From the dogs, horses and costumed police officers at La Moneda - was to be the treasury - to the everyday fashion of the folks at Estacion Central, Ms K and I traveled from one extreme of Santiagan life to another.
We went for a wander through Parliament House, the courtyards at least, and met with many of the very pleasant and helpful police people. After admiring the architecture, cannons, fountains and fruit trees, we headed off to see the Changing of the Guard at 11am.
It was a lovely flamboyant finish to my stay in Santiago, seeing the mounted police, the band and the foot patrols in their crisp white uniforms. Needless to say, the friendly stray dogs of Santiago got into the act as well. They ran from the procession to have a quick drink at the fountain and then back again to ensure they didn't miss out on too many photo opportunities that the crowds offered, who had turned out that day.
We hopped on the metro again - a pleasant & quick way to travel to many of the sights in Santiago, and arrived at the Estacion Central. Designed by Gustav Eiffel, the station has seen better days but it is still a hubbub of activity.