MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY


(Uruguay Flag)


(Uruguay Map)


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009:

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Our first port came on day two of the cruise. It was a beautiful sunny day in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Montevideo is the largest city, the capital and chief port of Uruguay with a population around 1.3 million.
The epicenter of Montevideo's cultural “life” is located in the so-called Old City,
a place where the past and the present coexist among historical buildings, bookstores and the busy city life.
Star Princess docked in Montevideo, Uruguay The Old City of Montevideo, Uruguay The Old City of Montevideo, Uruguay


The City of Montevideo is a city with tree covered avenues,
quiet neighborhood streets and several squares and parks.
Seen below are Plaza Independencia and Constitución Square.
A statue of José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguay's national hero, stands in the center of Plaza Independencia.
In the center picture below you can see the spires of the
Metropolitan Basilica behind the trees on Constitución Square.
Plaza Independencia is the main square in Montevideo Constitución Square, Metropolitan Basilica can be seen behind the trees Constitución Square


The Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo) is the name of
the working place of the General Assembly of Uruguay.
The Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo) in Montevideo, Uruguay The Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo) in Montevideo, Uruguay The Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo) in Montevideo, Uruguay


Our next stops were at the Stagecoach (La Diligencia) Monument and Centenario soccer stadium.
The Stagecoach (La Diligencia) Monument The Stagecoach (La Diligencia) Monument Centenario soccer stadium


Our last stop was at Plaza de la Armada (a memorial to the Navy)
where we got a nice view of the Río de la Plata.
Plaza de la Armada and Río de la Plata Plaza de la Armada and Río de la Plata Plaza de la Armada and Río de la Plata


In late afternoon it was time to sail away from Montevideo.
Río de la Plata and Montevideo, Uruguay Torre de las Telecomunicaciones (Telecommunications Tower) with 35 floors is the tallest building in Montevideo Sail away from Montevideo, Uruguay


I came to this city with no preconceptions,
I found it to be a beautiful city and enjoyed the visit very much.
Sail away from Montevideo, Uruguay Sail away from Montevideo, Uruguay


MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY VIDEO
11 minute video of Montevideo, Uruguay.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON FEBRUARY 15, 2009
Greetings from Uruguay!

We sailed down the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires last night. Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America. Today I spent the day in its capital and largest city, Montevideo. We docked this morning before sunrise. Got some much needed sleep last night. Could hardly stay awake for the sail away in Buenos Aires because of almost no sleep the night before.

Star Princess docked in Montevideo, Uruguay

This morning I took a Princess tour of the city. Our first stop was at Plaza Independencia which is the main square in Montevideo.

Plaza Independencia is the main square in Montevideo

Our next stop was at the Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo) which is the working place of the General Assembly of Uruguay. We went inside the building just as it was opening up for the tourists. Since it is Sunday it was closed.

Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo)

Our next stop was at the Stagecoach (La Diligencia) Monument.

Stagecoach (La Diligencia) Monument

Our next stops were the soccer stadium and Plaza de la Armada where we got some nice views of the city from some scenic spots along the Rio de la Plata. The tour ended around 1:00 and we didn't sail until 5:00 so I had time for a nice long walk around the city on my own.

The so-called Old City

We are now sailing out the mouth of the Rio de la Plata into the Atlantic Ocean. We are heading southeast toward the Falkland Islands, which is our next stop. But we have two sea days before we get there. We are supposed to have a nice warm sunny day tomorrow. The Captain told us to enjoy the warmth tomorrow because we would not see another one for almost two weeks.

Below is a final picture of Montevideo as we were sailing away late this afternoon.

Sailing away from Montevideo, Uruguay

More Later,

Tim
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