Having posted a number of times of my travels and adventures overseas, particularly Chile South America, I have made a point of talking on my pleasure of taking photographs of everything that appears before my lens, now in a lot of countries, Chile included, one must be very careful what is photographed, Government buildings, certain local cultural traits and many other situations a tourist may come across, such as local social disharmony. I must admit I have surreptitiously taken some of these types of photographs but keep them for personal records. But in this post I want to share with you the extent of my pleasures in exploring a city in depth, in this case the beautiful harbor port of Valparaiso. Looking through my pictures from last year’s adventure, I realized just how much territory I had covered. Now in a foreign city, and especially one as beautiful and flamboyant as Valparaiso, there is not a back street, a building or monument that I must see, in Valparaiso some of the streets are way off the tourist trail, and it is vital that you are accompanied by a local, in one of our late evening tours into the back streets high in the hills of Valparaiso, we were fortunate to have a family member as our driver, even so we found it quite uncomfortable, an unknown car in a local street does appear out of the normal and does draw attention. One doesn’t stop. But back to my story, I love photographing everything I see and also revisit the same places again for two reasons, one being to capture what I missed in the first visit, and secondly to hope my photographic skills have improved. Now in these two following pictures I will demonstrate the coincidental diversity of my touring around Valparaiso.
The first picture was taken high from the top one of the 43 hills that surrounds the Valparaiso harbor. It was New Years Eve 2015, we were guests of a family friend of Ana’s, the evening was predicted to be a spectacular event, The Valparaiso New Years Fireworks, these fireworks are renowned as the most spectacular in the world, and they were no disappointment, people actually move up into the hills for the display, the whole coastline erupts at midnight into one massive display of colourful fireworks right along the coastline that goes for miles, synchronized and spectacular. But I am definitely straying from the story line of this post. It was early afternoon that I took some photographs of the great Valparaiso from our friends house overlooking the harbor, I focused on the Chilean Parliament house in Central Valparaiso, the first picture, as you will see in comparison to all the other high rise buildings around it, we were extremely high up in the hills. Now to the comparison with my other picture, the second one. This was taken on a boat trip around the harbor, I photographed from every angle, and now looking over my pictures, I notice that I have again taken the picture of Parliament House from the seaward side. Looking back, that is quite a distance from the hills of Valparaiso to Parliament House, and also quite a distance from the Sea to Parliament House, I have inadvertently photographed both the front and back of Parliament House. Such are the joys of exploring a beautiful overseas City. In two trips to Valparaiso I have covered much ground and look forward to revisiting later this year. I have not yet earned the title of a Local, but still remain a Gringo for the time being.Click on the pics to enlarge.
One of the pleasures when travelling in different countries, is photographing certain moments and times to cherish in later perusal of pictures that are taken, apart from the customary Selfies, I also like taking pictures of Statues or Monuments in foreign countries, these Statues or Monuments are obviously of great importance to the country, some are erected for moments of importance in the Country’s evolution, others are commemorating great achievements or great tragedy’s, some honour people who have made great impact in the formation of that particular Country. This particular Monument is found in Valparaiso Chile. The first picture was photographed in 2009, you will notice behind the monument, a vast number of tall buildings in the background, now in comparison, with the efforts of my Chilean Senorita Ana, she has discovered pictures of the same monument that dates back to the late 1800’s. In one of these pictures you will notice the ocean is right up to the shore behind the monument, with various ships laying at anchor off shore. This gives a good comparison as how far the sea had receded over 100 years from the coastline of Valparaiso, those buildings behind the photograph I have taken in 2009 are off multi story height. Even today that beautiful old harbour is not safe from Earthquakes or Tsunamis, the city of Valparaiso has Tsunami evacuation route signs throughout the city, since my first visit in 2009, the coastline was extremely damaged by a major Tsunami. Chile is a beautiful country to visit and live in, however one must remember that Mother Nature is continuously painting her Landscape, her mind can be fickle at any time.
The Arco Britanico (Spanish for British Arch) is a monument on Avenida Brasil, in Valparaíso, Chile. It was donated to the town in 1910 by the British community there to mark the centenary of the Independence of Chile. Designed by the Chilean architect Alfredo Azancot, the arch was unveiled in 1911.
The monument, covered in marble brought from Italy, is surmounted by a British Victorian lion and is decorated with the images of four Britons who participated in the Chilean War of Independence: Thomas Cochrane, Bernardo O’Higgins, Robert Simpson and Jorge O’Brien. It also bears the Chilean and United Kingdom coats of arms.
On our adventures last year to Valparaiso north Chile, Ana and I took a Harbour tour of this old world important port, Valparaiso was a major shipping port in the middle to late 1800’s before the Suez Canal was constructed. Today the Harbour is still alive with shipping arriving and departing to all corners of the Globe, container ships stand off shore waiting unloading, along the shoreline are numerous fishing vessels and Tourist vessels. I share with you some pictures of vessels that dot the shoreline; their colours are as flamboyant as is Valparaiso. The first picture depicts the vessel Cabo de Hornos. This Ship is a scientific research ship used by the Chilean Navy. The R/V Cabo DE Hornos is an advanced and versatile oceanographic and fisheries research vessel owned by the Chilean Navy. She was constructed as a replacement to Vidal Gormaz, which was decommissioned from service in August 2010. The construction was carried out at Asmar Talcahuano shipyard in Talcahuano, Chile, from 2009 to 2013, and delivery was made in April 2013. Cabo DE Hornos is capable of carrying out primary duties including fishery research operations, acoustic research operations, environmental research operations and seabed mapping globally. Built for oceanographic research. The ship is 74.1 meters long, 19.14 meters wide, and a gross tonnage of 3068. The ship can carry a complement of 68 people and cruise at 14.6 knots (27.0 km/h; 16.8 mph) She was designed by the Norwegian ship designer Skipsteknisk, designated as ST-367. Cabo DE Hornos ship began construction in November 2008. The ship was scheduled for launch on 27 February 2010. She was beached by the tsunami which followed the 2010 Chile earthquake early in the morning of the same day, before the launch was scheduled to occur. Following a complicated and involved salvage operation, she was launched in January 2011. Repairs were made in the shipyard of her construction and the ship was finally delivered to the Navy of Chile in April 2013.More information on the research Ship can be found here.
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Well ev’ry day at the salon you can see him arrive
He stood six foot six, weighed one-o-five
He’s kinda narrow at the shoulders, narrow in the hips
With a curl in his hair and a smile on his lips
Big Bruce………..Big Bad Bruce
No-one seemed to know where Bruce came from
He kinda swished into town and stayed all alone
Never said much, kind o’ quiet and shy
And when he spoke at all, it was just to say “Hi”
Big Bruce………..Big Bad Bruce
Same say he came from New Orleans
Where he had a social group called the Cajun Queens
Some say Hollywood or Beverly Hills
Where he got arrested for passin’ three-dollar bills
Then came the day o’ that terrible fire
Something went wrong in the number five dryer
Into the chaos of those matronly caves
Went Big Bad Bruce, a-just a-fannin’ the flames
Big Bruce………..Big Bad Brucey-Woosey
Well, the flames grew higher and the fire got worse
And someone heard Brucey cry, “Mercy, I forgot my purse!”
Into the fire with a squeal and a shout
We waited an hour, but he never came out
Poor Bruce……….Poor old Bruce
Where that salon once stood is a grocery store
But his name will live for evermore
In the annals of time and in the hall of fame
As a gay young cat who went down in flames
The naughty lady of shady lane, had hit the town like a bomb
The back fence gossips ain’t been this good, since Mabel ran off with Tom
Our town was peaceful and quite, before she came on the scene
The lady has started a riot, disturbing the suburban routine
Oh the naughty lady of shady lane has the town in a whirl
The naughty lady of shady lane me oh my oh what a girl
You should see how see carries on, with her admirers galore
She must be giving them quite a thrill, the way they flock to her door
She throws those come-hither glances, at every Tom, Dick and Joe
When offered some liquid refreshment, the lady never, never says no
Oh the naughty lady of shady lane has the town in a whirl
The naughty lady of shady lane, me oh my oh what a girl
The things they’re trying to pin on her, won’t hold much water I’m sure
Beneath the powder and fancy lace, there beats a heart sweet and pure
She just needs someone to change her, then she’ll be nice as can be
If you’re in the neighborhood stranger, you’re welcome to drop in and see
The naughty lady of shady lane so delightful to hold
The naughty lady of shady lane, she’s delectable, quite respectable
And she’s only nine days old.
In my travels around Australia and South America, I have always been captivated by the beautiful pleasures that street entertainers give to the passing crowds. It is wonderful to see the various talents that these people have been gifted with, talents they use to entertain or to make a living. The diversity is limitless, paintings by young people gracing the sidewalks which are miniature masterpieces, washed away after the first rains, to begin anew next day. Street statues that really mesmerize one’s mind, living statues so motionless that you stand absorbed for a long time, until you approach and the statues moves in a hypnotic slow motion. Magicians who brings smiles of wonderment to children and adults alike, birds and flowers, appearing and disappearing in the blink of an eye. Then there are the musicians, instruments of all kinds, violins, guitars, didgeridoo, Chinese Erhu, all entertaining with their individual voices and music, bringing the streets to life and bringing joy into the hearts of the passing crowds.
A pleasure when travelling, to take time out, and absorb some of the wonderful artistry, that these performers and artists have been gifted with.
I have put together a small collection of various street artists, that I had the pleasure to listen to, and to see perform; they are primarily from South America with a sampling of some from Australia.
The pleasures of a Punch and Judy show in a street in Valparaiso, the timeless puppetry never fails to enthrall the minds of the children
Traffic light entertainment, these artists are usually jugglers or acrobats, they are proficient in their art in that they can time the changing of the lights to a split second, they are in front of the traffic as it stops, do their entertainment and collect donations, and are back on the sidewalk as the lights change to go
I was surprised to find this didgeridoo player in Santiago, as the instrument is basically an Australian indigenous instrument, apparently he learnt the instrument on a trip to Australia, I have since learnt that there is a similar instrument that originates from Chile also.
This is a great example of a Living Statue, I am not sure exactly what he was representing, maybe a Senator from Roman days or some ancient royalty, he was motionless and held that pose for quite some time, when someone approached to make a donation in the box at his feet, he slowly came to life and extended his hand in friendship, the sunglasses actually gave intrigue to his appearance.
Cafe entertainers who play throughout various eating establishments or venues, their music is always beautiful and flamboyant and a part of Chilean life, I did witness entertainers who would board buses and entertain the crowds till the next stop.
The Magic of the Magician never fails to bring a smile, in this case an adult relives the pleasure and enjoyment of the mystical hands of this great entertainer.
Busking in the streets of Melbourne, a business not only of entertainment, but survival in many cases.
The captivating dances of the Chinchineros of Chile is always a pleasure and entertaining, I had seen them before but this was the first I had seen with a Female member of the troupe
These Australian Stockmen would have to be one of the best examples of Living Statues, we watched mesmerized to detect if they were real or not, after ten minutes we saw some faint movements, the one in the back slowly smiled, the one on the front right slightly moved a finger, we left after a time and still not sure if they all were alive or that three were statues
A very artistic street painter in Melbourne, he did tell us where the scene he was painting originated from, memory escapes me, this particular art actually was taking him a number of days to complete, he chose a site that was undercover but each night had to block off the area of the painting to continue next day
Sidewalk artistic wall graffiti, councils are becoming more lenient in allowing certain forms of artistic graffiti on buildings
The music from this Maestro was phenomenal, if I recall correctly his music was from a European country, it had the air of Bohemian style music
This Living Statue has to be my favorite, I call Her The Angel of Santiago, when I approached she slowly moved and looked directly into my eyes, I felt a shiver all over and a lump in my throat, she removed a small card from the box she was holding and slowly handed it to me with a faint loving smile, definitely a great artist that not only could hold her pose, but with her movements and dress, evoked an immense Spiritual feeling.