A colourful town
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Found that there was a train line that had just been operating for about 2-3 weeks which headed north from Valparaiso so decided to take a ride to see what there was to see. It was clean, cheap and ultra modern. The countryside took us through mountains and many villages. Once we reached the end of the line we headed back to Vina del Mar and disembarked to walk along the seafront. Took a pony and trap ride which cost us about $AUS12 which showed us a bit of the city and most of the seafront. Set off and found the Fonck Museum and wandered through displays showing the origins of the Mapauche People and those form the Easter Islands.
Returned to Valparaiso by the train and worked out that is cost us about $AUS2 each.
Our guide took us through the Senators area - 19 regions electing 38 Senators. The Deputies number 48 and we went into their entrance area which had a huge carved hand which represented voting. At the rear of the room there was a panel of raw copper which denotes that it is the deputy Senators who begin the process of legislation while the Senator's room has polished panels of copper signifying the finalisation of the democratic legislation.
In a market we found baseball cap for dogs so bought a blue one for Tia. It is so hot in summer that she might be glad of it! Perhaps she will wear it backwards when she just wants to hang out with the neighbourhood dogs to look 'cool'! The trip home took us through a landscape of thorny bushes, eucalypts, wattles, vineyards, olive plantations, shacks with their vegetable plots. On the highway at a bus stop a guy asks permission from the driver to board where he tries to sell his sweets from a basket to the passengers. He gets off at the next tollway stop to catch another vehicle headed back in the direction he came from.