Final stop pretty much

Santiago Travel Blog

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Our first abode in Chile. Would once have been a grand house I'm sure. Similar in architectural features to La Casa Roja

Quite a nice city as cities go, although a bit more money to spend would have been nice.  It was definitely the most expensive of our South American destinations.  Thought we had a week to spend here, but a casual double-checking of our flight dates revealed I had been thinking of our arrival date in Oz, not our departure from Chile, which was a couple of days earlier!

Highlights:

  • La Casa Roja; our accommodation for a number of days.  A rather pleasant chilled hangout, with nice original features of what was probably a rather fancy mansion or hotel.
  • Wine tour to the old Cousiña Macul winery.  The new one is out of town.
  • A visit to Parque Quinta Normal and the museum that happened to be there; Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, which passed the time.
  • The "Cafes con piernas" - not really a highlight, but interesting!  Coffee served by ladies all togged up in figure hugging short dresses (not particularly flattering most of the time!).  However, the coffee was nice, and reasonably priced too.
  • Relaxing knowing we didn't have to lug our too heavy rucksacks much further, including the weavings bought in Sucre, Bolivia and the rug, table cloth etc we bought about 8 weeks previously in Otavalo, Ecudaor!

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Our first abode in Chile.  Would o…
Our first abode in Chile. Would …
Parque Quinta Normal with the Muse…
Parque Quinta Normal with the Mus…
Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
A bar with a nice spot outside for…
A bar with a nice spot outside fo…
Cousino Macul winery. Old wine bar…
Cousino Macul winery. Old wine ba…
32,500 litre barrel! Cousino Macul…
32,500 litre barrel! Cousino Macu…
The modern equivalent of wine barr…
The modern equivalent of wine bar…
Old bottling machine
Old bottling machine
Old cellar.  No longer used since …
Old cellar. No longer used since…
Sampling the product :o)
Sampling the product :o)
Vines at Cousino Macul, with snow …
Vines at Cousino Macul, with snow…
Museo Historico Nacional, Plaza de…
Museo Historico Nacional, Plaza d…
Catedral Metropolitana, Plaza de A…
Catedral Metropolitana, Plaza de …
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