March 29th, 2016 / posted by paularath
Valparaiso's graffiti, like this of The Little Prince, is often adorable and artful.

Valparaiso’s graffiti, like this of The Little Prince, is often adorable and artful.

Valparaiso, Chile, was one of our favorite cities. Once again, we lucked out with an outstanding taxi driver, Pablo, who is training to be a tour guide.

It’s a colorful city, slightly reminiscent of San Francisco, with its hilly, narrow, cobbled streets and artistic vibe.

In Valparaiso, graffiti is a venerated art form. I hope the Pow Wow folks from Honolulu are able to visit Valparaiso sometime for inspiration.

Invasion!

Invasion!

It was Valentine’s Day when we arrived in Valparaiso and Pablo took us to the flower market, where Jerry bought me beautiful roses from Jardin Eliana. In broken Spanish, Jerry learned that the Eliana family has been running the flower farm for three generations.

When Jerry handed me the flowers and gave me a kiss, there was applause all around the square. Such nice people!

The top two floors of the late poet Pablo Neruda's home.

The top two floors of the late poet Pablo Neruda’s home.

My first priority was to see the late poet Pablo Neruda‘s home. He has been one of my favorite poets for years.

His home is five stories high, an architectural confection filled with passion and style. His office is on the top floor with views of the entire city. Everything has been left in place, including his typewriter and books. (Sorry, no photos were allowed inside.) It was easy to see where he got his inspiration. His foundation runs the home and gift shop seamlessly.

A flower-filled city, Valparaiso has morning glories climbing up walls everywhere.

A flower-filled city, Valparaiso has morning glories climbing up walls everywhere.

We visited a few colorful cemeteries, including an Anglican one filled with Scots, German and English names. Valparaiso has been heavily influenced by Europe.

A typical city view of hilly Valparaiso.

A typical city view of hilly Valparaiso.

Way in the distance you can see our ship, the white shape in the rear center.

Way in the distance you can see our ship, the white shape along the pier.

And old fashioned funicular, run by a single guy, takes you up and down the hill. It’s so fun – and we shared it with a Chilean family whose toddlers were having a ball.

The funicular operator at work.

The funicular operator at work.

– Paula Rath

 

 

 

 

 

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Carol
March 30th, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Love your photos that are taking your readers on a great adventure. Please keep them coming.
Carol

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