Today was our one full day in Santiago, and we made it a full one. Surprised?
We had learned that the changing of the guard at the presidential palace was at 10am, so we walked about 1/2 an hour to get there in time. It was underwhelming, just the guards on duty stepping off with new guards taking their place. Well, at least we can say we were there. Here’s what I captured.
There are 4 statues in the park, here is Salvador Allende’s.
We walked back to Plaza de Armas. Wouldn’t want to be chased down by these police officers on horseback.
We went into the grand post office building. They had a nice museum inside.
It was time to hit museums. Our first was the Museo Nacional de Bella Artes. It’s their modern art museum.
Where else would you see hay bales in the shape of the Arc de Triumphe?
We had lunch in the same neighborhood at Colmado Coffee & Bakery. Our waitress spoke English and was so very nice. My sandwich was huge, I could only eat half. I asked if she could give it to someone in need. She said she couldn’t but I could, so she wrapped it up for me. Across the street was a park, and I found a homeless man and offered him the food. He asked what it was, I managed to communicate it and he accepted it. It was a little thing I could do.
Our next museum was the Museo de Artes Visuales. They had an exhibit of the socialist revolutionaries of Latin America and their attempts to create utopian societies. Recognized 26 Julio, which was the Castros in Cuba.
We walked back to our neighborhood over the water. Of course, they have a lock bridge, like everywhere else.
We stopped for our afternoon pisco sours. Dinner was an amazing experience, a Peruvian ancestral food restaurant, Peumayen.
To give you a sense of how wild this place was, these were the breads, representing Peru from north to south.
I had the vegetarian main course, quinoa and I can’t be sure what else. But it was tasty!
We weren’t sure we could take a horizontal dessert too, so we went for gelato!
Tomorrow we have a little more than half a day in Santiago, and then we start the trip home.