sightseeing, taking in a few museums and art galleries and even a wine tasting thrown in this afternoon.

Our hotel is in the middle of the old town, a great base for exploring the nearby plazas, art deco buildings and seafront. Particularly impressive is Palacio Salvo, the first skyscraper in Uruguay (competed in 1928) and a wonderful example of art deco OTT. The wine tasting was also very enjoyable and I can recommend a good Uruguayan tannat, the red wine the country is most famous for producing. The wineries were much smaller than the ones we visited in Chile and Argentina, but it was great to meet some very passionate wine makers and of course sample lots of their fine wines.

Back to Argentina tomorrow and then I have three days in BA before I fly home. The South American odyssey is coming to an end!


Plaza de la Indepencia with PlacioSalvo in the background

Montevideo cathedral

Plaza Zabala

Central bank, modelled on the Bank of England by the look of it

Docks, Montevideo is a major commercial port in South America

Hard at work wine tasting

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