Our first day here was a quiet Sunday and a perfect time to explore Monteviseo.
Instead of taking the city tour we opted to explore on our own .This is an easy city to walk about and as a bonus ,taxis are cheap and plentiful . So a ride back is easy if you venture too far.Armed with a city map that we picked up at the airport we had no problem roaming around and taking in the sights.
It is interesting to roam around the Old City. We entered Plaza Independence through ancient city Gates.
We are visiting Montevideo during a National holiday so many shops are closed. No worries as there are many street venders scattered around the Old City. I am always an easy mark for hand made earrings and scarves and with the prices here ...who could resist! Also ,there were lots of Street markets offering a variety of goods such as wonderful fresh fruit or handicrafts.
Our first stop was the famous Plaza independence. this is popular with locals and tourists. It features a monument in the center as a tribute to the great heroes from
This wonderful old church dates back a couple of hundred years. Inside tells a story through its monuments and tombs to bishops and priest through the years. we see polished marble floors and a unique carved alter. There are so many works of art making this a worthwhile stop.
Plaza de la Constitution
Old pictures flank the corners of this wonderful old square telling the story of life from times long ago.Today people still stroll arm in arm enjoying the area just as they did over 100 years ago.Recommended by a street vender we decided to try the Central Market for lunch. Its only a few blocks away in the Old City ,we found the market easily. It was a real treat and so much better than we imagined. Inside and outside an old covered market , there are many restaurants featuring tempting open charcoal grills . Load boisterous and friendly. We cruised by several before finally choosing. Honestly they all looked so good. we had a seafood casserole between us . It was sold as a single serving but was huge and delicious. A huge breadbasket is included. With drinks the meal cost about $30.00.
By now its late afternoon and our feet need a rest so we make our way back. Its an easy walk from Central Market and in no time we're back at our hotel .As often happens we wish we had more time to explore this wonderful historic city.