The sweetest suite in Montevideo.

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Gotham City? No, just the view from our room.

Last night when we arrived at the Radisson here in Montevideo, there was an issue with our reservation, made through Expedia. They didn’t have it. This resulted in a delay and some confusion, and at the end of it the desk manager said, I am just going to give you our best room. OK, sounds good to me!

When we entered the “best room,” Steve and I laughed like lunatics. This place is ridiculous! We have a foyer, a living room/office area, a sitting room, and a huge bedroom that by itself would make one really nice hotel room. The walk-in closet is about the size of our last hotel room. Oh, and the bathroom is the size of a garage, with a special Jacuzzi room off the end.
We have a Jacuzzi room!
There are four individual temperature controls in the place it’s so big. What did we do to deserve such bounty? (answer: nothing at all. We were worried they would realize it was all a big mistake and make us leave!)

So, here I sat today, with the mammoth task of editing my Patagonia photos. I was very snap happy there and now I am paying the price. And because we had no Internet for four days, I was way behind on my blog. I parked myself in my “office” at 7am and worked diligently on this task all morning. It was productive time.

Just after noon we decided to finally check out Old Town and have a late lunch. We were surprised that most of the stores were closed -- isn’t Saturday a big shopping day? Apparently not, as most of the shops were shuttered. We did find a street market in Plaza Matriz.
Steve was coveting thy neighbor's food. They have a huge variety bowl of meat, salad, potatoes, the works.
Some local characters were selling interesting antiques and knick knacks, flea market style. Then we walked along Sarandi street, through Plaza Zambala, and over to the Mercado del Puerto. This is a very interesting hall filled with food vendors, and all of them appear to serve the same thing: MEAT, roasted over flame in the “gaucho style.” A vegetarian’s nightmare! But despite all the boisterous displays of meat (meat hanging everywhere!), I actually found an excellent salad and a boiled potato, ordered with much difficulty due to our language barrier and a rather clueless waiter. Steve had to order his “mixed grill” three times, and we ended up spending a lot of time at this place.

We took another route home, and passed the harbor to take a look there. It was cold and ugly… I have to say, I am not in love with Montevideo.
Here's something that's open! Looks good too.
The old town is very seedy and doesn’t feel quite safe, and there doesn’t seem to be that much to see. It’s disappointing, especially since Steve and I are both thinking, “Hmmm we could still be in Patagonia, and we choose to come HERE?!”   

Well, at least we have our penthouse suite to cheer us up. I spent more time in front of the computer (blog blog blog), then we used the hotel fitness room. It was my first work out in over a month -- I haven't gone this long without a real work out for many, many years. I made the most of it and I am sure I will feel it tomorrow.

We skipped dinner all together in favor of staying in our luxurious room. Why go out there when it’s so nice in here? Tomorrow, we are off to see more of the country on a driving trip to Colonia de Sacremento…  here’s hoping it will be nicer than Montevideo.


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Gotham City? No, just the view fro…
Gotham City? No, just the view fr…
We have a Jacuzzi room!
We have a Jacuzzi room!
Steve was coveting thy neighbors …
Steve was coveting thy neighbor's…
Heres something thats open! Look…
Here's something that's open! Loo…
Living room / office.
Living room / office.
Walk in closet! There is one whole…
Walk in closet! There is one whol…
Big bedroom!
Big bedroom!
This is about one-quarter of the b…
This is about one-quarter of the …
View from our room.
View from our room.
Street market in Plaza Matriz.
Street market in Plaza Matriz.
Street market in Plaza Matriz.
Street market in Plaza Matriz.
Steve checks out the merchandise.
Steve checks out the merchandise.
Where is everyone?
Where is everyone?
Plaza Zambala.
Plaza Zambala.
Charming fixer upper.
Charming fixer upper.
I guess its just a bank. It looke…
I guess it's just a bank. It look…
Meat, meat, meat at Mercado del Pu…
Meat, meat, meat at Mercado del P…
Steve digs in after a long wait.
Steve digs in after a long wait.
Look, an eggplant! Mercado del Pue…
Look, an eggplant! Mercado del Pu…
Mercado del Puerto restaurant.
Mercado del Puerto restaurant.
The scene at Mercado del Puerto.
The scene at Mercado del Puerto.
Musicians at Mercado del Puerto.
Musicians at Mercado del Puerto.
Typical.
Typical.
Heres one thats open! I bought s…
Here's one that's open! I bought …
Very Grapes of Wrath...
Very Grapes of Wrath...
So I made a B&W version. I like th…
So I made a B&W version. I like t…
Empty streets in Montevideo.
Empty streets in Montevideo.
Harbor area of Montevideo.
Harbor area of Montevideo.
Yuck.
Yuck.
Looks quaint, but also closed.
Looks quaint, but also closed.
My rock and roll lifestyle! Jacuzz…
My rock and roll lifestyle! Jacuz…
Our sitting room.
Our "sitting" room.
Montevideo
photo by: aliciaaa