|Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on November 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM|
We arrived in Santiago about 9:55am on Saturday 3rd after departing Sydney at 11:30am the same day.....the international date line sure makes things interesting. By the time we arrived at the Ritz Carlton hotel it was bordering on 2:30AM back home so we were both stuffed. A quick shower then a snooze for a couple of hours had us feeling a lot better by late afternoon which enabled us to wander around the area near our hotel. Unfortunately it was a long weekend in Santiago which meant there was nothing open! As the temperature was around 30C it was extremely pleasant wandering the streets.
The Ritz Carlton was absolutely fabulous & the staff couldn't have been more helpful.
When we arrived at the Park Royal, Melbourne airport on Friday evening we wandered over to the airport to catch up briefly with Lynette's niece (Lauren) & whilst there I grabbed a pair of Scholl heel guards for my shoes ...... They felt a little loose. Well huge mistake.....between the airport & hotel (about 200 metres, if that) I developed blisters on both heels. As my other shoes were packed I removed the heel grips for the flight only to discover that by the time we arrived at the Ritz Carlton the blisters had not only developed further but had now burst, to the point of the skin coming away on both heels totally. Bloody chemo stuffs my bodies normal responses & everything is worse than it should be! Anyway, upshot was we needed to get the hotel first aid officer to bandage & disinfect my heels.
This problem made walking quite difficult for our City highlights tour the following morning but there was no way I was missing it so it was on with thongs! Both of us were glad we persevered & did the tour as I said earlier, Santiago is a beautiful city to visit & we wish we'd had more time there.
So now it's onto to Lime, Peru for the official start of our Scenic Tour.
Categories: 2012 - South America