Valparaiso Vina del Mar and ?
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Iâ€™m tired tonight. Had a very interesting day. Before going out I lost yesterdayâ€™s blog into the ether so will use Word first, then copy and paste.
Last night Jose said that he was going to Valparaiso today for Mothers Day and would I like a lift there. Valparaiso was the one place that I knew that I wanted to visit outside Santiago so I was very pleased. We left around 9:30 and dropped Luis off and then started for Valparaiso. In Santiago there were people selling flowers everywhere and huge signs about Mothers Day, which is very important here. There were two tollbooths on the way, each 2.
Jose dropped me off portside with his maps, notes of where to go etc. First I walked around Prat Square where there is a monument (Heroes of the Naval Battle of Iquique) to sailors killed in some of the battles of the Pacific War of 1879. Arturo Prat was a naval commander who was killed in the war. The casualties of two of the battles are buried under the monument. Usually you can go down into the vault but it was closed for maintenance. In the Pacific War, Peru and Bolivia fought Chile, and Chile won. Consequentially Peru lost some of its southern territory, including Iquique, and Bolivia lost its access to the sea.
The fire station, Chilean Naval Building and Queen Victoria Hotel all front Prat square.
Then I walked around a bit and it was a very sad and dilapidated area and frequented by people who appeared to be very poor. I didnâ€™t feel very safe. (I realized later that this was the area that Jose had said that I should avoid) I went in a different direction and up an ascensor (funicular) to the Naval Museum area, which has one of the best views of Valparaiso. Return trip 500p AUD1.15. Later I went back down the ascensor, up another one, (100p AUD.23) and then wandered back down through the residential area to the flat. Except for a small area on the flat near the coast, Valparaiso is very hilly.
I planned to take a bus to Vina del Mar.
Got off at Vina, but only looked around the shops a bit as it was getting late.
Jose is a great host and very helpful. Unit is very close to metro and city area. Like many apartments and houses, has high fence around it and 24 hour security at front desk. Jose has wifi which has been excellent for me. Pickup from airport by Taxi Aeroriente (13,000 pesos), can be arranged by Jose.
Dogs still make me sad L. Weather has been excellent. Sunny t-shirt weather during day but cold at night. I was wished happy Mothers Day by more than one person. Buses charge 130p for students and 150p for private school students. I like Chilean red wine.
Things Iâ€™m glad that I brought: Laptop, facewasher, little led light for next to bed, clothesline with suction caps.