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A Santiago City Tour

After arriving in Santiago around 10am on Friday after our overnight flight from Paris we made our way to the Holiday Inn at the airport where we had a room for one night before catching our connection onwards to the Falkland Islands on Saturday morning. The first priority was to get a brief sleep and a quick shower to freshen up – 24 hours or more travelling tends to leave you feeling quite grubby!

After a couple of hours shut-eye, a good wash and a fresh set of clothes we were ready to meet up with our tour guide for a pre-arranged guided tour round Santiago. Our guide Jamie was great, giving us and insight into Chilean culture and politics as well as the history and geography of Santiago.

The first stop on the tour was Cerro San Cristobel Hill, from which we were able to see right across the city and get a sense of the scale of this huge city! Home to some 7 million people (out of Chile’s total population of 18 million!)

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After this we went into the centre of town, specifically to Plaza De Armas and the area around La Moneda (The Presidential Palace). This was great for sight seeing and confirmed everything I had read in the guide books before arriving. Santiago looks and feels very European, it would have been very easy to have convinced me that we were in any number of Spanish cities!

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The trip out was also a great chance to shoot some Street Photography. It was interesting to be in a different country and a different culture as you have to watch people more and change how you apply some of the normal Street Photography techniques to adapt to the slight changes in the way people behave.

That said I am really happy with some of the images….

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