As I mentioned, Mr. DRL, my mother, the Canadoca and I spent Christmas in Punta del Este, Uruguay. We loved it - it was beautiful!
Before heading to Punta del Este, Mr. DRL & the Canadoca and I spent a couple of days in Montevideo before my mother (Nana) flew in. Here is a gorgeous sunset photo from our time there:
Although we enjoyed our time in Montevideo, we were a bit underwhelmed with the city itself. It feels pretty tranquilo and laid back. Reminded me a bit of the nicer areas of Lima, and the Rambla reminds me of a less-nice, muddy-watered Ipanema area. We enjoyed walking and driving around and taking in some of the local architecture. We went to the historic harbour area one day for lunch, which was nice. Earlier that morning we drove through (on a Sunday) and I would have to say we found the area quite sketchy before things opened for the day!
We also took in the antique fair and market. This was quite different from any others we've been to in South American cities. It had everything from used keyboards with half the keys missing to fine antiques.
Quaint little city, but I think I might have enjoyed some time in Colonia better. We had an excellent dinner at Terracota in Punta Carretas. Coronel Mora 603.
Another thing I'd love to mention is that we got incredibly LOST in Montevideo while trying to go to the airport to pick up my mom. The city seems incredibly straightforward but we missed a turnoff or something and got on the wrong wroute and weren't able to correct ourselves for quite awhile. We made it to the airport just in time to greet Nana as she came into the greeting area. We then left the city for Punta del Este, which I'll write about very soon...