Montevideo and its European Feel
Memories of a trip can be so vague, but this travel souvenir from Uruguay nails the images to a specific building. If you are walking along 18 de Julio Avenue in Montevideo, you'll come across Palacio Salvo (Salvo Palace). An Italian immigrant who built a similar building in Buenos Aires, where he lived, built it in 1925. Palacio Salvo is one of Montevideo's emblematic sites as it gives the city its European feel that the travelers can perceive while walking in downtown. You can walk around Plaza Independencia that is located just across the palace. This square serves as a bridge between the old and the new city and it is located on the site of the old walled town, which was torn down after Uruguay obtained its independence from the Portuguese in 1825.
Montevideo in Details
Montevideo is home to more than one million and a half inhabitants who boast the highest quality of life in South America. People lead calm lives in a city where traffic jams are rare as it seems influenced by the rural style of the rest of the country. If you are a sea fan, you won't be disappointed, as Montevideo features an array of beaches. Some beaches worth mentioning include Pocitos, Carrasco, Playa de Los Ingleses, Malvin and Buceo. This is city of tango and candombe, two musical genres that reflect the diverse social and cultural origin of this unique city located in the Southern hemisphere. If tango's origins can be traced back in Europe, candombe has an African origin, as it was the music played by the African slaves two hundred years ago. This is a great travel souvenir to take back home.