A day of tourist stuff
Trip Start Jul 05, 2005
47Trip End ??? ??, 2006
Then, I found a cobblestone street with a great view of a stripped church, kind of like the one in Sienna, Italy, though I can't remember its name right now. Took many more photos and then off to Cerro de Monserrate I went. Monserrate is a peak located in the mountain range overlooking the city. There are three ways to get up this 3160 meter peak -- teleferico(cable car), which was broken, funicular railway (the option I chose) or walk (I was way too tired by then). The ride up was pretty cool, but i kept wondering what or how I would save myself if the funicular malfunctioned. The track was really, really steep. Luckily, I didn't' have to find out. Once I got to the top, there was still some climbing to do. The path that leads to the top is surrounded by various stations of the cross. I can't name them, so please don't ask. :-) The round trip up was about $US 3.50. After checking out the view, I decided to stop at one of the restaurants, Santa Clara and have an aromatica (aromatic water) which I've become very fond of. Then, back down the funicular I went. Someone passed gas on the way down (no not me!) and it was brutal. Eventually, I made it to the bottom and then I jumped in a cab and headed home.
I'm glad I did some touristy stuff so that when you all come visit, I can tell you where to go!!!
PS Freddie and his family are fine. He's not back in Baton Rouge yet and his older brother and father are still in New Orleans, but everyone is okay. Haven't been able to get in touch with Masini, but I am hopeful that Morales will let us know!!!