|View from the Apartment balcony|
|Along the Coast|
|Sea Lions Sunning Themselves|
In Valparaiso we parked and began walking through the old city. We took a funicular (cable car) part-way up the hillside. Everything is built on hills. At all times you are walking up or down hills, there are no level areas. The old city of Valparaiso, settled primarily by Germans & British, had no plan or layout of the city – everyone wanted a view of the sea, so they just built where they wanted to. To distinguish your house, you had to paint it a bright color – different than you neighbor's. Valparaiso is known for its old colorful homes. However many of them are in need of repair. It has become an artist area with boutiques of all sorts tucked in homes on these narrow hilly streets.It was a very interesting and enjoyable morning.
|Unusual Building Shape|
|Colorful Restaurants and Hotels|
|Narrow Walking Street|
|A long way down or up the stairs|
|Enjoying his tea and the sun|
We even went into an old German Lutheran church and an old Anglian church in the old part of Valparaiso – very interesting. Queen Victoria donated the organ (largest organ in city) to the Anglian church. When back in the car we drove around the Naval Acadamy overlooking the sea. This natural harbor on the Pacific Ocean is the focal point of both cities.
|Large Organ Donated by Queen Victoria|
|Stained Glass Window over the Alter|
|More Streets of Valparaiso|
|Group Photo from Valparaiso Overlooking the Harbour|
|Entering the Funicular|
|Down we go|
Back in Vina Del Mar we had reservations at "The Calipso Restaurant". Once again we began our lunch with a Pisco Sour! Seafood is a must, as a fishermen’s union owns the restaurant, so everything is absolutely fresh. Our host knew the waiters so we had an extra special meal.
|A Delicious Lunch of Sea Food at "The Calipso"|
|A Pelican Sunning Himself|
|A Friendly Sea Gull|
|Another Coastline View|
It was 1:30 before we went to bed!
|Our Host Family after Dinner|