After weathering the storming sea the ship skipped
Puerto Madryn and headed directly to Montevideo.
Nestled between the continentís two giants, Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is the second smallest county in South America. This is one of the most literate nations in the world with a tradition of humanism and social justice. Montevideo exemplifies the relaxed cosmopolitanism of the nation.
This is a country of grassy prairies. The only prominent feature seen from
the sea is a 450 hill which gave its name when a Portuguese sailor first sighted
it: "Monte vejo eu" (I see a mountain).
Arrival at the port
Driving through the city The center of the
city has a park and some interesting buildings, including the justice building
which remain incomplete since 1965. The crumbling building in other areas
of the town signifies the declining economy.
Santa Rosa Winery The soils and microclimates of this
area attracted winemakers over a century ago. We had a tour of the the winery buildings, dating to the
1898, to learn about wine making.
Dinner at the winery The food wasn't great
but they sure have put up a show.
Fortalezzo del Cerro The last Spanish-built fortress in Uruguay was constructed from 1809-1811. The Artigas Museumís
military collection includes antique arms and uniforms.
Legislative Palace The graceful palace is considered one of the three most beautiful legislative buildings in the world.
Prado Park Jose Buschental A 19th century financier, built his estate here complete with exotic animals and plants from around the world. Today this lovely park is noted for its historical monuments and attractive gardens.
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