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Jan 23, 2014 - Sea days and Coquimbo, Chile

Monday/Tuesday 20/21 January Days 20/21 - Sea Days on the way to Coquimbo, Chile We had a later start and we've both put on weight - not a lot but it's back to protein and veggies for a couple of days! I still had a fair amount of discomfort in my shoulder and neck which wasn't surprising but a swim and hot tub sorted that out. John is still walking around the deck several times and doing his Pilates. Again we got into the routine of shipboard life. I sing in the mornings with the choir and although it's not that great, the Musical Director...

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Mar 23, 2013 - Drive up Elqui Valley

Drove up Elqui Valley to Vicunia and Gabriella Mistral's village. Incredible valley contrasting dry cactus covered mountains with green agricultural land, growing grape vines and avocados on extremely steep slopes. Visited Pisco Distillery ....enjoyed tastings then lunch in quaint restaurant on hillside. Very warm day in the valley. Walk4ed around numerous villages. Relaxed back at Hotel with excellent dinner and sorted photos. The end is...

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Mar 22, 2013 - Flight to La Serena

Early morning walk along waterfront. Short flight to La Serena Wandered the city admiring 200-300yr old buildings. Found great vegetarian/gluten free cafe for late lunch. Had worst meal ever for late dinner. Nearing the end. ************************************************************************************************************************ Early morning stroll along Antofagasta waterfront. City is very elongated between steep coastal range and the ocean. Warning signs about tsunami risk along coast. Picked up and transferred to...

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Mar 12, 2013 - At Sea (2 days)

March 12, 2013 At sea. We had a nice leisure day, tonight is formal dress night with a Champaign fountain and chamber music in the piazza. The weather is getting warmer as we head north. March 13, 2013 At sea Another leisure day at sea. I have been getting up early to exercise. These late night 4 course meals are taking their toll. My body is beginning to take on the Ables male physique (think budda). The gym is packed in the mornings so I have been walking the promenade deck. One loop is 1800 feet so I figure I walk about 3 miles in about...

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Mar 11, 2013 - Coquimbo and La Serena Chile

March 11 Coquimbo and La Serena Chile Coquimbo lies to the south of a crescent shaped bay with a narrow opening that leads to the Pacific Ocean. At the north end is the town of La Serena. The land rises fairly quickly from the bay so the houses are terraced up the sides of the hills that ring the bay. The ship docked parallel to the shore about 5 am this morning. From our balcony on the starboard side, we had a great view of Coquimbo. Unfortunately it was overcast and somewhat cool in the morning. We had a halve-day city tour scheduled for...

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Jan 22, 2013 - Piscoleros unite!

Interesting day today. We became Piscoleros! The highlight of our day was a trip to the Elqui Valley and a Pisco distillery. Pisco is the national drink of Chile – but don’t tell that to the Peruvians, they think they own Pisco. Pisco is the distilled spirit of Pisco wine. Let’s see, wine typically has about 12%-15% alcohol. Table wine is really just grape juice that has been injected with yeasts and allowed to ferment. The fermentation process converts the sugar in the grape juice to alcohol and, voila, you have wine. In the case of the...

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Dec 21, 2012 - Coquimbo, La Serena, Elqui Valley

Very few passengers have a full nights sleep due to the rough seas. Some waves hit the ship so hard it would wake you up. This is the last day for some of our fellow passengers who will disembark in Valpariso tomorrow. Continuation cards have been issued to those staying on, and we have progressed from Gold to Platinum membership which is 5 or more cruises or more than 50 days at sea on vessels of the Princess Line. I think it means you are targeted more often for drinks, photographs and stuff. We travelled by bus to La Serena then up the...

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Jul 22, 2012 - La Serena, Valle del Elqui

Hahaha on vous a bien eus ! On voulait tester votre perspicacité et tout le monde est tombé dans le piège :-) quand on ne vous dit pas de chercher Gilbette, vous ne la voyez pas, personne ne l'a aperçue à San Pedro ! Notre dernier arrêt avant d'arriver à Santiago était La Serena d'où nous sommes partis pour Pisco Elqui dans la Valle del Elqui. A notre arrivée à La Serena, nous étions un peu déçus, car nous étions sous le brouillard. Mais c'est normal sur la côte car c'est lié à l'évaporation de l'eau de mer et nous avons quand même eu du...

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Mar 4, 2012 - Coquimbo & La Serena, Chile

Today we decided to take the ship’s shuttle bus from the port town of Coquimbo, Chile to the town of La Serena, Chile. This is about a 25 minute ride and we were dropped in the town square. It is Sunday so most of the traditional retail shops are closed. However, the craft market is open for part of the day mainly because our ship is in town. These ports do not get cruises ships every week. Mostly they have a season where the ships are transitioning from one part of the world to another and there will be a few ships here and there over the...

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May 9, 2011 - Cycling 25km (I think)

So today has been really fun. The majority of our group went on a day trip to the Elqui Valley, however, it was rather expènsive so I along with two others (Jonny and Braidon) decided to hire bikes for the day. We cycled from La Serena to Coquimbo. Google maps claims this was only 5km (straightest route), however, we are all positive it was about 25km. Our route took us through heavy traffic at the beginning. This was very scary as I have not ridden on roads in about 15 years (Mummy, I did wear a helmet). Then we had a pleasant 5km ride...

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May 9, 2011 - Stargazing

Last night was spectacular. We all travelled to Mamalluca Observatory, about an hour away from La Serena. There we spent three hours looking at the stars and planets through a series of telescopes. The astronomer who took us around was excellent and gave us a very good and complex lecture on constellations, dark matter, the universe etc. I got to view the Moon and Saturn through scientific telescopes and I even got to see the Southern Cross, a constellation only visible from the Southern Hemisphere. At the end, she showed us this...

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May 8, 2011 - The best bus ride ever

I spent today travelling between Santiago and La Serena. The bus was better than anything I´ve ever been on in England. You get provided with blankets and pillows and the seats recline into beds! Had the Notebook on in the background. Amazing. The scenery was beautiful, mountains everywhere. In La Serena now. It is a pretty seaside town with lots of colonial architecture. We walked about a bit, had dinner and were going to go to an observatory (apparently this is one of the best places in the world to see the stars!) However, it is too...

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