Another few days in one go
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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.
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.
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.