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Jun 20, 2015 - A Bus Journey to Remember...

This bus journey was one I'll remember for a long time. We boarded the bus on time and got given pillow and blanket - after reading a bit of my book, we settled down to get some sleep. After an hour later the bus stopped I just presumed it was due to the driver needing some rest and dosed back to sleep. Some 2 hours later we were still there and Sophie whispered to me we have been here hours. I then couldn't sleep, I was freezing as the engine had been off for hours and I realised we were in the middle of no where and the bus men had...

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Jun 19, 2015 - To the Seaside in La Serena

Well we were warned the buses in South America aren't always the most reliable with timings and today was our first experience of that a nice 1 hour late our bus arrived. The Chilean people are not what I thought they would be like at all in terms of looks, many look like they are from all different cultures and backgrounds. They seem to be really lovely and helpful, but thank goodness I have Sophie - South America is not a place to come if you don't speak a word of Spanish, as they speak no English. I didn't know what to expect from Chile...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Santiago to La Serena, Chile

Sunday 6th July 2014 Santiago to La Serena, Chile We had breakfast in the hotel today, then out to the supermarket to buy some snacks for the bus ride today. We left the hotel in taxis to go to the main Santiago bus station and caught the 11:40am bus north to La Serena, a coastal town about 450-500km north of Santiago. Once we left Santiago and the snow capped mountains in the distance, we drove through mainly hilly and beautiful countryside for about 6 and a half hours until we arrived at the bus station in La Serena, an old city that was...

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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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