Santiago has introduced me to the world of beautiful street art

Goodbye graffiti filled Santiago!

I found myself in Chile, living in a beautiful city and with a lovely job that I really enjoyed but there was something wrong. As I walked through this beautiful city it felt like I should be somewhere else.   I realized that unfortunately my heart wasn’t in it anymore. I usually see my adjustment…

What a beautiful city to walk through

Valparaíso is a jumble of winding streets lined with colourful houses

Valparaíso rises abruptly from a narrow strip of coast to cover over 45 steep hills, each a jumble of winding streets lined with colourful houses, post-Colonial edifices, and 19th century museums. I wasn’t going to leave Chile before I had seen this colourful city. Unfortunately this time of the year the weather doesn’t always play along and the day…

Santiago!!

Seeing live Condors was the highlight of visiting Santiago Zoo

The Chilean National Zoo in Santiago is located at the foot of San Cristóbal Hill in what is known as the Santiago Metropolitan Park. It was just around the corner from my hostel and a great way to spend a lazy Sunday morning.  The zoo is quite small but is home to thousands of animals covering up to 158 native…

In flight the Pelicans look so graceful

Travel theme: Pelicans in Motion

While visiting Viña del Mar a small city on the coast of Chile I was captivated by the pelicans I found at the river mouth. Pelicans are very gracious birds as they soar above the water and land without causing too much of a disturbance to the water surface. They are gracious when in motion, moving…

A winter landscape greeted at as the winery

Winetasting in Chile at the Beautiful Casas Del Bosque

I think the one thing that Chile is really famous for is that they produce great quality wine. The best and definitely most enjoyable way to experience Chilean wine is definitely at one of the many vineyards that surround Santiago! I had the opportunity to visit Casas Del Bosque a winery producing Chilean premium wines…

The Moai statues are definitely very striking!

Travel theme: Moai Sculptures of Easter Island

Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean  Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. They are undoubtedly the most famous sculptures of Chile and perfect for this weeks’ Travel Theme of Sculptures.  Almost all the moai statues have overly large heads that are three-eighths the size of the whole statue. It is…

My attempt at a self portrait in front of the palace!

La Moneda Palace, Art and Eating Empanadas in Santiago.

It’s autumn in Santiago, Chile so the mornings and evenings are a bit chilly. But it’s sunny and warm during the day, perfect for walking around town.  I am staying in a hostel at the moment, not the best place to stay while working but unfortunately the flat I found to move into would only…

A lot of the graffiti is really beautiful!

Graffiti / Street Art fill the streets of Santiago, Chile

Chile has long been the center for radical propaganda painting. As early as 1940 leading Mexican and Chilean artists were painting murals in Chile. Now, Latin American street art is as innovative as any in the world and Chile plays a really big part in this.  I was amazed by the amount and quality of…

Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Parades, Cathedrals and “Coffee with Legs” in Santiago

Public holidays are synonymous with parades in most countries. The 21st of May was a public holiday in Chile, Navy Day to Commemorates the Battle of Iquique. The Battle of Iquique was a confrontation that occurred on May 21, 1879, during the naval stage of the War of the Pacific, a conflict between Chile and Peru and Bolivia. The battle took place off the…

According to the artist this color shift emphasizes the perception of roundness of the structure

Art Museums and Shirt Exhibitions in Santiago

The Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen is presenting two exhibitions in two different venues in Santiago. My first encounter with her art was seeing “Traces”, featured on one of the staircases at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. Here through the display of garments discarded by anonymous people, she redefines this space. “Traces” consists of…

Plaza De Armaz metro station

Exploring the Beautiful old Churches of Santiago

The city of Santiago has a couple of very old churches that are absolutely lovely to explore. Walking down Merced Street I stopped at the Basilica of Mercy a Catholic church located just before I reached Plaza de Armas. This Basilica was built in 1566 and established by the Order of the Blessed Mary of Mercy, who…

Bell tower

Locked Cathedrals and huge shopping centers in Santiago

Winter is fast approaching Santiago and making its presence felt with chilly and mostly cloudy days. Everywhere people wrapped up in scarves and coats are enjoying the last autumn days by strolling along the tree lined streets of Santiago. Strolling down Providencia street filled with little café’s and restaurants the contrast between old and new…