The Americas Revisted travel blog

Its a warm sunny day so we decide to walk down to Scultpure Park alonside the Maupucho River. It's a really plesant walk. Part of the park is undergoing some restoration of exhibts but there is still a lot to see and I love the statue of someone clinging onto the handlebars of a bike and the rest of their body flying along behind. As we are so near to the Teleferico, and we missed the cable car last time, as they were doing maintenance, so we decide to walk up to the park and have a ride and see the views of the city. At the top near the Church we stop for a coffee and then catch the funicular back down to BellaVista. From here Pablo Nerudas house is very near so we decide to go and have a look. He is Chile's famous poet who died in 1973. He had three houses and we saw his house in Valparaiso in 2004 and this city house is one he built for his mistress Matilde Urrutia a singer. He called the house “La Chascona” in her honour, that was the nickname he gave her due to her abundant red hair. The house has been preserved with his collections of art and books. The house is built into a hill and has many quirks such as a secret doorway from the dining room and rooms that are not connected to the main house so that you have to go outside to get to them. It's very interesting though. There is an audio guide which details his life and explaint the contents of the house. Matilde lived there until her death in 1985.

Its now mid afternoon so we stop in BellaVista for lunch. We eat at a cafe outside in the sun, a huge sandwich and chips, that we share. From BellaVista we walk back to the apartment as it's close. 23,000 steps today. A lot of walking.

We have nibbles and drinks at home and finish off the salads and bbq chicken for dinner.

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