Not far from the waterfront in Montevideo, an old market building has been converted into the Mercado del Puerto, a huge set of casual restaurants and shops. Most of the restaurants specialize in grilled specialties and have open air grills visible from the tables. While other things are available, the specialty here is steaks, large, juicy, and tasty. Leaving concerns about clogged arteries at the door, I picked one of the many eateries more or less at random and enjoyed one of the best steaks of my life. The restaurants range from quasi-elegant to rather informal; the one I chose was somewhere in the middle. After eating, I strolled across the hall and purchased a Montevideo t-shirt, which I will forever associate with delicious steak. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
We were on a South American cruise which stopped in Montevideo. Faced with the decision of what to do, we opted for a walking tour of the city downtown architectural sights. It began with a bus ride, which seemed to be a solid, safe way to depart from the port. Attached are photos to give other cruisers an idea of what the port is like.
Markets are integrating places for any community, and it is so in Montevideo. We stopped in here while on a walking tour of the city. Photographers will see many possible subjects including stalls of vendors. Lighting varies, and you will want to use a high ISO and wide-angle wide open lens to capture the essence of the market. Remember that flashes are disruptive, so avoid automatic camera settings if you can.
We were on a walking tour of the city and found Constitution Plaza to be a welcome respite from the buildings and streets with their hustle and bustle. As a photobug, I found the tree forms, the walks, the fountain, the kiosks to be interesting subjects. Many people use the square to walk through, so include people to give scale and interest to your shots. Be sure to be respectful in your photos of people. Ponder this, would their mother approve of the shot.
One of several well functioning civic squares in Montevideo, this one has all the uses of a traditional zocálo, but then combines them to positive effect. By letting go of the more formal lay out, the variety of spaces created supports a much broader range of activities and experiences.
The combination of cafe area the playground and the bus stop seems obvious, but there are few examples of this anywhere in the world. The best combination though, is the range of experiences created by the relationships between the bending path, the seating options and the views and access ways to the fountain. As with all great public spaces, the resulting sociability is the real indicator of success.
Charles Darwin is one of the most famous world explorers and naturalists. He and his crew set foot in most corners of the yet unexplored world. Uruguay and more specifically, Montevideo, is no exception.
He came to visit in 1832~1833. He explored much of the local Uruguayan and Argentinean coast and used this as a staging point to resupply and get is crew back in ship shape.
There is a small plaza and memorial in his honor. This little plaza is very small and may be in need of some tender loving care. It only take a couple minutes to visit and most people never even come here.
Annually durin late January and through February, Montevideo comes to life for Carnaval, this is a huge celebration involving what seems like everyone in the city.
The opening night of Carnaval or Desfilo, starts from the main Plaza Independencia, where colourful groups of drummers and dancers gather around bonfires around which the drums are placed to heat and stretch the skins (only a drummer would undertand).
As you wander through the throngs of people, you will notice the scantily clad ladies of the dance troupes with there huge feather head gear, looking like the chorus line from the early years of Las Vegas but glamourous and beautiful they look.
The accompanying groups of drummers and musicians are also dressed in brightly coloured clothes and face paint all to ward away the devils, but soon enough they set off on the procession and as they leave the Plaza and move on to the main street of the City the noise becomes earth shattering as groups varying from 50 to 100 drummers start to beat out the latin rythyms that no one in the world can resist, everywhere people are dancing in the street, cameras flash and there is a general feeling of happiness and joy on the faces of tourists and locals alike.
One after another they keep coming and just as you think it cant get better or louder around the corner comes yet another group of dancers looking like a hundred Shakira's shaking and stepping out the well rehearsed dances, with decorated trucks transporting live bands and disc jockeys all blaring out their music the night is alive and by 4 am the music and parade still continues long into the night and early morning.
The Carnaval continues with concerts seemingly nightly across various locations in the City, all of which are different and extremely enjoyable, the comedy groups who perform are fabulous and the singing is of the highest quality and extremely harmonious and it is perfected from year to year by all the members of the various groups.
My advice is if you can be in Montevideo for Carnaval them be there, forget Rio, this is just as fabulous and lasts longer and is a spectacle that everyone should experience at least once in their lives.
One tip keep a good hold of your camera and keep your wallet tightly in a pocket, unforunately there is the few who must ruin it for everyone, namely the pickpockets who roam amongst the throngs of onlookers waiting on an opportunity but dont be put off, it is easily defend against and should not be taken as a reflection on the City or the Carnaval it happens in every city in the world.
Montevideo (ca. 1,5 Mio. ) is Urugays capital situated at the mouth of Rio de la Plata. There are two stories about the citie`s name: the first reports ,that a sailor, looking for land, was shouting : "Video Monte" ,( "I see the mountain"), the second is said to be derived from old spanish maps.
Although tourism doesnt play an important role in Montevideo, there are several worthwile sites, one should visit: above all the Old City (a walk through the narrow streets with their Spanish- and also British influenced architecture is to be recommended), also the Park of Ordonez with its Rose-Garden, the Toranco-Palace. the Constitution Square and ofcourse also the beaches, some of then in the downtown- area !
Walk down Perez Castellano from the Mercado andyou will come to Washington. Turn left and walk through the pleasant Plaza Zabala and beyond to Rincon on the other side. Four short blocks takes you to Plaza Constitution – the old cabildo, now a museum, sits on the east side. On the west side is Montevideo’s cathedral, Iglesia Matriz. Begun in 1784 and finished in 1799, the church is the oldest building in Montevideo. Inside, similar to what you find in the Catedral Metropolitan in BsAs, you can find the tomb of a national hero, General Juan Lavalleja, in this case. Lavalleja was the leader of the 33 Orientales who chased away the Brazilians in 1827 . Lavelleja’s home can be found in museum form one block north of the Plaza Zabala.
The City was once protected by walls and a large fortress. Here at the western edge of Plaza Independecia is the one remant of the colonial citadel – razed in 1833. You can also get a feeling for the old walls down near the west end of the peninsula, by the breakwater where old cannon faced out onto the waters of the Rio de la Plata in search of those would-be invaders. Now inhabited by fishermen in search of tonight's meal.
Recommended by a street vender we decided to try it out for lunch. only a few blocks away and 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 betwwen us . It was sold as a single serving but was hugeand delicious. A huge bread basket is included. With drinks the meal cost about $30.00.
We are visiting Montevideo during a National holiday somany shopsare closed.No worries 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 ...whocould resist.
This wonderfulold church dates back a coupleof 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 worksof art making this a worthwhile stop.
Where to eat and drink in Montevideo. One of the best places I visited in Montevideo to eat and drink was the Parrillada or Parrilla „La Charrette“, Address: Ayacucho 3199, Montevideo, Uruguay, email@example.com, +5982 486 40 83, Parrillada-Restaurant with big terrase, open every single day from 19:00 to 2.00 AM. A wonderful little romantic place for dinner in which exquisite meat and great oldies music combine in order to make a fabulous meel. Color changing wall lights help you to calm down and relax before eating. Parrillada La Charrette has a Slow Food philosophy. It‘s the first Slow Food and a special sort of Self-Service Parrillada in Uruguay. You will share a new sensory experience. Considered by locals as one of the best Parrillada of Montevideo and one of the unknown toursist gems. The Rural-Gaucho style decoration makes the place very warm and cosy. It‘s located in a very safe and chic neighbourhood called Parque Battle (in front of a famous tree called „El Ombú de Parque Batlle“, close to the very famous Football Stadium „Estadio Centenario“. The Batlle Park is one of the largest, plenty of trees and plants parks in Montevideo . His owner „Alejandro“ is very friendly and makes you feel at home. He speaks perfekt german, swiss german, french, english, italian, portuguese, and of course spanish. Certainly one of the best little Parrillada-Restaurant from Montevideo. Doubtless the only and the first Parrillada-Restaurant in whole Uruguay serving all dishes "à la minute". In addition to this the prices are not high at all so you can eat without thinking on how much will it cost. After eating you can walk (1 km) to the next exclusive neighborhood „Pocitos“ and walk along the shore of „Pocitos Beach“, Playa Pocitos. Enjoy it: Montevideo, Uruguay, Restaurant, Parrillada, Meat, Carne Seleccionada, Chorizo, Morcilla Dulce, Morcilla Salada, Entrecôte, Pulpa, Matambrito, Pollo, Costilla de Cerdo, Asado de Tira, Ensaldas, Postres, etc. Don‘t miss it. Prof. Dr. Med. A. Sommer
The Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral is the main Roman Catholic church of Montevideo. It is located right in front of the Cabildo across Constitution Square, in Ciudad Vieja. The origin of the church dates from 1740, when a church constructed of brick was built on the site. In 1790, the foundation was laid for the construction of the current neoclassical structure. The church was consecrated in 1804.
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