Santiago Travel Blog› entry 29 of 58 › view all entries
November 2nd, 2007 – by: gfranci2
For lunch we got food from one of the many Chinese restaurants that actually have Chinese people working in them! I love being in Santiago and seeing people from other countries.
After lunch we headed up to the Barrio Bellavista area. We went into the Museo de Bellas Artes, which had some of the most unique artwork I've ever seen. Apparently they change the exhibits around a lot, and this rotation has a lot of mixed media works. The building which houses the museo was also beautiful inside with great details.
The Barrio Bellavista definitely lived up to it's reputation as the Bohemian neighborhood of Santiago. There were tons of art galleries, mosaics in the sidewalk, 2 blocks of street cafes, and tons of young people. Barrio Bellavista also is where all the artesania vendors gather. There must have been about 60 different stands scattered throughout the neighborhood. The area is definitely worth a visit and a bite to eat just for it's atmosphere.
Right next to Barrio Bellavista is Cerro San Cristobal. We took the funicular up, and I'm glad we did. The view of the city was spectacular! Unfortunately there was a ton of smog, so we couldn't see all the way to some of the mountains. At the very top of the hill is a open air church with a huge statue of the Virgen Mary, which, being in Chile, has a huge radio tower right next to it. (Thank god I can airbrush my photos later!)
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