Let’s say you find yourself in Santiago, Chile and you’ve grown tired of gorgeous colonial architecture, lush public parks and had your fill of pisco sours, here’s what I recommend you do. Hop on the subway and take the red line (Linea 1) all the way to the end. Get off at the last stop – Los Dominicos – and you will find that you’ve been whisked away from the hustle and bustle of the city to someplace a little quieter. Someplace quite special.
There, nestled in the foothills of the great Andes mountains, you will see a white church.
Pause for a minute, in the shade of towering palms, and reflect on where you are.
Do your best to resist the temptation of trees heavy with pomegranates. Just a little further now.
And there – just around the corner and through the gates – Pueblito Los Dominicos Artisan Centre.
Continue on through the gates and you will find all manner of wonders in the setting of a traditional Chilean village.
Fountains of flowers, traditional crafts, exotic birds, vintage treasures and so much more.
And if you’re lucky, you’ll even catch the artists at work – painting, carving, weaving.
This is just one magical place in a world full of handmade. In your travels, near or far, have you come across any special places full of handmade magic?
I live in Santiago but I’ve only visited Los Dominicos twice. And you’re right – it’s a magical place. Maybe I should go there more often ; )
stunningly beautiful photos — thanks for sharing them — that was a little vacation this morning! 😉
I love the way your lured us into your post with a fabulously gorgeous building! When I see a stunning picture, I have no choice but to take a peek at the next picture! lovely post… perhaps I should add this place to my list of “travel sites”
@sonia You should totally go again! It’s special and feels so different from the rest of Santiago (or at least the areas we visited.)
@la alicia Glad to have whisked you away for a few minutes!
@christine There are quite a few gorgeous buildings in Santiago! And South America in general – I’ve found it to be one of those places full of wonderful surprises like Los Dominicos!
I always love to see travel posts – gives me something to dream about. This was so fun to write. Thanks for commenting!
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