Santiago, Chile | cathedral reflections

Just landed in Santiago, Chile this morning after a 9 hour overnight flight from Atlanta. I slept about five hours on the plane (with the help of Ambien) but was still tired on arrival. However, I resisted the impulse to take a nap. After checking in at the Ritz-Carlton Santiago and taking a long, hot shower, I joined my Brownell Travel colleagues for a short walking tour of the city.

Santiago is an attractive city with beautiful parks and squares. After seeing La Moneda Presidential Palace (where the President of Chile has his office), we walked to Plaza de Armas Square, a large square with caricature artists, orators (something like Speakers Corner in London), and some interesting historic buildings.

I was fascinated by this reflection of the old Cathedral in the windows of a contemporary office building immediately across the street. Afterwards, we were taken for a "light lunch" at Ciudad Vieja. Well, it was very, very good and quite authentic, but light? Fried cheese and French fries!

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