Arriving in Chile
Our first day in Chile includes time in Santiago. The first stop the Mercado Centrale for a walk through the seafood market. The Chilean coast, 6435 km/3999 mi, hugs the Humboldt current bringing cold waters North from Antarctica. The result is a wealth of fresh meat seafood celebrated for its high quality.
Lunch at La Joya del Pacifico
After walking through the market we sat down in the center for lunch with the jewel of the Pacific, La Joya del Pacifico, seafood and Pisco Sours. The Mercado Centrale building stands at 147 years old.
Our guide for the trip, Alfredo Bartholomaus, originates in Southern Chile. He has been in wine for over 35 years and was once named by Robert Parker as “the premier importer of South American wines.”
San Cristobal Hill
A park on the edge of Santiago includes San Cristobal Hill. The top hosts the Virgin Mary, a weekly Sunday pilgrimage hike for locals. The slopes below the Virgin include cremorial burial chambers, and prayer sanctuaries. At the base of the Virgin is a small chapel where mass is held once a month. Turning back out from Mary showcases views of the city.
Thank you to Alfred Bartholomaus. Thank you to Marilyn Krieger and David Greenberg.
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