The next morning we waved goodbye to Valparaiso and headed back to Santiago – on a smooth well-signed highway.
I had a little nap at the hotel while the manservant returned the rental car and then we went out for dinner. Here I am with my last pisco sour of the trip; a quick survey of photos featuring me and a glass show I drank slightly more white wine than pisco sours. This is in black & white to mask my sunburn – my face wasn’t too bad, thanks to that hat, but my cleavage and arms were bright red and sore!
After dinner we wandered around the square taking in all the sights which included a fortune teller, various entertainers & amateur astronomers and I got a few bemused looks when taking a photo of the toilet…….
We found the rotunda full of chess players. It seemed a fitting way to finish our vacation…..
Our trip to Chile was a bit like a chess game. We did not know our moves until we got there. None of our pieces were taken off the board though the king & queen were momentarily knocked over by that frustratingly long drive from Santa Cruz to Valparaiso. But. the Valparaiso-welcome soon had us lined up again & I’m ready already to go back and explore more of the country.
And, I can’t believe it’s taken me 5 months to write-up a 9 or 10 day trip! And I have photos leftover!