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Feb 14, 2013 - Vina del Mar

Contrary to what the name of the city might indicate, we did not go there for wine tasting. We wanted to, but then had more urgent things to take care of, like get a camera fixed. It so happened that Petra's lens cover did not close properly anymore on her camera. So we had to get it fixed or resort to some more drastic measures, like remove the pieces by force or possibly get a new camera. Needless to say that we got it fixed in one afternoon for the total price of about $18. Now that is service. In the meantime we had to check out the...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Jan 27, 2013 - Whimsical Valparaiso - a photographer's delight

Little did I know that we had saved the best for last! Valparaiso is a quirky, charming city built on hills (Cerro is the Spanish word for hills), 42 hills to be precise. The historic centre and two of the hills (Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepion) have been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Our hotel is on Cerro Alegre which is right next to Cerro Concepcion, so we spent a whole day wandering through this historic area. You may be wondering why it earned world heritage site listing. Valparaiso was first settled in 1542 and the...

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Jan 23, 2013 - Valparaiso, Chile

Today was our first real wine-tasting day. We had arranged for a local guide before we left the states and were set up to visit several wineries, have lunch at a local restaurant (by local we mean where locals go, not touristas), and get a feel for the general area around Valparaiso. The day started early since we docked at about 8:00. By 8:30 we were in the cruise terminal and met our local guide. He had planned to have us visit at least two wineries and then to show us some of the coast and downtown Valparaiso. We arrived at our first...

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Jan 9, 2013 - Here's a little world you can all join in with....

It's very simple and I hope it's new Make your own life up if you want to Any old life that you think will do.... Okay at this point in my South American adventure I got a little crazy. I'm going to blame it on poor impulse control brought on by too much time at high altitude in cold temperatures and under the stress of too much UPHILL! What I wanted though was an island, no not a high altitude lake island, a sea level tropical island perhaps one with some scuba diving available? So, through a momentary lapse in reason I booked a flight to...

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Dec 22, 2012 - Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Today was change-over day with some passengers leaving the ship in Valparaiso and others joining the next part of the cruise. The passageways have assorted luggage for collection by the stewards. We have been notified we are allocated the same cabin. This is good as we have every cupboard, draw, shelf and empty space filled. Anyway the cruise was sold to us as one cruise. Not like in the USA as two cruises. A couple of couples we sat with at dinner said they were offered incentives not to come on this cruise by the Princess line. The whole...

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Nov 18, 2012 - Rest Day, Vina Del Mar

Serviced Car in best ever facilities. I went too to take some photos. No problems with car and lunch provided! Paul and Sophie had a fright with a delaminated tyre blow out. Bus ride into Valparaiso. Dinner with Debbi and David Gault in the Hotel dining room took 3 hours! After Note: Paul has had another tyre blow out. We are very glad that he and Sophie are OK, just frightened. He has invested in four new tyres even though the end of the rally is near as he does not trust the originals.

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La Gira Andina 2012

Nov 17, 2012 - Last high Andean pass

For our last day in the high Andes of Argentina, we travelled Patchetts, Gaults and Edmund - and took a small diversion from the recommended route to take in the old Ruta de los Carricoles (Wagon trail) over the mountain north of Mendoza - rather than following through the valley with vineyards. We understood from our map and guidebook, plus a little internet research that the old road was metalled, but contained an optional 17km section of dirt road that consists of '365 bends' (actually only 270) clinging to the side of the mountain. When...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Oct 17, 2012 - Vina del Mar, Chile

Founded in 1874, Vina del Mar (Vineyard of the Sea), has its origins in a colonial hacienda whose vineyards faced the ocean. The area was transformed into a city after the 1906 earthquake compelled the elite of Valparaiso, the city next to Vina del Mar, to relocate here. It was an ideal place to build French-style garden palaces and the town became a resort for the rich. Today it is Chile’s “City of Gardens” and the place where people from Santiago spend their weekends and holidays on the shore of the Pacific Ocean about 90 miles west of...

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South America 2012

Sep 20, 2012 - Easter Island

It's sunset on Easter Island. We are sitting on a low stone wall looking down a slope towards the crashing waves of the Pacific and five huge stone statues, silhouetted in the golden light. The statues sit on a long low stone platform. Under heavy brows, their empty eye sockets stare inland. Prominent chins, thin lips, long ears; these are strange faces, stylised, yet each a bit different. One statue is missing a head, another looks vaguely alien, with almond shaped eyes and a broad, flat nose. They range in height, up to 6-7 metres, and...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Horcón

Depuis Valparaiso, nous somme allés pour une journée à Horcón, un petit village de pêcheurs à env. 2h de route. Le chauffeur de bus nous avait prévenus, il n'y a rien à faire ici en hiver. Mais, c'était quand même bien sympathique de se promener sur la plage et de voir les pêcheurs. Ils se font tirer par des chevaux pour sortir de l'eau. Les pélicans étaient ici aussi à la recherche de restes de poissons.

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Aug 4, 2012 - Valparaiso

La prochaine étape du voyage est Valparaiso, deuxième ville du Chili. Nous avons beaucoup aimé cette ville avec ses nombreuses collines (une cinquantaine) qu'il est possible de gravir à pied, en bus, ou par de petits ascenseurs ; même si durant notre séjour uniquement 3 d'entre eux étaient en fonction. En plus, c'est un paradis des couleurs, les maisons sont très colorées et les murs tout comme les escaliers sont remplis de peinture. Des artistes du monde entier viennent ici exprimer leurs talents. C'est aussi à Valparaiso que Pablo Neruda,...

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Jul 30, 2012 - Rapa Nui (île de Pâques)

Après avoir récupéré Nicole et passé deux jours avec elle à Santiago, nous voilà partis à l'île de Pâques. Et oui, cela n'était pas prévu à la base dans le programme. Mais, Nicole était bien motivée et n'a pas eu trop de peine à nous faire changer d'avis. Heureusement, car cela en a valu la peine. C'est l'île la plus éloignée de toute terre habitée. De plus, on ne connait toujours pas précisément à quelle époque remonte son peuplement ni son histoire exacte. Ses moaïs (statues) sont impressionnantes. La pierre qui a servit à leur...

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