Our last few days in Santiago were just perfect!
We rented cheap bikes and road along the river that flows right through the heart of the city. There were bike paths and parks for miles along the river and we loved seeing all the art work on the cement walls, historical statues in the parks and street vendors that lined the roads. Finally we stopped at the Bicentennial Park which was the largest Park we came across. It had huge grassy areas with umbrellas and lawn chairs setup to keep you cool and comfy! Before we set up shop there was a local street fair happening just above the park. There were tons of local jellies, breads, spreads, wines, beers, street food and crafts. I loved the casual feel and excitement everyone had as they wondered through. Tevin snagged a bottle of wine and we headed to the park to eat our picnic lunch we made and play Exploding Kittens, Tevin’s new game he brought down.
About 5 we road back dropped the bikes off and headed towards California Sports Bar. Seahawks were playing! Along the walk we stopped to see a cultural fair with crafts and food from the surrounding areas. Lots of sweet corn and fruit drinks, art work and we saw the native tribes all dressed in the traditional attire.
After an hour of walking and getting just slightly lost we found the sports bar. Football games were everywhere! Keith and Tevin were in heaven…. Haha. A table right behind these two ladies from California was open, which turned out to be the perfect spot for us. We made friends with the Seahawk loving ladies and they quickly bought us shots of tequila. Both of us happened to be heading wine tasting the next day at Cousin Macul Winery, so we made plans to meet at the vineyard at 1 and enjoy a day of wine tasting together.
After a 45 minute subway, 20 minute walk and a lot of not knowing where we were the winery appeared on the left! We were unfortunately turned away at the gate because we missed the noon tasting and the staff was at lunch….. Dang it! On the corner there was a nice coffee shop to grab a cup of joe and wait an hour for the next tasting. We emailed the girls and apologized for missing the tasting. At 3 we tried again and got into the winery. The Girls were there finishing a bottle of wine and cheese plate waiting for the next tasting. It was perfect they also missed the early one but somehow snuck in. They were hilarious as they complained about the service and being cold. This is not the American way of customers get what they want it’s more like here are the rules like it or not. The tour was so good and worth the wait. We ordered glasses of wine for the tour and then headed outside to see the massive winery. The grounds were gorgeous and sprawling, the old oak barrels were stunning and the cellars were full of character. After, we got to try 5 wines and of course we asked for more!
The Girls wanted to go to one more winery on the way home so we jumped on board with them. When we arrived it was not actually a tasting room and we couldn’t even order wine! Instead we bought wine and snacks from the super mercado and walked to there apartment for appetizers before dinner. They had a great balcony and roomy living area to relax for an hour. They busted our cigars and gave us some to take home. It was quite the treat. We all went to their favorite Thai place and shared tons of food! The Girls even treated us to dinner, they were spoiling us.
Perfect ending to Santiago!