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... Mar, chosen by Henk.
While in Renaca having lunch one day, we met a wonderful Argentine family. The daughter spoke beautiful English and helped us with the menu. She gave us her email and cell phone number if our travels took us to their hometown of Mendoza, Argentina, the wine capital. Such nice people!
On another day, we enjoyed lunch in Vina del Mar at a local restaurant. A family sitting beside us heard us ...
... date, which claimed 12 lives and left at least 11 000 homeless. After having seen the mess that is Valpo's electric cables, the source of the town's frequent fires is no mystery.
Drastically different to Valpo is its neighbouring city, Viņa del Mar. The upperclass beach town of Chile. No graffiti or dog poop here. But not much for the wandering tourist to see or do either. Having recently taken the decision to purchase some running shoes ...
... and swallow. First stop Emiliana, a biodynamic producer in the Casablanca Valley. Casablanca has a micro climate which involves morning fogs and a cooler climate. In fact the valley has three climates each with it's own characteristics and the harvest here can be two to three weeks difference between these. This area has particular interest for white wines and I was also hoping for some Syrah. We were evangelised into the Biodynamic culture ...
... this mad and busy town. We rather prefer Valpariso, which is the busy and historic port of central Chile and just a 50 cent ride away. Great-granpapa Bertie built his railway all the way to this port and we were pleased to see traces of the old railway still there. Now there is a modern metro that runs from Vista Hermosa right into the port. Once in Valpariso, we discovered the Ascensors (funiculars) which whisk (well, rumble in a rather rickety and scary ...
... meeting the owner and benefitting from their local knowledge.
The apartment is spacious and full of character. The building a stately 4 storey mansion built at the turn of the 20th century, likely by European merchants. The European influences and design are obvious. Now 8 apartments, 2 per floor, with a central stair and a 1940s style lift. While told to be quiet for the neighbours, the kids can barely hide their excitement. Twelve ...
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