Saturday, November 8, 2014

Puerto Montt, Chile

Approaching Puerto Montt by sea
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Puerto Montt is a pleasant port city. Because most cruise passengers will be traveling to Puerto Varas or Frutillar, enjoying the visits to Llanquihue Lake or the Petrohué Falls, most do not get to appreciate Puerto Montt.

Click here to linger awhile in Puerto Montt and visit the city by video.



Holland America's Veendam anchored off shore


Puerto Montt from view points traveling into the mountains.



Later I will discuss the importance of Puerto Montt as a starting point for crossing the Andes by lake and land into Bariloche, Argentina.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Returning to the Ship in Valparaiso from Santiago

The trip is very scenic--
through extensive vineyards.

(Click on photos for larger images.)










Valparaiso port 
Holland America's Veendam is on the left.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wonderful Dog from Santiago

Waiting at the bus stop, who should walk by, but a favorite of mine, a handsome Bulldog. So I hollered out, "Hola, Guapo!" and his person brought him over to meet me. (There were a lot of laughs from the others at the bus stop. I suppose they didn't think this guy was that handsome.)

This is a privileged fellow.  He has a person to look after him and a home with a comfy bed to return to at the end of his walk.

To understand better how the wonderful dogs of Santiago live, here is a blog post by Michael Turtle. The locals tell me that at least once a year, a number of vets check the dogs on the street, making sure they are healthy and have their vaccinations. I understand that a lot of apartment owners now have the provision whereby residents are allowed to "adopt" a dog for the weekend.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Santiago, Plaza de la Constitucion

Scenes from Santiago, Chile.
Plaza de la Constitution







Santiago, 1930
Andes in the background 
(Public domain)


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Valparaiso, Chile, to Santiago

The road from Valparaiso, Chile, to Santiago is an easy ride on a multi-lane highway.


Many large vineyards are located in this area.