A Day in Valparaiso with the BF

29 Jan

I totally forgot to post pictures about the BF’s and my day trip to Valparaiso when we were in Chile!

Valpo is one of the most beautiful and yet tragic cities I’ve ever been to. It was the most important seaport before the Panama Canal was built, but has since turned into an art hub and a reminder of the wealth that once was. The BF and I look an early morning bus and spent the morning on a wonderful free tour of the city. Highly recommend it! Here are some pics… only a month late

My favorite part of the whole city are the bright colored houses… a product of the residences taking the left over paint from the port and painting their houses with the bright colored boat paint… just in case you came here for a history lesson. This trip reminds me of how much I love traveling–and makes me incredibly, incredibly excited to spend 10 days in Barcelona & Lisbon in April.

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2 Responses to “A Day in Valparaiso with the BF”

  1. Papi February 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Valparaíso played a very important geopolitical role in the second half of the 19th century, when the city served as a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by crossing the Straits of Magellan. It was a key port supplying the western United States during the California gold rush in the mid 1850s. Always a magnet for European immigrants, Valparaíso mushroomed during its golden age, when the city was known by international sailors as “Little San Francisco” and “The Jewel of the Pacific.”

    Examples of Valparaíso’s former glory include Latin America’s oldest stock exchange, the continent’s first volunteer fire department, Chile’s first public library, and the oldest Spanish language newspaper in continuous publication in the world. The opening of the Panama Canal and reduction in ship traffic dealt a staggering blow to Valparaíso, though the city has staged an impressive renaissance in recent years.

    • Mom February 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      This is why it’s so much fun to go on vacation with your father.

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