Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
Trip End Jul 08, 2014

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Leaving our hostel in Buenos Aires at 8am we took a boat and coach across the Rio de la Plata and arrived in Montevideo at around 2.30pm. We found a very nice hostel in the centre of the old town, and for a change its a quiet one - free breakfast & internet too, for the bargain price of $8 a night.
Owing to cutbacks we ate in the hostel for both our evenings here but during the days we had a good walk around the main part of the city. Some of the architecture here is really superb and very interesting. Mostly it dates from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and it would seem that at one point in time Montevideo was really a great place to be. My favourite building is on Plaza Independencia and was at one time the tallest building in South America. We visited the Gaucho & Money museum, and a couple of smaller museums which had examples of 18th century Uruguayan aristocratic furtniture and various archaeological artefacts found here up to 12,000 years ago. The cathedral in the Plaza Constitucion is extremely impressive and is probably one of the best weve seen anywhere in the world.
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