Friday Flashback – South American Summer 2016
While planning our January trip to Buenos Aires we watched the Uruguay “No Reservations” episode in which Anthony Bourdain partook of an insane meat feast at Mercado del Puerto in Montevideo (my husband and son started drooling). Aside from vast quantities of grilled meat, the city’s historic charm shone through in the show and we decided to assign two days of our itinerary for a visit.
From Buenos Aires we took a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento and then a bus to Montevideo. This port city on a bay in the Rio de la Plata was founded in 1724 by the Spanish governor of Buenos Aires as a strategic move in the colonial Portuguese-Spanish struggle for control in the region.
We posed for a family selfie on La Rambla, the avenue along the coastline.
Montevideo is Uruguay’s capital and home to about a third of the country’s population. However, compared to Buenos Aires and our current home city Rio, Montevideo felt like a small town – it was great to wander sans traffic and crowds.
Ciudad Vieja – Old Town
The original city gate at Plaza Independencia
The mausoleum of Uruguayan national hero General Artigas is under the square.
We stopped for a snack at historic Café Brasilero. The bread was seriously huge, one slice was 1ox1o inches – cut into quarters it made four average size sandwiches. The addition of cheese, tomatoes, and basil on top was genius!
Colorful facades and colorful language
I’m becoming convinced that South American cities have the best street art.
Meatopia at Mercado del Puerto – my daughter and I split a grilled chicken and the guys ordered a sampler mix similar to what we had seen Anthony eat on “No Reservations”. We left stuffed and smelling like we’d been sitting around a campfire.
The Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art
We found the mix of architectural styles delightful.
Wonderful vibe, great food, beautiful weather, warm friendly people – so glad we took the time to visit!