Valparaiso…Our New Neighborhood

8 Jan

DSC05366We are in Valparaiso, Chile a port city on the Bay of Valparaiso on the Pacific Ocean.  The photo above is the entrance to our new home, Bellavista Cottage, named after our neighborhood, Cerro Bellavista. The neighborhood is a bohemian enclave on one of the many hills overlooking the sea. Our cottage is part of a group of apartments built on a parapet on the hill.

DSC05391That is our building at the top of the photo with beautiful murals on the side facing the ocean.  Bart, the owner of the apartments met us at the gate at 5 o’clock in the morning when our plane arrival had an unexpected change in plans. We went to bed and at 11 a.m. he came back with breakfast.  Bart, his wife Marcela and their little son, Dante Max live on the top floor of the building at the top of this photo.

DSC05380We have our own patio with a peach tree bearing the most delicious peaches in the world. I had one right off the tree on my first day here.

DSC05382There are two bodegas in the streets next to our house. So stocking up on groceries is easy, though the walk up and down the eighty steps in the stairway is daunting.

DSC05373Valparaiso is built on steep hills with funiculars running from the bottom to the top of the hills. Each hill is a different neighborhood with a different character  Cerro Concepcion, Cerro Alegre, Cerro San Juan de Dios, Cerro Florida and more.

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DSC05367And here are some of the views out our front window.

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How lucky we are to have found this wonderful home away from home in Chile.

14 Responses to “Valparaiso…Our New Neighborhood”

  1. Nancy Lehrhaupt January 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    great way to stay in shape! Those peaches look wonderful! and we got your suitcase here in New Mexico. Arrived by pony express. Can’t wait to hear more about the food there.

    • Jill January 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      So glad the suitcase made it. What did you do with the pony?

  2. Paul and Jill January 9, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    Hi Jill and Dana…..what a great place!! Those murals seem to follow you around. Doesn’t this place look historic, compared to Adelaide. A wonderful change in culture and environment…you guys know how to see the world!

    • Jill January 9, 2013 at 2:55 am #

      Paul and Jill…so great to hear from you. Yes it is working out well. We do have our tango picture out to remind us of that night in Adelaide.

  3. Ursula Freer January 9, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Carrying bags of groceries up those stairs won’t be fun!

    • Jill January 9, 2013 at 2:53 am #

      We did it today. Not only are there stays but it is straight up the hill from the grocery store. We will definitely be in shape when we get home.

  4. Neil Freer January 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    It’s one thing to see these places in National Geographic type documentaries but you are only a relatively reasonable distance from Lake Titikaca on the southern border of Peru with Bolivia at the northern end of Chili. Most people don’t even know about the Uru people who live on the lake on reed mats and make and use bundled reed boats and huts just as their ancestors did and may still do in the marsh country of Iraq. Different language, customs, unique. Above there is Cuzco and just north of it is Machu Picchu, the amazing and mysterious high mountain complex. A train goes up. And other places just as mysterious and amazing. So I push….don’t blame me, it’s my tight genes………ehehe
    n

  5. Eleni Cahn January 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    We loved Valparaiso when we were there visiting a friend last year. It was so good to see your beautiful photo’s which evoked such good memories.
    Thanks, Jill

  6. Neil Freer January 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    The Vatican helped a lot of Nazi’s to escape to SA and Chile particularly……..wonder if they are a recognized element in the society there yet or maybe have died off?
    Well into summer there, how do the temps run? Y’all look comfortable outside, I’d guess it’d be ’round 73 F? You are not missing a thing here, the temp’s have been running frequently in the single digits….uh huh, climate change I’m sure………and this am I awoke to a balmy 12 degrees F………..need to go to the dump and think I’ll just wait until around 2 pm ehehe
    n

    • Jill January 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      Temperature here and climate is wonderful. Like Santa Barbara, California. The ocean breezes and lack of humidity make it comfortable with lots of plants in bloom. We like it.

  7. Neil Freer January 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Fascinating architecture, noise in a rain on those old tin roofs must be something else, use of color does so much…………what does the dialect sound like there, soft, hard, classic? ………………curious about the sewer systems……..
    Enjoy!!
    n

    • Jill January 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      We’re curious about the sewage system too… The dialect is lazy with the endings on the words dropped. People say it is not very good Spanish.

  8. Maryl January 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    How charming and picturesque with the murals, view of the ocean and a peach tree in your own yard. Looks like you picked another winner. You will be able to indulge in anything you want to eat, knowing that you have a built-in “stairmaster” to/from your home. Emily had a 7-floor walk-up in Paris and she would take a long pause each morning and run through her to-do list to make sure she had everything before closing the door. She didn’t want to have to climb/descend the stairs more than once a day.

    • Jill January 9, 2013 at 7:32 am #

      Hi Maryl: I found my reply to you in Spam so I am writing again. I had to walk up and down the second time today when I forgot the camera. I am definitely going to try Emily’s technique.

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