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I finally managed to bring my camera with me into the city. A quick trip downtown with no particular objective in mind, I was taken by the city’s lovely colonial architecture blending in with modern skyscrapers. And always with the snow capped Andes looming in the east. This aspect reminds me of other cities located near big mountains, like Vancouver or even Salt Lake City.
Santiago’s population of just over 5 million makes for a bustling place, with sidewalk cafes, bistros, parks galore, and a progressive arts scene. Hip, expensive little neighborhoods seem much like those in lower Manhattan, with a distinct Latin American vibe.
Our refuge in the foothills is an escape from the hustle, noise and crime that the city can bring, but visits like this are now calendared as an outing to take each month.
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Typical view of downtown Santiago, with the hated “snake bus” front and center. Driven by maniacal, failed Formula One drivers, the buses are a sad disaster, hated by car drivers and riders alike. On a good note for public transit, the subway system in Santiago is excellent.
Santiago is GREEN. Pains are taken to preserve trees, cactus and succulents by the municipality and private citizens alike.
The purpose of this solid old brick building might be lost to history, but happily, it is preserved despite surrounding “progress”
Typical colonial architecture. This is the Bella Arts Museum, which is fabulous and free.
The old blends with the new. In this municipal park, donations are sought, not for maintenance, but to feed the stray dogs. Chile has the greatest sort of “homeless” pooches, mostly large breeds, well loved by passersby.
Colorful, arty nooks and crannies lead to shops, cafes and bars
From the busy streets of downtown, this entrance leads to the sanctuary of a city park
Santiago is for Lovers! Hopefully this bridge in the city center won’t meet the same fate as the Pont de Arts in Paris
More expressions of love on an old stone wall