Santiago, at first glance

2009.Dec.27 Sunday · 1 comment

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Plaza BrasilOut for a late morning wander to check out the surroundings of the hostel, as well as on towards the Estacion Central, the 1897 train station that was actually built in Paris to a design by Gustave Eiffel, the guy who designed that tower, and shipped over to Santiago piece by piece – wish I’d known that before going, as I didn’t actually go into the station and look around, just the ancillary buildings around it, which are apparently of similar design but have been converted into a not very interesting shopping mall.

Plaza Brasil
The pretty Plaza Brasil, just a couple of blocks from where I’m staying, and the core of the neighborhood.

Av. O’Higgins
The main streets are clean, well-kept, wide, and tree-lined. This is Av. O’Higgins, also, I gather, or formerly, known as Av. Alameda.

Santiago streets
Even on the side streets, this one of cobblestone, quite common, there are things that you don’t see in BA, like public trash containers and bike lanes….

Cul de sac
It seemed like everywhere I turned there were these pretty little (and some not so pretty) cul-de-sacs, fitting in things anywhere they can.

Bus stop
After BA’s barely visible and often unmarked bus stops, these really stand-out. Even nicer, come to think of it, than NYC’s.

Street market
As I got closer to the central station, street markets became ubiquitous.

Street market
Directly across from the central station, the Mercado Estacion Central

Street market
…which promised to be interest…

Street market
…and, not unexpectedly had its share of fresh fruit and vegetable stands…

Street market
…but is, primarily, a live poultry market…

Street market
…with everything from baby chickens to adult ones, ducks, geese, turkeys, pheasant, peacocks (yes, peacocks), and rabbits.

Quite a contrast from across the street in the station buildings with the shopping mall packed full of t-shirt and souvenir shops.


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Paz December 27, 2009 at 09:59

I’d love to visit Chile one day. Will you stop by Vina del mar, too?

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


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