|Plaza de Armas|
|Perfect weather for a city bus tour|
|Palacio de la Moneda|
|La Biblioteca Nacional|
|Academia des Bellas Artes|
|View from Cerro San Cristobal|
We also visited the Museum of Pre-Colimbine Art which is very interesting and well worth a visit. Whilst enjoying a drink outside the museum we heard a piper playing The Lonely Shepherd . So what! I hear you say. Well for us it's a very special track, it was the music played at our wedding when Susy made her entrance, what were the chances of hearing it in downtown Santiago!
Our next stop was the Santiago home of Pablo Neruda, if you read the previous Post on Valparaiso you'll have seen his house La Sebastiana. His city home is called La Chascona.
We ate at the Mercado twice during our stay, both times at Augusto's restaurant in the main hall. Without doubt the best known restaurant in the Mercado, the atmosphere is great and the food delicious. My recommendation is a Marisco Empanada to start followed by King Crab Casserole which is full of lovely crab meat. Once you've had your meal, take some time to wander round the market, especially to see an amazing selection of fresh seafood. Some more photos below to show you whats instore for you. One useful tip, try and get there by 1pm as the central hall seems to be full from 1:30pm onwards.
As we aproached the end of our fantastic couple of weeks in Chile, it was time to check out some traditional Chilean Handcraft in the Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos. You'll find this wonderful country style market in Las Condes, located next to the San Vincente Ferrer Church. It is well worth a visit, lots to see in a very relaxed atmosphere with a couple of bars/restaurants to take a break, check out the Pie de Limon, simply gorgeous. Below are some more shots which I hope will show you why this lovely location is well woth a visit.
Our final recommendation from out latest trip to Santiago is to check out the restaurant Como Agua para Chocolate, inspired by the book of the same name the food is great and the restaurant which seems to get full around 9pm has a fantastic atmosphere. Located in the Barrio Bellavista, there are plenty of places to go before or after your meal for a drink or two. Check out Our Favourites section for the website.