A September 2001 trip
to Montevideo by billmoy
Quote: Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.
It was still late winter in South America (September 2001), but the palm trees made it seem warmer than the 55-degree temperatures. One landmark is the monumental soccer stadium, which was being circled by cyclists in a team cycling event.
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 minibar center) and the decor a bit dated, but everything functioned OK. The TV remote was connected to a long cord, which you can trip over if you are not careful. The window can be opened for natural ventilation. A thick window louver screen can be lowered at bedtime, a nice feature for light sleepers. The bathroom had no bathtub, but the shower stall was fine for me.
The best feature for me was the breakfast buffet, which was included in the room rate. I enjoyed a reasonable selection of sweetbreads, sausages, fruits, yogurts and assorted beverages.
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Mercado del Puerto
Perez Castellano and Piedras
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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 currency in circulation.
Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda
Avenida 18 de Julio 998
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.
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Museo Torres Garcia