You couldn't have asked for a prettier day.
Another blogger suggested people who attend write about it, so I decided to throw up some photos and my comments on the places I went to. My time was shortened immensely by the huge wait for the presidential Palace, where they made me throw out my new bottle of coke and asked for my ID, which I of course forgot (That didn't matter though, as they let me in anyway and I was the only person I noticed that had any trouble getting through security at all. Strange, also, that they asked for my Carnet and not ID or a passport in general. Most all of the visitors I saw up there were Chilean). I went home to grab it and drop off stuff to avoid future problems, of course which there were none and nobody else cared anyway.
Anyway, so here goes.
Stop 1: Presidential Palace
I started off the day heading straight to the Presidential Palace to wait in a gigantic line. Probably through a mix of getting my hopes up with such the long line and also having been drug around to one zillion houses, castles, and museums throughout my life...but the palace didn't quite live up to what I'd expected. Sure, it was pretty, and the view was great, but I guess it was just missing some special touches or details that would've really made me go "wow!" In fact, my biggest amusement was probably getting a chuckle out of the fact that the presidenta has a trampoline.
Stop 2: Palacio Brunet. The building itself was very pretty and interesting, with many details both inside and outside. There were little faces along the trim and gorgeous stained glass. They had a cool backyard and view as well, and a gorgeous stylized dining room. The line is actually not for this castle, but the Presidential Palace a few blocks away.
Stop 3: Palacio Baburizza in the Paseo Yugoslavo. I walked by this place a few times a day when I lived up the hill from it a couple years ago, and was ALWAYS curious. My favorite tree in Valparaiso was in front of it, and has since been cut down. But the palace was never open. Today they let people in the first few rooms. They were pretty void of things and seemingly threw together the exhibit last minute because cleaning supplies and such was strewn about the yard, but the building was great and I can't wait til everything is up and running again!
Stop 4: Antiguo Edificio de la Intendencia (actual Primera Zona Naval). This building is obviously gorgeous from the outside, and the inside as well had tons of little details. There wasn't too much to see though, and they told me to go to another museum to answer one of my questions (about horses. I never found the answer so I'll do more investigating) but when I got to the other museum there was such an information overload I didn't even remember to look.
Stop 5: Monumento a Los Heroes de Iquiqui. This is the huge statue in the Plaza Sotomayor. I didn't stay much because well... time was ticking and that statue is always there. It does interest me, though, in that it is SUCH an important statue, constantly guarded and well kept and everything, and nearly every other statue in Chile is pretty much ignored and all spraypainted over and whatnot. Someone in the navy brought this puzzling situation up to me.
Stop 6: Museo Naval y Maritimo. Actually, this museum was pretty great as far as museums go. There was a ton of information, a large variety of artifacts, paintings, scale modals, etc.. Truthfully, there was so much information I ended up just kind of browsing because my head was overloaded.
Stop 7: Museo Lord Cochrane. This museum has an excellent location, a pretty little house, great overlook and view, and a decent museum content of art. It also has an indoor inclosed patio like my dream house. (Ok so my last house had 2 gross indoor inclosed patios but I mean a pretty one like this one!)
Stop 8: Museum of Natural History.
I will admit that I actually have been slightly interested in entering here since Allie dissed it in a blogpost a while back. Now, Allie's review wasn't at all favorable, but I, on the contrary... love dead things in bottles!!
However, the museum of Natural History didn't fail to disappoint. I never even found that part. I think they may have closed some things off.
I arrived to see the collection of model boats (frankly, they were great and sometimes made of recyclable material, but like she said...totally irrelevant). Then on the inside there was a large display(advertisement?) of ... inflatable water rescue boats for the beach(?), and upstairs a quite decent photography exhibit of nude pregnant ladies. The building itself was also very beautiful...but as far as content I'd have to give it 1 on a scale of 10. 10 being great and 1 being WTF?