Wishing all my Friends on Word press and Face book a very Merry Christmas and a Great New Year.
I thank all those faithful Friends who have followed me over the years on my two Internet sites, Aussie Ian and Aussie Emu, also my Face book site.
I appreciate your visits and comments on my posts. Your thoughts do inspire a writer to continue sharing the various vagaries of Life’s sojourn. Your Friendship is highly valued, and I have enjoyed following your adventures through your eyes and into your world.
I will be absent from the internet until late February, I am leaving next Sunday to join my wife Ana in Chile, Ana is already over there. This is my second visit and is going to be quite an adventure to add to my previous visit.
My last adventure, apart from my marriage to Ana in Valparaiso, north of Santiago, included much introduction to the beautiful country of Chile, it’s beautiful Cathedrals, monuments, streets and diverse culture.
This adventure includes seeing the New Year in, overlooking the beautiful Valparaiso bay with its 30 minutes fireworks, that light up the ancient Harbour.
Following on from that is a trip to the extreme south of Chile, so south it’s in the direction of the Antarctica. Here we will spend time exploring the great San Rafael lake which is home to 19 massive glaciers, exploring these waters is quite breathtaking, there is an ice Cathedral, massive breaking icebergs, numerous ice caves and much more. I have attached a short overview of both Valparaiso and Lake Rafael for interest.
Finally I close with a beautiful song from the lovely Chilean island of Rapa Nui, the song titled; Rapa Nui My Love captures the culture and vibrancy of the Chilean people.
Once again, a very Merry Christmas and a beaut New Year.
Aussie Ian aka Aussie Emu aka Lizard.
Valparaiso Chile South America
You can use many words to describe Valparaíso, but the truth is that this city escapes definition. But let’s start with the basic facts: Valparaíso is Chile’s largest port and one of its oldest, dating back to 1536.
Though some claim that there are 42, no one knows exactly how many hills circle the bay of Valparaíso. Whatever the number, there are many of them, and each is filled with multicolored houses perched at crazy angles connected by a gigantic labyrinth of streets, long staircases and lookout points. Between these hills and the sea lies a downtown area filled with beautiful architecture, narrow streets and even trolleybuses.
Since it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, the city’s landscape has welcomed new hotels, restaurants and bookstores. But the port’s traditional culture remains, and the history of “Pancho,” as local residents affectionately call their city, is visible in every corner, particularly in the port neighborhood. You can’t leave Valparaiso without taking a ride on its outdoor elevators or touring the bay in one of the hundreds of small passenger boats that wait at the piers.
The city’s cultural calendar includes the urban festival Carnavales Culturales and its famous New Year’s celebration, which features crowds of hundreds of thousands of people ringing in the New Year around the bay and an incredible 30-minute long fireworks display
Lake Rafael Chile South America
With 1.742.000 hectares (3,832,400 acres), this park is the largest in Aysén and it includes the entire Northern Patagonian Ice Fields (Campos de Hielo Norte), where countless rivers and lakes are born. The tallest peak in the Southern Andes, Mount San Valentín (4,058 m or 13,310 ft), is located in the park.
The ice field extends over this mountain and the surrounding hills, giving birth to 19 glaciers. San Rafael Glacier is one of the most impressive, hence why it gives its name to the park. One of the most spectacular sights is the blocks of ice breaking off the glaciers and falling into the lake with a thunderous roar.