Where your eyes are always happy!

Valparaíso. I love this place. As soon as I got off the bus from Santiago and started walking, I felt energised and uplifted. There’s some kind of Old Glamour about the place, and the spring warmth and sea breeze were beautiful.

At one moment I felt I’d gone back in time…

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…then felt almost like I was in maybe London…

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…Rio…

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San Francisco (I imagine)

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Stavanger in Norway

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…Paris…

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Even Winchester!

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There is art everywhere!

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The many funicular railways weren’t working and rubbish needed collecting because the public services workers are on strike – democracy and economic stability here finally leading to people demanding better (and better-paid) services. I took an entertaining walking tour and learned a bit about the rise and fall of this port city, the architectural influences, the reasons behind the street art and the colours.

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Though I don’t know his work, I visited the quirky house of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda.

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I walked along a street high above the city to take in more amazing views and colours and look out to sea. I’d been amongst nature’s beauty for a few weeks before this, but Valparaíso reminded me that people can create beauty too, if we want to. I spent much of the three days here on my own, but really ‘with myself’ so not feeling lonely.

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The guy who owned the lovely Luna Sonrisa hostel I stayed in high on Cerro Alegre (‘Merry Hill’!) wrote the Footprint guidebook for Chile, and was a friendly chatty wealth of information! When (not if) I come back to South America, I’m sure this is where I’ll start. I would’ve loved to stay longer and do more writing in this creative inspirational place, but a flight to New Zealand was calling me loud and clear…

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