Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Vina del Mar

Our third day in Valparaiso we took the train to nearby Vina del Mar, Valparaiso's putatively upscale resort neighbor. We were not so impressed. It reminded us mostly of south Florida, our home, originally, including the run down parts. At least as we remember it. Oh well.
The annual summer musical festival was going on

Xmas tree

Random city/beach scenes...

Just washed up there, so they made it a hotel/restaurant

Big surf on a calm and clear day

Looking up the coast toward more of Vina del Mar

And back toward Valparaiso


City park

The sea wall is a 1/2 mile long display table of assorted crafts,
trinkets, crap

The beach, such as it is

Up the coast again; interesting how the condos are terraced
down to the sea; Inca design?

Few go in because of the harshness of the surf, the temperature
(Humboldt current) and the undoubted pollution


We stopped for a snack; Vicki really wanted to try the laminated
beef; but had an ice cream instead; not laminated

Street scene: bagged at both ends

Tagging in Vina del Mar

Raw male chicken...new culinary sensation

"Chorrillanas" is the name of the "heart attack
on a plate" dish; must remember; "Burgogne"
is the wine/strawberry drink that pairs with it

Back in Valparaiso, looking to where we've been across the bay;
and cities beyond; lots of people

Valparaiso, 2

More of Valparaiso...
Fog rolling in off the Pacific

Fleet's in

Fog really rolling in, but dissipating instantly

And the murals go on

A new one...Trump?

We had dinner at the Bote Salvavidas--a restaurant that supports
the life-saving boats of the coast; good cause, plus they had the
dish I wanted, and, plus, I got to study the harbor and its
comings and goings

A mountain of containers

A steady line of trucks to pick up the containers and speed away

It takes the grappling frame about 1 second to find and grab
and lift the container; amazing, in view of the dimensions and
weights involved; obviously high tech

My Jardin de Mariscos...razor clams, clams, mussels, oysters,
shrimp, scallops, squid, all fresh and uncooked, and a little
salmon ceviche in the middle; I nearly but didn't over-do it;
Vicki suffered through the worst steak and frites on the
continent, so far, as well as my droning on about how
fascinating the harbor was

Watching tour boats unload...$4.50 gets you a nice tour of the
harbor, up-close of the fleet, etc.; not in English, presumably

Historical pix in the restaurant of old Valparaiso

On the walk back to La Nona's

Another pretty unforgettable place