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Bill in Uruguay - MONTEVIDEO

A September 2001 trip to Montevideo by billmoy

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Bill in Uruguay - MONTEVIDEO

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Overview

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I was starting my trip to Uruguay and Argentina with a sequence of three flights on American Airlines (O'Hare to Miami to Sao Paulo-Brazil to Montevideo-Uruguay). When I was on the third plane, I was very surprised that the plane was almost at capacity. After all, how many people fly into Uruguay? As it turned out, the flight between Sao Paulo and Montevideo from the day before was not allowed to land due to inclement weather, so the people from that flight were diverted back to Sao Paulo for the night and were booked onto my flight. Anyway, the plane approached Montevideo amidst a thick blanket of fog. Despite the fog and the steady rain, the plane completed a near-perfect landing on the runway. To m...Read More

Hotel Oxford

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Hotel

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The Hotel Oxford is a moderate, quiet, comfortable hotel in central Montevideo. It is popular with businessmen who do not demand a fancy hotel to stay in. Built in 1964, the hotel consists of only 66 rooms. The hotel entrance consists of two sliding glass doors which I had to open manually when the doorman was away. It looked like the doors were supposed to open automatically, so perhaps there was a technical problem during my stay. The lobby has a small lounge, a good place to flip through the local paper or some tourism brochures. The staff was very helpful in arranging for taxis or providing change. My room was a bit tight (the foot of the bed was inches across from the TV and minib...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2002

Hotel Oxford
Paraguay 1286
Montevideo, Uruguay
598 290 20046

Mercado del Puerto

Restaurant

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The Mercado del Puerto is perhaps the most notable old market in the city, with a variety of restaurants, shops, and artists selling nick-nacks. As indicated by its name, the Mercado is very close to the port of the city. The atrium has several dining establishments where you can have an informal meal or snack with some grilled meat and a drink. This building dates from 1868, so it is worth a quick look around even if you are not hungry.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2002

Mercado del Puerto
Perez Castellano and Piedras
Montevideo, Uruguay

El Fogon

Restaurant

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El Fogon is located very close to the Hotel Oxford in centro Montevideo. This restaurant, with a semi-fancy interior and heavy chairs, has an extensive menu. I had my last dinner here before heading to Buenos Aires, so eating the steak and fries topped by an egg was good preparation for the Argentinian steak-a-day diet. There was also a special that appeared to be a pot of steaming meat, which was being shared by two gentlemen.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 14, 2002

El Fogon
San Jose 1080
Montevideo, Uruguay

Plaza Independencia

Attraction

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This large plaza is prominently located in the heart of Montevideo. The mausoleum of General Artigas, perhaps the greatest Uruguayan national hero, lies at the center and is marked by an accompanying equestrian statue. From here, take a sweeping look around the square and you will see an old archway remnant, hotels, office buildings, and the Palacio Salvo, whose 26 stories made it the tallest building in South America upon its completion in 1927. The Salvo is still the tallest building in Montevideo (for now), and its gracefully hulking style tends to dominate the views of the city.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2002

Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia
Montevideo, Uruguay

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This museum is located in the fine old Banco de la Republica building in the heart of the city. It is basically a combination of two rather distinct collections. There is free entry to both parts of this museum. The first part consists of the various displays recalling the life and times of the "gaucho", or cowboy, in the Uruguayan countryside. Kids will enjoy the various exhibits depicting typical gaucho garb, artefacts, and stuffed horses outfitted in splendid ornament. The second is a colorful display of what seems to be every coin and banknote type used throughout the history of Uruguay. Once you visit this area, you will pull out your wallet and take a closer look at the current c...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2002

Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda
Avenida 18 de Julio 998
Montevideo, Uruguay

Museo Torres Garcia

Attraction

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Located on a pedestrian street in "ciudad vieja", this museum is dedicated to the works of Joaquin Torres Garcia. Virtually unknown in North America (at least to me), he is perhaps the greatest Uruguayan artist and is even commemorated on local currency.

The free museum has several floors with modest displays of his abstract artworks. Take the elevator to the top floor and work you way downward. The front of the museum has a smallish souvenir store with a decent selection of books and various gifts.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 14, 2002

Museo Torres Garcia
Sarandi 683
Montevideo, Uruguay