Voyage to Viña

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Palacio Vergara in the Quinta Vergara Park, Viña del Mar
Decided to have another coastal day today, took the bus to Viña del Mar, a town just up from Valparaiso.  Got in at about 10.30am and collected a map from the tourist information at the bus station.  Walked to the Quinta Vergara Park, which houses the Palacio Vergara and its museum of fine arts.  The park is lovely, very leafy and green and immaculately maitained.  The Palacio is in the middle - a Venetian style mansion built by Blanca Vergara after the one built by her parents was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.  The council now owns the mansion, and it is in wonderful condition with enormous rooms and spectacular chandeliers.  The artwork is very good, with an excellent collection of Chilean artists.  We were very impressed with the quality of the work here, will be interesting to compare it with the fine arts museum in SAntiago.
One of the rooms inside the Palacio Vergara
  We then walked back past the Club de Viña with its liveried waiters and a man polishing the brass stair rails out the front, up past the Teatro Municipal and over the PUente Villanelo to the Museo Fonck, houses in another lovely old building.  One thing about Viña - they seem to take great pride in their old buildings and most are in excellent order.  This Museum is not huge, but has a very good collection from Easter Island, along with good English explanations.  There is also a room about the Mapoche culture with lots of insects, bugs and stuffed birds and animals upstairs.  There was a temporary exhibition about shrunken heads, which explained how they actually made them.  The lips are sewn together (which wé´d noticed in the past) - this was to stop the head saying bad things about the warrior who took it!  From here, we walked right along the street until we hit the ocean, where there is a nice park and a promenade going right along the coast.
Moai outside the Museo Fonck, Viña del Mar
  Got a good view from here of the Castillo Wulff, which sits out on a bluff, the Palacio Presidencial and the Castillo Brunet.  The actual swimming beach is a litte further along, the other side of a big industrial pier.  Wandered back along Calle Valparaiso to the bus station, looking in shops and arcades as we went.  Took 2 hours to get home, because of an accident on the highway.
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Palacio Vergara in the Quinta Verg…
Palacio Vergara in the Quinta Ver…
One of the rooms inside the Palaci…
One of the rooms inside the Palac…
Moai outside the Museo Fonck, Viñ…
Moai outside the Museo Fonck, Vi…
Shrunken head from an exhibition a…
Shrunken head from an exhibition …
View of Castillo Wulff, Viña del …
View of Castillo Wulff, Viña del…
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