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  • Day47

    Easter Island/イースター島

    February 16 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    I couldn't have asked for a better day to fulfill my lifelong dream of seeing these incredible statues with my own eyes. It was perfect weather--sunny and warm.
    The Moai are amazing! I was overwhelmed with emotions.
    今日は僕の人生の中に一つの夢を叶えました。つまり、モアイ像を自分自身の目で見ることです。今日は晴れていて、暖かかったので、モアイ像を見るために最高のお天気でした!モアイ像はやはり凄いなぁと思いました。感動しました。
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  • Day48

    Pâques le 21 février

    February 21 in Chile ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Passons rapidement sur un très bon spectacle hier au soir. Un mime comique, plein de trouvailles, d'humour et de tendresse. Ca, c'est fait.

    Pour le reste, deux grands épisodes: le premier que je qualifierais trivialement de merdique, le second que je qualifierais tout simplement de super.

    Le premier: hier au soir, à 22h, on nous annonce sur le journal de bord qu'il faut prendre des tickets entre 8h et 9h, avant de monter dans les chaloupes ce matin. Première nouvelle. Je descends à l'Information où on me dit que c'est bien ça et que nous n'aurons pas de problème pour débarquer à temps pour notre RV. Admettons. Ce matin, 7h30, nous sommes au point billets. Il n'y a plus de chaloupe disponible avant point d'heure. « comment celà? » m'écriais-je très surpris, « la distribution devait commencer à 8h!? », et l'officier italien de m'expliquer qu'en fait ils avaient commencé plus tôt parce que plein de passagers étaient déjà là à 6h30! Alors, mon sang ne fait qu'un tour, celui de Marie aussi, (ça fait deux tours...), et nous voilà partis à ameuter d'autres passagers également dans notre cas. Pour faire court, une fois de plus ils ont merdé grave, tant et si bien que nous avons grugé tout le monde et sommes sortis en douce avec la chaloupe des « prioritaires » (NDLR: les pistonnés VIP!).

    Puis, après un retour au calme, nous avons débarqués par une mer fort agitée qui nous a d'ailleurs valu beaucoup de retard. Néanmoins, nous avons retrouvé notre guide spécial VIP (NDLR: pour une fois c'était nous!) et avons entamé une journée de visite.

    Une ville aux allures tropicales très accueillante et très vite, des routes en très piteux état qui nous ont conduits, avec Kéta au volant, sur de superbes sites avec pleins de moais. D'abord 7 au bord du pacifique le long d'une très jolie plage. Paysage de carte postale. Puis les fameux 15, puis la carrière où étaient fabriquées ces énormes statues.

    Là, c'était encore plus super car il s'est mis à pleuvoir. Même les bretons auraient été étonnés de la quantité d'eau qui nous est tombée sur la tête. Trempés comme des soupes, nous avons déjeuné sur place, face à la carrière et aux dizaines de moais encore sur place. C'est aussi bluffant qu'on le dit.

    Puis encore quelques sites avec des statues (en même temps, on est là pour ça) et un tour en ville pour trouver les magnets traditionnels et s'imprégner au maximum de cet endroit très agréable. En revanche, ne cherchez pas Parly 2, ils ne sont pas encore à la consommation de masse.
    Retour au bateau par la chaloupe en bravant les rouleaux qui font quand même un peu flipper.

    Et maintenant que je suis rétabli, voilà-t-y pas que Marie a l'air de replonger. C'est vraiment une plaie cette clim. Bonne nuit les petits (NDLR: les grands aussi!).
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  • Day16

    Papudo

    March 12 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Papudo - schon allein der Name zergeht auf der Zunge. Und die Empanadas, die wir hier gegessen haben ebenso!
    Im kleinen Banana sitzen wir direkt am Strand, unter unserer Terrasse werden die frisch gefangenen/gelieferten Fische zerlegt. Das erklärt auch das Gekreische und Getue der Vögelschar hier! Die holen sich ihre Happen hier einfach ab "fish to go" sozusagen.

    Ein wunderschöner Platz - und die Sonne strahlt vom Himmel!
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  • Day11

    Day 8 - Coast and Inland

    January 6, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    The day dawned overcast but our host said it would clear up after noon. A continental breakfast and directions saw us on the way to find a camera. We dropped Gail's camera flying up to the Atacama and she found a Canon dealer in the sister city of Vina del Mar on the other side of the harbor. This turned out to be closed on Saturday but asking got me directions to a large mall. The mall was several floors of gleaming, modern shops and we found a slightly newer model of the same camera and bought it (at a slightly cheaper price than what we'd paid for the old one).

    We drove up the coast to see the beaches. Getting out of Vina del Mar involved lots of turns to get past the rivers that flow into the harbor and the road was busy with locals heading the same way. We were disappointed as we discovered the road stayed somewhat inland behind huge dunes (70 to 100 feet high) by the shore. The two-lane road lead through highly industrialized suburbs with oil refineries, metal fabrication factories and processing plants. Traffic moved well after a delay for some construction but it was a good hour before we left the industrial area and neared the coast. Like the weather, the road reminded us of coastal northern California as it wound up and down curving roads following the stream valleys in and out. There are several large beach communities and many Chileans have or rent summer cottages along here, including some exclusive gated developments. We parked at the square of the northernmost town, Papudo, and strolled around the square and down to the beach. The strand was crowded with weekend visitors camped on the beach under umbrellas and walking the cement boardwalks. Along the boardwalks small shops sold beachwear and toys while pushcart vendors sold peanuts, candy and more toys. In one place, a group of Caribbeans (?) played music and danced with enthusiasm to celebrate the weekend. We stopped at a beachside restaurant to share a delicious ceviche as we people watched.

    Rather than return the same way, we drove inland and took a freeway south. The weather had cleared up and a hazy sun accompanied us back. The freeway passed through mildly farmed valleys until we turned back to the coast at La Calera. The broad valley between there and the coast was heavily farmed with fields of vegetables and fruit trees spread across the valley and climbed the hillsides. We made our way through the maze of Valparaiso cobblestone streets back to our hotel.

    In the early evening (around 8:00, early for the locals), we strolled around the blocks near the hotel looking at the street art and small shops. In the area are numerous small hotels and hostels and foreign and Chilean tourists were doing the strolling. We liked the bistro from last night (Vinilo) so much that we went back again. Over an hour and a half we sipped a huge beer and shared some dishes from the menu while a lone guitarist play a couple acoustic numbers and then the night's main band set up. The wait staff remembered us from last night and chatted with us as they served others. We asked for recommendations on Chilean dishes to sample. We had a Pauela de Choclo that we'd seen last night. This is a baked casserole served bubbling hot from the oven consisting of the large-kernnel, white corn (choclo) with olives, onions, green peppers, egg and cheese - great! Then a Churasca, which turned out to be a thin crust pizza but with local cheese and meat. We topped it off with a brownie with ice cream as the jazz trio began to play. Back at the hotel, we let the meal settle and bedded.

    Tomorrow to the cruise ship.
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  • Day12

    Day 9 - On Board

    January 7, 2019 in Chile ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    The day dawned brightly for leaving Valparaiso. We had breakfast and left the hotel. A wrong turn led us up into the hills trying to find the road to Santiago but cranking up the GPS got us on track. We drove up through the Casablanca valley and into Santiago to drop off the rental car and meet our driver for the hour an a half trip to San Antonio. That drive took us through a very productive region with vegetable and fruit farms interspersed with cattle ranches. The port of San Antonio is relatively small but busy and crowded. Checkin for the cruise is much like checking in to a flight - just a lot more people (think checking in 3,000 passengers). Still, we completed the process in little over an hour and we in our stateroom by about 3:30. We unpacked then attended the mandatory evacuation drill.

    The Celebrity Eclipse is a huge boat. At almost 1,100 feet, it's three football fields (including end zones) long and 120 feet wide. It has 15 decks and holds 2,850 passengers. Walking around you can hear many languages but most programs and announcements are in English. Some announcements are also in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

    The ship sailed at 6:00 and we watched from our stateroom veranda. The San Antonio port is narrow and the ship had a pilot boat and a tugboat to help it clear the quays. As we pulled our, several small tourist boats filled with people came our to watch.

    Once underway, we attended a comedy show by an American, black comic, Daran Howard. He was ok but some of the references to black culture went over the heads of the international audience. We cruised south staying about a mile off the coast. We had a late (8:30) seating for dinner and waited to be seated with 1,000 other people. Our table mates (for the entire trip) were a couple from Germany and a couple from Lodi, CA. Hans, the German man, had been in the merchant marine and remarked on how skillfully the captain had handled the exit from the narrow harbor. Fred, the California man, turned out to be a civil engineer, like me, and Hans was a mechanical engineer. Fred's wife, Silvia, was originally from Peru but had been a teacher in the states, as had been Gail. Didn't learn what Hotie, Hans' wife, did.

    Dinner and our conversations lasted until 10:30 so we so called it a day.
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  • Day51

    Über die Anden...

    December 21, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    ...geht es ein letztes Mal mit dem Bus von Mendoza nach Santiago de Chile. Hier sind die Berge viel schroffer als im Norden und Lifte deuten darauf hin, das man hier im Winter (August) Skifahren kann.

  • Day25

    Robinson Crusoe Island

    February 17 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    A rough night on the South Pacific Ocean brought us to Robinson Crusoe Island this morning. As we are headed in the direction of French Polynesia, I expected a lush, palm tree swaying, sandy beach island. What we saw was far from that description. The island is a bit of volcanic rock with jagged peaks, evergreen trees and a rocky coast. It is remote and formidable by description, but the 800 people who live here were warm and welcoming. There are only about 1500 people who visit here each year due to the remoteness of the island and lack of amenities for people on holiday.
    Alexander Selkirk was marooned here in the early 1700’s and his story inspired Defoes novel Robinson Crusoe. Selkirk was a troublesome Scot who got fed up with the ship he was sailing on. The captain had also had enough of Selkirk so they left him behind to fend for himself. He may have made a good decision since the ship he had been on sank soon after. About half the men died and the other half were rescued by a Spanish ship and imprisoned. Selkirk was rescued 4 years and 4 months after his arrival on the island.
    The German battleship “Dresden” sank in this bay in 1915 during WWI. It was hiding out when 3 English ships discovered it and attacked from
    all sides.
    An 8.8 earthquake occurred quite close by in 2010 and the resulting 10’ tsunami wiped out most of the town. A 12 year-old girl saw the ocean receding and warned people. Because of her awareness of what was happening and quick reaction, only 12 lives were lost in the disaster.
    We spent a nice day here, met lots of dogs and had a good conversation with Angelo, one of 15 police officers on the island. He is almost finished with a 5 year stint on the island and will head back home to Valparaíso next month. We also were able to observe the firecrown hummingbird-Robinson Crusoe Island is the only place it exists.
    132 plants are endemic to the island.
    We spent time stretching our legs as we will be at sea the next 4 days as we head toward Easter Island.
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  • Day19

    Valparaiso, Chile

    January 22, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Wow. This was a handful. Valparaiso was a plethora of color, mouth-watering food smells, graffiti, noise, litter (no, garbage), the most beautiful fruits and vegetables I’ve ever seen, cold mornings, hot afternoons, dogs (everywhere) and a feeling of a place that has multiple layers of life.
    It has been the home of many artists, poets and writers. It is clearly a place that promotes free expression. There is graffiti everywhere that intermittently transitions to beautiful, colorful murals. There are mosaics imbedded in the thousands of stairs that climb from the waterfront up into the neighborhoods that are filled with candy-colored houses. Walking along, you find many artistic expressions that are totally made of recycled or found objects.
    It is a city that has had it’s share of problems. It is in the earthquake zone, which is evident in some of the older, very elegant buildings that now sport crumbling facades. They also suffered some difficult economic times when the Panama Canal opened and they no longer enjoyed the commerce that being a major port for ships coming around Cape Horn brought.
    Valparaiso is also quite near the Casablanca Valley which is one of Chile’s main wine-producing regions.
    We had the opportunity to visit a couple of wineries and do some wine-tasting. One of the wineries said they produced 1,000,000 bottles a year, yet they are considered a boutique winery. The climate here is somewhere between that of California and France which makes it an ideal place for growing grapes.
    Jeff and I also sampled some very typical Chilean foods. Empanadas with shrimp and cheese, a pie that had beef, chicken, black olives, raisins and a cornbread topping, and something called a “completo”. A completo is a hot dog (?) on a bun that has fresh tomatoes, sauerkraut, mayonnaise and avocado. McDonalds came to Valparaiso, but only lasted a year before moving out. Turns out the people liked both the taste and the price of their completo better.
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  • Day60

    Drunk Beach Day

    May 15 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    The weather changed from bitter cold to sweet sunshine all day with a beautiful blue sky.
    So we decided to go to the beach 🏖️

    Mariel and Bugra went first and bought some beers, the rest caught up later with lunch.
    On our way, we bought a tequila bottle and took some cans of soda water with us.

    First we eat our chicken and vegetables at the beach, afterwards the girls went for a quick jump into the (still ass cold) ocean 🌊🌊🌊

    We drank the tequila, watched the sunset and even saw a japanese space station 🤔🙄 (not a 100% sure tho)

    At one moment I was so tipsy that I attacked Mariel. Definetly a bad decision, since she grew up with 2 brothers and knows how to defend herself 😵😂😂😂

    My bad - the beach fight was fun tho 🧡
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  • Day59

    BBQ with dance party

    May 14 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    I like our BBQs outside on the terrace, especially when the weather is nice & the mood is right! 🥳

    Tonight we had delicious meat, prepared by Bugra on the grill and afterwards stayed a little bit on the terrace to talk, dance and drink.

    The cats Luna and Hermano are always around ... these little cuddle balls 😸😸
    Well, Hermano got a wet ass lately, so we kinda keep him on distance 🙄

    It's so cute how in particular Luna tries to sit on our laps, when we sit outside playing Blackjack, Cards Against Humanity or just chat about life in general. 😋
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Región de Valparaíso, Region de Valparaiso, Valparaíso

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