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Day 9 - At sea

overcast 25 °C

The day started off nice and sunny so we found a deck chair and stretched out. After a while we looked up and realised the ship was surrounded by a circle of fog even though the sun was still shining!
It was quite weird to be sunbathing in the fog with the fog horn sounding every so often.
Eventually it started clearing but the temperature is noticeably cooler now.

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Day 8 - Montevideo, Uruguay

sunny 30 °C

We arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay this morning.


We picked up a free map and set off to explore. The old town right by the port shows the old colonial homes, but sadly some of them need a little upkeep.

We walked along the seafront for about 3 miles until we reached the beach. We were looking forward to a nice cooling paddle but the water was quite warm.


From the beach, we started to walk into town and stumbled across a statue of Confucio

We continued into town up to Avida 18 de Julio, the main street.
There are 2 or 3 little parks to rest in as you walk back towards the port.


We stopped in the port area for a drink and a last go on the internet before boarding the boat. Some friends Pete and Claire had sent us their spare Uruguay Pesos which had bought us lunch earlier and a beer this afternoon.


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Day 7 - Buenos Aires

sunny 32 °C

After a leisurely breakfast we disembarked for a final look around Buenos Aires.

We walked east towards some local parks.


As it's still very hot and humid, we stopped at a shopping centre for a cold drink and some free wifi. We then looped back round through the Recoleta area, over to Av 9 De Julio and back to the ship.

Tonight we sail across to Uruguay (apparently it's a 2 hour journey by the high speed ferry, so we're not sure where we sail !

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Day 6 - Buenos Aires and boarding the Norweigen Sun

sunny 32 °C

Today we walked down to the Plaza de la Republic to see the obelisk erected in 1936 to commemorate the fourth centenary of the first foundation of the city.


We then went back to Plaza de Mayo to see the Catedral - the main Catholic church in Buenos Aires


As we still had plenty of time we decided to walk off the edge of the map to an area called La Boca. On the way, we stumbled across Plaza Dorrego - there was a tango demo in the middle of the square.


We got a little lost after the plaza and had to head for the MacDonalds so Rob could have an ice-cream and we could use the free internet to get our bearings. We got there in the end. Many of the original settlers in La Boca were from Genoa in Italy. The area is full of colourful houses.


We returned back to the hotel and got a taxi to the cruise ship dock. We boarded the ship just in time as there was a heavy downpour. The upper deck had puddles that were a couple of inches deep. The ship doesn't set sail until tomorrow evening.
We explored the ship and having lived out of our suitcases since we left home, enjoyed unpacking and finding a home for everything.

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Day 5 - Buenos Aires

sunny 33 °C

After breakfast, which included some very tasty cakes with Dulce de Leche a milky caramel syrup, we set out for a days sightseeing.

The Icaro Hotel is on Montevideo street, two blocks away from the Congressional Plaza and the National Congress building.


From there, we walked to Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosado, the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina. Eva Peron , who served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952, addressed the crowds from the balcony here.


We walked down to the Port area, stopped for lunch in the Plaza San Martin park.

Our next stop was Cementerio de la Recoleta the first public cemetery in Buenos Aires in 1822. There are 4800 vaults including one for the Duarte family where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried. The cementerio covers 54,843 square metres.


It was very hot and sticky so we stopped at a shopping centre to cool down and get a drink and some free internet.

We got back to the hotel at 16:45 - my fitbit had recorded 18,500 steps and 8.5 miles.....no wonder my feet are sore.

There had been a few rumbles of thunder in the afternoon and by the evening there was heavy rain and lots of flashes of lightning.

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