Today we sleep in a bit to catch up on our sleep and then picked up tickets to the Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus. We used this as our mode of transportation around the city today, but traffic proved to be a challenge for a couple of reasons. First, the Chinese President/Premier/Emperor/Supreme Begin (or something) was in town, so they were diverting traffic. Second, there was a downtown protest for higher wages going on, so they were diverting traffic for this also. Third, there was one red light out on our route with no policeman directing traffic here since, presumably, they were all busy diverting traffic from the previously mentioned items and routing them through this one broken light. It took us over an hour to get past this point!
One of the highlights was taking the funicular up San Cristobal Hill in Metropolitan Park. There are some great views of the city from this point almost 3000 feet above sea level. At the top is also the large statue of the Madonna with outstretched arms – a replica of the one in the Spanish square in Rome, only larger.
We are staying at the Sheraton Hotel in the downtown area and decided to have dinner in the restaurant there. Dwight had lamb shank and the rest of us had to-die-for Salmon.
Today the Fit Bit was charged up, so we knew we got in 17,960 steps even with using the bus.
Our hotel in Santiago- Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center
Carol & Phil high above the city of Santiago
The setting for this statue high up on San Cristobal Hill was beautiful with music playing to set the mood
Lana with the lunch menu for today
View from high above the city
Our lunch stop for today was a local place specializing in Chilean food
One of the many public building sitting on the Plaza de Armas, the real heart of Santiago
Kids enjoying the ride on the funicular
Like many European cities, licks decorate many of the local bridges. Lovers put these on symbolizing the “locking” of their love and then throw the key in the river.
School girls heading home in Santiago
Many of the buildings are very elaborately painted
Phil & Carol overlooking the city of Santiago
There were many great views over the city
I caught this puppy checking out the girl dogs walking by his second story window
The school kids were very excited about getting on the funicular up to the zoo on San Cristobal Hill
Carol & Phil on San Cristobal Hill
The Madonna watching over the city
One of many parks around Santiago
Typical market in the streets of Santiago
Graffiti takes on an art form here in Santiago
This entrance to the park on Santa Lucia hill was completed in 1902
The view riding the funicular and Santiago in the distance
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