Here in the United States, today is National Grilled Cheese Day! Whether or not the U.S. is your home country, consider celebrating by partaking of one of those classic sandwiches! And wherever you are, a happy Friday to you.
By the bye, in case you missed it, I was interviewed this week by one of my favourite travel blogs, The Lazy Travelers. If you haven’t already read that interview, please check it out!
Our featured image today comes from the Chilean capital of Santiago. The Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro is justly celebrated; but no one ever talks about the Virgin Mary statue in Santiago.
Of course, this sculpture, also known as the statue of the Immaculate Conception (Virgen de la Immaculada), is quite a bit smaller than its counterpart in Rio; it measures 14 meters in height, and stands on an 8.3-meter pedestal. But this is still a pretty cool landmark in its own right.
Built in France, the statue is believed to be a reproduction of a Roman sculpture originally designed by Luigi Poletti. It was installed in the 1920s atop Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill that rises about 880 meters above sea level and 300 meters above the rest of Santiago.
This photo was taken during my visit to South America and Easter Island in September 2010. During my stay in Santiago, Chile became the 20th country on my World Karaoke Tour!