Montevideo, Uruguay, Day 20, Thursday 2/19/09

      Sunrise 7:22 am, Sunset 8:35 pm.  Montevideo is the capital of the country and is sometimes called the “Switzerland of South America.”  It is considered by many to be the most beautiful city on the continent.  It is a shame much of it is spoiled by graffiti.  We met at 8:30 in the cool lounge for our city tour with Gail.  We split up into smaller vans to make it easier to get around the city.

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     This was an all day tour in which we saw Montevideo highlights from west to east; park, beaches, historical areas, monuments and squares.  We started fortress “Gral. Artigas”. It had a great view of the city.  The van stopped for many picture stops.

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Statue of wagon stuck in mud.         Legislative Palace

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The beach on the widest river in world, Rio de la Plata.  McCafe.

We stopped at La Rueda Parrilla y Tapas restaurant for lunch.  There was a cover charge of $45 pesos.  We had crostini @ $140, Crunchy Mozzarella @ $140, we split a tenderloin @ $300 and fries @ $60 and 2 sodas @ $45 each.  The Argentina Peso is about 22.5 to the dollar.

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     After lunch we went to Plaza Independencia.  Here stands a statue of patriot and independence fighter General Jose Gervsio Artigas who lies buried beneath the square.  You will also see Ray.  We walked a couple of blocks and bought a bouquet of 14 carnations for our room.  They were 70 pesos (5 pesos each) or a little over $3.00.  We gave the man a five dollar bill.  When we refused the change he had the biggest smile on his face.  I think we made his day.

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     We had a great day and made it back to the ship just as they were bringing in one of the gang planks.  Dinner was wonderful and the evening entertainment was the comedy ventriloquism of Don Bryan.  We had to set our watches one hour back tonight.

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