Changing of the Guard - La Moneda
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Although it´s not mentioned in any of the travel guides we´ve seen, the guard of the Presidential Palace (La Moneda) is changed at about 10am every second day, so we thought we would head down today to see what it was all about. It is actually quite a spectacle, with a band, horses, soldiers with swords and rifles and the whole kit and kaboodle. We could hear the band coming before it arrived, it comes up the street next to the palace, and then swings into the square at the front. The actual marching of the soldiers was not quite as precise as we would have expected of a military group, but they looked very well turned out! The uniforms are a little fascist in style, but we guess it´s an historical thing. There seemed to be quite a large group of guards to change, but we saw on the news tonight that the President was actually in the Palace and was attended by the lady officer we saw in the change, so probably a few extras to keep an eye on things. The band was excellent and they even, at one stage when not a lot was happening, played a number that sounded suspiciously like the track for a strip-tease! No-one took any clothes off, though!
Didn´t do very much more today, went and got our tickets for our trip to Isla Negra tomorrow and had an ice-cream (this one from Gelateria Bombola, not as good as old Bravissimo!).