We started off our wonderful Uruguayan getaway in the capital of Montevideo. I was blown away by the beauty of this city! Every other building looks like a historic monument with elaborately carved moldings, 15 foot high doors, and marble tiled floors. Most of the older buildings were built in the late 1800s to early 1900s, and sadly much is now in disrepair. Think Paris with (a lot more) patina! We spent the rest of our trip fantasizing about which romantic place we would buy and restore.
We spent most of the day exploring the Ciudad Vieja, the old part of Montevideo full of colonial buildings and charming cafes and markets. This neighborhood had previously been abandoned when the population moved to the suburbs, but it is now experiencing a resurgence as more and more places are being restored. Although still considered to be dangerous at night, the area is expected to only become more popular.