Shopping, cable cars and walking
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Another combination entry, or the days wouldn´t have much in them!
Lots of walking today, went down Catedral all the way to the Parque Quinta Normal, a lovely green space in the middle of the city. It has a lagoon in the middle, which used to be a swimming pool, but you can now row boats around it. Went to find the Salvador Allende Museum, but on arrival at the address, found it has moved to another location. Will head over another day. The museum houses a fairly modern art collection, which was hidden during the dictatorship years, and brought out again for display after Pinochet´s demise. Kept walking over to the Estacion Central, which is the main train and bus terminal, but also houses a big shopping centre.
Woke up Easter Sunday to eat our little packet of chocolate eggs - not our usual choc. extravaganza, but much better for us! Tried to go to the Pre-Columbian museum, but it was shut. We were told it would be open, even on Easter Sunday, but it appeared that all government concerns were closed, so we´ll go next weekend. It costs CP$3000 to get in, but free on Sunday, so worth doing that to save a few dollars.
Didn´t achieve very much today, went to the tourist info centre to get her to book some winery tours for us, but it was shut. After trying to find the free tourist shuttle to the huge Mall Parque Arauco shopping centre, we ended up getting a public bus as far as we could and then walking. Exhausted by the time we got there, and then had to walk around the centre! It´s a pretty expensive one, with all the top shops, but nice to have a wander around.
Easy day today. Went to the tourist info, and the lady booked our tour for Viña Cousiño Macul for tomorrow. We got some photos printed for NOel´s mum (not an internet person), met HJ and walked up to the Mercado Central for lunch. HJ and Melissa had seafood, but Noel (who´s allergic) managed to get a roast chicken, chips and egg meal, so he was happy.
Visited the winery Cousiño Macul today, went out on the metro and then walked the last leg. It´s a beautiful old setting, the buildings are over 150 years old and the staff very nice. The tour only lasts half an hour, but they give you good sized tastings, so we stretched those out a bit! This is the only winery in Chile which is still 100% family owned, and they have a personal cellar full of all the good stuff they´ve produced over the years - our guide said he´s working on marrying one of the daughters so that he can access the "library" at will! Had our picnic lunch in their grounds, and then walked back to the metro and home.