Montevideo

Trip Start Nov 21, 2008
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Trip End May 29, 2009


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

An early breakfast and a final walk down the cobbled avenues of Colonia to capture some last photos in the morning sun before boarding the bus that would take us across Uruguay to the capital city of Montevideo.  The beautiful streets of Colonia soon gave way to the highway and a stretch of green fields extending off into the horizon; not the vivid lush green of Vietnam, but rather a more muted green of hardy grasses and shrubs, and grazing cattle or fields of crops slipped past our window for the 3 hour journey.  It appears that if little else, Uruguay has a very healthy farming industry.
Montevideo itself has a similar quaint beauty to Colonia with a raft of beautiful ancient architecture, wide open streets littered with green squares and statues. Being the capital city of Uruguay it is much bigger than Colonia but as far as cities go it is still tiny and you can walk the breadth of the city in an hour or so.  Like many cities there is much construction taking place which marrs the otherwise quaint ancient feel of the place but there is enough in the way of grand period architecture that it is still a pleasant experience to wander around it.  Montevideo is located further along the coast than Colonia and the muddy brown waters of the Platte Riviera have been dispersed into the great Atlantic Ocean so the sea which surrounds the promontory on which the old town is located is a pleasant blue with only a hint of the brown that was so prevalent before. Unfortunately the lack of a beach, which is replaced by a concrete dock, means that the city proper is the part of town with the most character.
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