It was only on the second day that we discovered the real gems of this city when we took the bus all the way through the city to Playa Pocitos. This beach can easily compete with most beaches in Rio de Janeiro like the world famous Copacabana, except that it is less crowded. It has very shallow waters for a about a hundred meters, ideal for families.
After taking photos of the mellow beach scene, we strolled back through the barrio of Villa Biarritz with its nice houses, high apartment buildings and huge palms creating a kind of “Paseo” by separating the two lane streets in the middle.
During this walk an elderly couple saw us studying our map and immediately offered their assistance. Well, we were hungry and in the midst of a residential area, which left us with little options. But the couple pointed out a huge shopping mall, Punta Carretas, right in front of us, which we would have never noticed.
There we stuffed ourselves at the all you can eat buffet at Don Peperone before we hit the movie theater and watched “Al otro lado del mundo”, the English title is quite different though: “The “Painted Veil”. We truly enjoyed this movie, maybe also because it was the first time in a real movie theater in months.
Many parts of the city we discovered on our second day could be anywhere in Europe or the US, huge shopping malls, golf club and yacht club …
After hiking through god knows how many barrios of Montevideo, we deserved a bit of a reward. So we had a drink at the rooftop restaurant of the Radisson Hotel which offers a 360 angel view of the city. With the most expensive drink for 4 Euros we even did not feel too guilty.