Walking tour of Barrio Lastarria district and morning tea Chilean style.
13.03.2015 - 13.03.2015
Woke up early as we were starting our city tour at 9.30 am. Our guide Jose conducted our tour of Santiago city. He is very knowledgeable and is very easy to understand.
We drove around the city in the bus and after a while I started to feel quite car sick so put my wrist bands on, but it was probably a bit too late. It is a very nice city with wide streets and is very clean. No dogs wandering around like in Valpariso. In fact, Jose said that all the dogs have been desexed, and a lot of them have been taken away and rabies has been cleared up.
A lot of the old facades of the buildings must be kept and people are allowed to build a modern house behind these old buildings.
We went to the main square and saw where the President works. It was very interesting to hear about President Allendi and Pinochet with a local just putting forth the facts and not his own opinion. We all thought Pinochet was a dictator but Jose explained that under his rule, the yearly basic wage rose from $2,400 to $23,000. There were about 16,000 people captured, tortured and murdered or still missing, but Jose said they were from socialist, communist or other terrorist groups. I must say that Chile seems to be in pretty good shape and the population is not obese at all.
We called into a lovely little restaurant called La Fournil for morning tea and had coffee and a choc chip muffin. It was yummy.
Then into the Central Market for a quick walk through as we were running out of time. I would have liked to spend more time in there as it was quite fascinating.
Then up to the top of city hill for a panoramic view of the city.
We returned to the hotel at about 3.00 pm and Phil and I walked up to the Mall to try to get his glasses fixed. The arm has fallen off. No luck there but they have given him the address of a place that may be able to help him. We'll go there tomorrow.
We had a quick snack at the Mall and then back to the hotel for a bit of a rest before dressing for our Farewell Dinner in the hotel's dining room.
I could hardly eat my meal as I am so full. I just keep eating and eating. Alex and Shirley came up to see our room after dinner. We all laughed at how big it is. It is obscene!
Then Jane arrived with some body lotion for me. I didn't think I had any and then we found some in the drawer. Chatted to her for a while and got to bed quite late, but we can have a sleep in tomorrow as we don't leave for ouf winery tour until 11.45 am.