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... came to live there, including a strong British influence. It was also the commercial and cultural capital of Chile.
But with the limited flat land around the port taken up with trading / port administration activities, the wealthier residents of Valparaiso went around the headland to find flat land for their large residences / castles and to take advantage of the beaches of what became Vina del Mar. Today the two cities and distinctly different, run ...
was to check out the other highlights of Valparaiso. We walked along Avenue
Alemania which gives you great views of the harbour all the way along. Fortunately
the walk along this avenue is fairly flat. We then headed down to the former
prison which is now a free cultural space. It has been well set up blending the
remains of the old prison and a ...
... bottom of the stairs was the Alta Mira craft brewery, which we didn't have time to visit but recorded the location on the map for a future visit.
Cunning Street was next on the list, it's a party street full of bars and cheap places to eat. Cafe Domino was pointed out because it is supposed to have the cheapest and the best 'Chorrillana' in Valpo. Chorrillana is typical Chilean dish of chips (french fries) covered in beef slices, sausage, onions and fried ...
... 11th) when democratically elected, socialist president Salvador Allende was ousted by the militia. The coup was lead by none other than Augosto Pinochet, with the support of his right wing neighbours and ofcourse the USA, without which no Cold War story would be complete.
Allende, after telling Pinochet to stick his offer of freedom and safety in exchange for rule over Chile, made a gallant farewell speech over the radio, and ...
... traditional Chilean dishes. We met with Boris, our teacher, who was just brilliant the whole way through. He took us shopping in the market, then gave us a wine tasting lesson, and then we all prepared a four course meal together. It was amazing. We made Pino Empanadas which we love and our dinner was so tasty. Boris is just about to publish a cooking book in England so we definitely must buy and cook everything!! When we ...