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Montevideo (3): Las Ramblas

A balmy 19C degrees, blue sky and sunshine. Despite the strong wind, which seems quite common here, in my brief experience of Montevideo, the day is perfect for a long walk along the promenade.
Las Ramblas. One of the main features of Montevideo, they offer great views of the city and the coastline. By the way the water body that borders the city is a river, the Rio de la Plata. As huge as it may be, it is not the ocean.

For the start of my walk I choose the stretch of the ramblas that goes from Pocitos to Punta Carretas. This is a wealthy area and some of the apartment blocks facing the waterfront seem quite expensive. A large beach in Pocitos increases the resemblance with the seaside. There are also a lot of green/natural areas along this part of the coastline.

La rambla is crowded: cyclists, joggers, mums pushing prams, tourists, locals enjoying a walk in the sun. It is really an enjoyable part of Montevideo.

The lighthouse in Punta Carretas, built in 1876, marks the southernmost point of Uruguay. It offers good views of the city and coastline, once you have climbed the steep and narrow staircase leading you to the balcony (all for UR$25).

From Punta Carretas, the ramblas continue all the way to the Ciudad Vieja (you will first encounter the Parque Rodo’, a nice green area where you can rest for a while) and further more. The view changes a bit and you will see a lot of fishermen too, but walking along the ramblas remains a not-to-miss experience when in Montevideo.

The Lighthouse Award, my first blogger award!

For someone like me, who has only just started travel blogging and whose past  writing experience consists only of research papers and technical documents, being nominated for The Lighthouse Award by a fellow blogger is an immense honour!

So my biggest thanks goes to Travel Chick Diaries (click here to view her blog), who thinks my blog is terrific :-). You have a pretty awesome blog too!

And now in true Lighthouse Award fashion I will recap the rules of the award and then proceed with my nominations.

The criteria for accepting the award are:

• Display the Award Certificate on your blog • Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you • Inform your nominees of their award nominations • Share three ways that you like to help others • Nominate as many bloggers as you like

Ways I like to help others:

1. Show people that we have options in life and when we are not happy about something we can either change it or walk away from it

2. Make time to listen to people and give them support

3. Share my skills with them

And my nominees are: