Saturday, January 12, 2013

Still in Santiago

Per our original itinerary, we were supposed to check out of our hotel in Santiago on Friday morning, pick up our rental car, and drive down to Santa Cruz to spend a week in the wine region. Since Carter was sick for the entire first week we were in Santiago, we decided to adjust our schedule so that we could actually spend some time here. So on Friday morning, we checked out of the Ritz Carlton and headed a few blocks down the street to the W, which is our favorite hotel in Santiago.

Our room at the W has a balcony, which I am LOVING. Also, the air conditioning works, which makes Doug very happy. Our room at the Ritz was nearly 80 degrees for the entire week and a half we stayed there, and there was nothing to be done about it. Doug was miserable, and he's so much happier now.

Carter was reluctant to leave the Ritz (he said he loved the room service), but he was happy once we got to the W. He's stayed here twice before, and he remembers it well. He's also enjoying having an outside space to play in.

Happy hour is now on the veranda. We love it!

Now that Carter is feeling better, we've been able to get out a bit more. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner last night.

Today we went to the Mercado Central, the city's historic fish market. Carter loves fish markets, and he seemed to enjoy this one quite a lot.

He especially liked seeing sea urchins.

We had lunch at Donde Agosto, one of the most popular restaurants in the market.

Oh, how I'd missed this. The typical Chilean bread is sort of a cross between a roll and a biscuit, and they eat it with a very mild salsa called pebre. Pictured here with Chilean beer. YUM.

So obviously Chile is known for its seafood, since it's all coastline. This is one of my very favorite dishes: ostiones a la parmesena. Yes, that would be parmesan scallops. I know, right? Shellfish and cheese? But it's SO GOOD. Also, in Chile they eat the whole scallop, including the orange part that you never see in the US. I'm not sure why, because that part is yummy.

After Skyping with family (Happy 79th birthday, Nana Anna!) Carter and I decided to check out the W's rooftop pool.

He definitely impressed all the honeymooning couples with his mad swimming skilz.

And of course, the view from the pool is spectacular. Hello, Andes.

It's light late into the evening this time of year, that last photo was taken at 7:30 pm. After we got out of the pool and dressed, the three of us headed across the street to our favorite pizza spot for dinner, and then hung out on the balcony to watch the sun set around 9:30 pm.

Tomorrow will mark two weeks into our trip. Under normal circumstances, we'd be thinking about heading home. But of course, this time, it's just the beginning of our adventure. :-)


  1. Whoa those are some great pictures. Santiago looks beautiful! I'm so glad you all are feeling better and being able to get out and about. (and dude, I'm with Doug on the A/C!) :D

    1. The room at the Ritz had one window you could kind of crack open, but it didn't help much. And we were stuck inside for a week with a sick kid. :-P

      It's great to be able to get out into the city at last!

  2. Oh, these photos are adorable. I'm so glad he's feeling better. I love room service, but I love air conditioning more. You guys know how to vacation in style!

    1. We're definitely blowing out our budget at the moment. We're going to have to rein it in pretty soon!

  3. ugh I would have been miserable right along with Doug!! But so glad Carter is feeling better and your adventure continues! Nifty pool!

    1. There's definitely going to be a lot of pool time this year, if Carter has anything to say about it. :-)

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  5. Wow, that pool is CRAZY awesome!