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Published: October 9th 2018
As the museums are closed on Mondays we decided we could just take it easy today. Daisy had a good sleep-in and we didn’t get out until 11:15am. We walked over to the Mercado Central Markets and discovered the fish markets and a section full of seafood restaurants. As it was lunch time we thought this was a great place to have some seafood. My first choice based on Trip Advisor scores was closed unfortunately so we took a chance on another one called San Antonio Lalita. Daisy had a seafood soup and I had a seafood stew and both were delicious. The waiter even gave us a couple of complementary pisco sours which is a Chilean drink made from Chilean pisco brandy, lemons from Pica, sugar and ice. As you all know, I don’t drink so Daisy ended up drinking both.
After lunch we decided to walk over to another interesting looking building and discovered another market area with one section selling flowers and another selling nic-nacs like Paddy’s and a small food court. The bags and back-packs were ultra cheap and Daisy bought a couple of postcards and a bum bag/shoulder bag for about $5. Then we saw
a nice church, took some photos but it was closed so couldn’t look inside. Then over to a building that turned out to be an old train station for the extinct Santiago-Valparaiso railway line. It is now used as an exhibition space so the main exhibit area was closed but we could still go inside and see most of it. There was a small exhibit about its history as well so it was worthwhile inspecting.
After that Daisy decided she wanted to send the postcards she bought so she asked some local girls where the post office was. They couldn’t speak English but we communicated successfully and they told us to go to the Place de Armas. When we got there some nice police officers pointed us to the building, Correos Chile. We had a bit of a wait but the man in charge spoke English so it was all easy. He even let Daisy jump the queue when she had taken the wrong ticket.
By now it was mid-afternoon and we walked back past our apartment to Cerro Santa Lucia which is the highest hill in central Santiago. Castle Hildago is a short distance up the hill
but was closed and we continued our walk to the summit which was quite fun, there were various ways to get to the top and the final section of stairs is quite narrow and suddenly we saw a lot of people. The view today wasn’t as good because of the extra smog being a Monday, but we enjoyed the walk because of all the interesting structures and statues scattered throughout the park.
We then made an alternative way back to the entrance and made the short walk around to the Lastarria area for the second time on this trip. Lots of interesting architecture in this area as well. Our first aim was to get coffee at 3841 Coffee Roasters recommended by our friend Jill Reed which we found quickly and it was a great recommendation, best coffee so far on our trip, so thanks to Jill. We then wandered through all the shops and decided on a restaurant for dinner called Victorino and we both had a rib eye steak, Daisy’s with 3 cheese sauce and mine with bacon and mushrooms. Our waitress was Asian, so I asked her if she was Chinese and she said she was Korean
and migrated here with her parents when she was just one year old. So she spoke Spanish, Korean and English. She said there were more Koreans and Chinese here than what you would think. After our very filling meal we had already decided we were going to try a gelato place around the corner which we did and rolled home about 8:30pm. On arrival home, found a going away present from the apartment owners of a bottle of Chilean wine which is a very nice gesture.
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