As we slept, the ship moved across the Rio de La Plata and when we came on deck at dawn we found the port of Montivideo bathed in brilliant light. The crew had left us a message that our tour, Artistic Montivideo had been cancelled, so we decided to do a short walking, shopping tour of the town, have lunch at a parilla and be back on the ship before sailing time at 4:30pm. We decided to take the uptown shuttle provided by one of the leather shops and my wife bought a jacket to replace one that had gone missing at Newark Airport.
After buying the jacket, we walked through the streets of the ciudad viejo to the Plaza de La Independencia with its mounted statue of Jose Artigas, the hero of Uruguayan Independence and the Palacio Salvo whose unique tower - built in 1928 - was once the tallest building on the continent.
some unique architectural examples on the main square. Palacio Salvo built 1928
I had stayed in this square - at the Victoria Palace Hotel - about 20 years ago. At that time the hotel was reputedly owned by Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church (Moon had also bought some of the main banks and virtually all the print media and had co-operated in the "dirty war" against the Tupamoros) His presence was so great some called the capital "moontevideo" - though that era now seems to be thankfully behind us.
We walked back towards the Port Market area and stopped at Restaurant Le Palenque where we enjoyed a meal of beef grilled parilla style Then back to our ship and away from large cities until we had completed our journey "round the horn"