Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay)

After a very long flight from Europe to South America, I subconsciously waited for some kind of exoticism. No, I have been in South America before, but in more exotic places with jungles, waterfalls, and Indians. The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, the millionth city on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and even with the winter weather, rain, winds and absolutely European buildings and white faces did not cause the feeling of travel. Very civilized, clean, cultural, quite rich. And prices are at the level of France, or Germany. Add to this meeting in the Uruguayan Senate, solid buffets and evenings in the company of the local bohemia and three days in Montevideo flew like in a dream. Now, two months later, I remember this time in a kind of fog and wonder what it was?
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In the previous article about Uruguay, I told about the colonial part of Montevideo, where surprisingly everything is bad.Usually, the old part of the city, well, that with churches and various palaces, it is the brightest and most solid part of any city. But not in Montevideo, where the historical center is in decline, take a lookColonial Montevideo. Beautiful villas, cathedrals, squares are collapsing before our eyes, and from the number of homeless people just want to run away. And it is a ten-minute walk from the solid business center of the city. And today we will walk along the more typical part of the Uruguayan capital, relatively new, where one cannot find Spanish buildings of the 16th century, but there is a lot of other things
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It is believed that the white inhabitants of South America are the descendants of the Spanish conquistadors and immigrants. This is only partly true, since in the 19th century mainly Italians, Portuguese and Germans moved to Argentina and Uruguay. Today, only half of the inhabitants of Uruguay can call themselves descendants of the Spaniards. At one of the meetings related to human rights activities, I asked a question to three senators who were present there, who they are by descent. Only one called himself a descendant of the Spaniards. Another said that his parents were from Sicily, and the third said that his mother was the daughter of immigrants from Germany, and he did not even know what kind of roots he is, Poland is supposed to be in the fifth generation.
By the way, to the question of the population of South America.In Montevideo, there is a whole area (quite fashionable), which is called Armenia, because there is a large Armenian diaspora living there, numbering about 20 thousand people. This is certainly not 200 thousand Armenians in neighboring Argentina, but for Uruguay’s 3 million people a lot. Khachkar in Montevideo -
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Another monument associated with the Uruguayan Armenians, ibid, in the region of Armenia -
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If you're interested, in the next article I will tell you about the Armenians of Uruguay, about churches, schools, parties and so on. This is a separate and interesting topic and I would not want to mix it with the architecture of the city as a whole.
I ended up in Montevideo in June, that is, in the winter. There is not a winter there that snow does not fall in Europe. But the strongest winds, rain with hail and temperature in the region of +10 degrees provided. Everyone understands that the southern hemisphere and everything is “the other way around”, but when faced with this personally, it looks surrealism. In a sweater and a storm on the beaches of South America?
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Taking off this shot, I was blown away by a cap with the wind. While I was hiding the camera in the bag from the rain, the cap was rapidly sweeping towards the raging sea. In vain, I tried to keep up with the cap, it was thrown from side to side and in the end it found its rest in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Toward evening, the ocean calmed down, and the rain took a break for me, allowing me to take a walk -
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Uruguayan friends, seeing that I was photographing the beaches, began to experience "Oh, this is not the season, everything does not look very beautiful." Yes, in summer, in January, here, firstly, the beach is wider - ebbs, and secondly, there is so much rest and bathing in people that you will not always find a place.
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Montevideo is a very green city. Moreover, green in the burgher style, more similar to the old cities of Germany. These shady alleys remind me of Munich, Vienna, Zurich -
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It is believed that this is the most expensive hotel in Uruguay, opposite the embankment -
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Sleeping areas of Montevideo completely break your ideas about South America. Zoom, and now open your eyes again. Attention, the question - where are you?
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Netherlands, north of Germany?
Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Strasbourg? Paris?
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Several villas were clearly abandoned, and in this rather expensive area of ​​the city. I asked why? They explained to me that if the owners died, but no heirs, then the villa is worth it. Until it falls apart.
Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

Montevideo on a cool winter evening in June (Uruguay) Montevideo, city, Germany, Uruguay, South, city, very, region, America, villa, part, more, thousands, Spaniards, Bauhaus, simple, style, question, ocean, Armenia

This villa is not abandoned, but simply the owners like to live overgrown with tops -
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And this villa is quite residential, just according to the locals, the original offspring of former rich people live there.They get high on life, have parties with recently allowed marijuana and are far from investing in renovating a mansion. Do you want to go in and out? They asked me in all seriousness.
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Suddenly the German Bauhaus style on the right. Are you aware that this architectural style, oddly enough, is best represented not even in Germany itself, but in ... Israel? The whole center of Tel Aviv is a solid "Bauhaus" of the 20-30s of the last century. About this I have a separate article "White City January morning".

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