|Connie in Parque Central|
When the Spanish arrived in the 1500's they built some beautiful cathedrals and convents. Some of these are still being used, while others have been destroyed by huge earthquakes . We spent some time climbing over ruins and investigating the old convents. many of the existing businesses are housed in old ruins of church buildings, which just adds to the charm of this city.
|Thom, Jim, Denise, and Jill at ruins of Santiago|
We shopped and bargained with the local. If you sat in the Park for any time, you were sure to be approached by indigenous people selling all kinds of woven things, jewelery, flutes, and Chiclets! No, was not answer they would take, and actually it was fun to talk to the vendors. One thing everyone wanted was a woven bracelet, made in less than 5 min. right in front of us. You could tell them the words and the colors you wanted...Q10. about 1.20 US. Here's Steve's and a few shots of the kids and Denise watching the ladies work their magic.