The Mists of Spookiness

Trip Start Jun 10, 2010
Trip End Jul 31, 2010

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Yes today we traveled through the Mists of Spookiness from Santiago to Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso. Well according to Colton, they were the Mists of Spookiness.  We left Santiago at 8.15am on a Sunday morning which was great because there was zero traffic for Peter driving in our hire car which was manual (he has not driven manual for 10 years, who has!) and was a left hand drive.  Anyway, it was highway all the way, and because of the early morning and the surrounding hills there was fog or very low cloud cover, hence the Mists of Spookiness.

It was an easy run through to Vina Del Mar, after a few tunnels and some pea soup fog.  We did have our GPS which helped when we got to Vina Del Mar to find the hotel which is built on a rock outcropping right over the ocean.  They have three pools, one of which is a sea water pool, made from the rock below and has waves washing into it from time to time.  

Although it is cool here, it would be beautiful in the summer.  Chile is mostly coastline so there are lots of nice beaches and walking around Vina  Del Mar you could see why Chilean people would come here for summer holidays or have holiday apartments here.

We drove to the Naval Museum in Valparaiso which is really almost a suburb of Vina Del Mar, but that was a bit more interesting because it is so hilly here, like 20 to 30 degree hills, and the roads so narrow with very little signposting, that we almost stumbled upon the museum rather than drove directly to it.  Even the GPS can't keep track of all the little lanes so it did not help much navigating the local streets. We tried to navigate to another landmark but alas could not find it, so we ended up at The Gato Tuerto (The One Eyed Cat) restaurant which had an amazing view over the bay (most places do due to the hills) and had a very tasty lunch and a bottle of local wine.  The best part of holidays is when you can just walk around and go exploring and find great restaurants or landmarks or local places that you would not otherwise know were there. 

On the way back to the hotel I noticed a rock outcropping not far from the hotel that had a small castle built on it and there were pelicans on the rocks.  We went for a walk down there, about 300 metres down the road from the hotel, to the Castillo Wulff.  Just a small castle that used to belong to a local but is now owned by the Council as a museum. 

The boys enjoyed a swim in the indoor hotel pool in the afternoon and then tomorrow we will do some more exploring and drive back to Santiago.
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Karen Appleby on

Left hand drive manual, and little streets with GPS not working?! Aaarrgghh!!!

patrice, colin and evan on

Wow!!! What an amazing adventure yous are having and what an amazing way of keeping all your family and friends updated. We had never even heard of travel pod. All is going great in doubleview. we are so happy here. weather has not been great but we are happy once the three of us are together :) we will be looking forward to the next step of your trip. so exciting!

Mother/Gran on

Had both hands on the steering wheel there Pete - Hmmm!!??
Yeh - good thing those GPSs, hey Pete!!??
A one-eyed Cat - Hmmm - sure it was coming towards you Tarnya, or walking away!!??
Don't look at those nude painted women Peter! And don't touch the Pelicans!

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