08.05.2013 - 08.05.2013
Day 47- Friday 19.4.13
Pack up the appartment and set off to the bus station for seaside town of Valparaiso. Buy our tickets ok. Find our bus. Journey takes about 2 hours and as we approach it starts to rain! Can't believe it. It is baking hot in Santiago and raining here!
Find our b&b which is down a very dodgy looking street and ring the bell. Wait, wait, wait, until a guy across the road pokes his head out of the window saying he will be 2 mins. We are very confused. It turns out Boris is receptionist and cook at the cooking school across the road.
Head out to explore Valpariso.
Not what we were expecting. A big port town, some amazing buildings, with lots of artworks, lots of hills, but all very run down and a bit shabby. Interesting place.
Head back to b&b to get ready for dinner. Get some recommendations from Boris of a bar and a restaurant to go to on constitution hill.
We find the bar- 40 Pisco. Which serves Pisco in 40 different ways. I have a Pisco sour and Laurence has a house recommendation. It comes with celery and all sorts in it, but very nice. We are the only people there apart from a couple of blokes who are interviewing what looks like the owner. They then get out a camera and start doing a photo shoot- all very odd. After about an hour I ask them what magazine they are working for- an American publication called AFAR, a travel mag. If anyone sees it look out for an article on Pisco bar in Valpariso!
We head to Boris's recommended restaurant. A neuvo cuisine kind of a place. Nice twists on local food.
We then get a Collectiveo home! Which is a type of taxi that you flag down that goes a certain route but only costs 500 pesos! Bargin! (Cross between a bus and a taxi) And you can be in it with total strangers also going in the same direction. A great night in Valparaiso.
Day 48- Saturday 20.4.13
What a special day- Holly and Toms wedding! We are very sad to be missing it but will be thinking of them today on their amazing day.
The weather has turned for us and it is a glorious sunny hot day.
We head into town for the free walking tour recommended to us by Boris.
A really informative tour seeing the main areas of Valpariso. Cerro Conception/ Cerro Alegre/ financial area/ port area.
Have lunch at a cafe near the b&b on the terrace overlooking the town.
Then we decide to head to Vina Del Mar just up the coast on the train for the afternoon. A bit more of a sea side town, but still not quite what we were expecting. Hang out on the sea front for a bit. There are loads of horses and carriages that you can catch up and down the promenade, but every time one comes near we steer clear as Loll is allergic to horses!
We then head back on the train to b&b wondering what to do for dinner. There is an Austrian couple also staying in the b&b and are ordering pizza- what a good idea. So we order one too. Boris and his mum are just finishing theirs, we all have a drink and chat and pizza. A lovely evening.
Day 49- Sunday 21.4.13
We are going to celebrate our 3rd year wedding anniversary today (it is actually on 23.4)
What a lovely day. We decide to get the bus to Isla Negra to see Pablo Neruda's house there. Amazing little spot on the coast.
Did the tour of his house which is a cross between a boat and a train with many amazing artefacts collected and displayed.
We then had a great fish lunch right on the shore line over looking the bay in glorious sunshine. What a lovely way to celebrate our 3 years!
We then catch the bus back, luckily we only have to wait for 5 mins, but flag it down from a stop in the middle of nowhere.
We manage to find somewhere for dinner on conception hill as most of Valparaiso seems to be shut on Sunday eve. Quite refreshing from coming from UK where everything is always open!
We have had a lovely time in Valpo, and a lot to do with Boris and his recommendations. Thanks Boris!