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Outside of Casa Colorada, which houses the tourist information and the Museum of SAntiago

9 April>
 Not very active today! Updated travbuddy and then posted back a box to Australia / cost us  CP27000 for 3.4 kilos, so almost as much as the stuff inside!   Can't believe we forgot to put in the wine glasses we got from the wineries we visited, the main reason for posting the box. Oh well, we'll leave them in the apartment because they'll just get broken as we travel.  Popped into the Museum of Santiago which is within the Casa Colorada right near the Plaza de Armas.  It's quite small, and is obviously just about the history of Santiago, but has some really good models of the city through the years.  Also has quite a few English translations, so a diverting half hour or so.

Exterior of Palacio Cousino
  Got the time difference wrong between here and Australia and woke up Melissa's parents with a 6am phone call [woops!].

10 April
Walked down to the other side of the Alameda today to visit the Palacio Cousino, built by the same family as the winery.  The villa was built inthe 1870's, started by Luis but finished by Isadora after his death.  There are loads of gorgeous hand painted majollica tiles on the walls, floor and ceiling although the floors on the ground level are all parquetry, using five different types of wood and with a different pattern in each room.  Much of the furniture is original, and the other was donated by different antique dealers of Santiago to match the relevant period.  Only the ground floor of the house is original, as a fire in`1968 destroyed the upper two floors / apparently it was caused by an electrical fault because the wiring was the original from th e 1870's, bought direct from Edison himself!  The fire was stopped by the very impressive marble staircase.

exterior of Palacio Cousino
  The main chandelier in the reception hall weighs half a ton and is made of Baccarat crystal, so very impressive.  The upper floor ismuch simpler than the first, being the rebuild after the fire, but still quite grand.  The house was given to the City by the family in the 1930's and was used as a residence for visiting dignitaries, so the new rooms all had an office and lounge room in addition to the bedroom and bathroom.  We had lunch inthe gardens and then walked back into the city to see a movie.  This time it was 'Vantage Point' / seven different views about the shooting of a US president. It was quite good, but the groundhog day style flashbacks got a bit boring after the first couple of go's!   We spotted the inflated Greenpeace whale on the way back, so glad we got to see that in flight.
The Greenpeace whale outside La Moneda.

11 April
Walked up to the General Cemetary today, entered off La Paz. This road is fairly rough for much of the way, with lots of wholesale fruit merchants, and then motor mechanics.  At this entrance to the cemetary, there is a curved set of 'halls', very Roman in appearance but not su re what it was actually for.  Some of the mausoleums are amazing, really small houses although some not so small!  We searched for SAlvador Allende's grave but couldn't find it.  Did managed to locate lots of other presidents and also the Memorial to the Disappeared of the dictatorship / this is found at the vehicle exit on Av. Recoleta.  It lists all of those of who disappeared during the military regime and goes right up to the late 80's, so fairly recent history.  Walked back along Recoleta and had lunch in alittle park next to the Cerro Blanco.  Watched some Davis Cup on TV / would have liked to have gone, but the tickets were very expensive, even for us.  Chile at home to Canada.

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Outside of Casa Colorada, which ho…
Outside of Casa Colorada, which h…
Exterior of Palacio Cousino
Exterior of Palacio Cousino
exterior of Palacio Cousino
exterior of Palacio Cousino
The Greenpeace whale outside La Mo…
The Greenpeace whale outside La M…
A mausoleum at the General Cemetary
A mausoleum at the General Cemetary
A memorial to the leader of a poli…
A memorial to the leader of a pol…
An interesting grave at the genera…
An interesting grave at the gener…
Memorial to the Disappeared and ex…
Memorial to the Disappeared and e…
Memorial to executed politicos dur…
Memorial to executed politicos du…
Memorial to the Disappeared, Gener…
Memorial to the Disappeared, Gene…
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