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My Last Blog from Chile

25 Oct

mushynemuairlines.jpg picture by crisfromvan
 
Hi space friends
Well this is the last blog from Emu here in Santiago Chile
before I return to Australia next week
The last three months here in South America
has been a memorable time and experience culturally wise
and to a certain degree spiritually wise
I have been able to fit in many sights and experiences
that are not usually on a tourists itinerary
From the seaport of Valparaiso to San Jose up in the Andes
Chilean rodeos to Chilean theatres
A visit to the home of the great Chilean poet Neruda
A visit to the shrine of Padre Pio in the church in Santiago
and many places that have a lasting impression on me
and will have for many years to come
I have a feeling I will be returning to Chile again in the future
Hopefully I will have a good grasp of the Spanish language by then
However a tip for tourists to Chile if you cant speak Spanish
The two most important words to memorise and use
wherever you go in Chile are Baños and  LoSiento
Baños means toilet and these are scarce as hens teeth
here in the public parks and places
Lo Siento means I am sorry and is handy to know
as the footpaths are very narrow here
and its inevitable to bump into people anywhere
Anyway enough of my waffling on back to my story
Before we leave to head back to Gods original Garden of Eden Australia
I want to leave you with a few pics of my last days here in Santiago
These pics are taken from the top of Saint Christoper hill
or as known here San Cristobal
This mountain overlooks all of the City and can be seen for miles
Atop San Cristobal is the most fantastic statue of the Virgin Mary
I have ever seen it has to be hundreds of metres high
and at night is illuminated and visible all over Santiago
It is breathtaking and has to be one of the greatest sights
for any visitor to Chile
These pics will give you some idea of the statues hight
SanCristobalVirgenMaria039.jpg picture by mayte2008
 
 
SanCristobalVirgenMaria042.jpg picture by mayte2008
 
 
SanCristobalCross035.jpg picture by mayte2008
 
 
Now these pics are the view over the city from the top ofSan Cristobal
As you can see the mountain is very high and it dwarfs the buildings below
The high rise units dot the city as the population here is great
Some of the units are twenty storys and higher
 
SanCristobalHill007.jpg picture by mayte2008
 
SanCristobalHill003.jpg picture by mayte2008
These next couple of pics are general street scenes
of downtown Santiago
DowntownSantiago1040.jpg picture by mayte2008
 
 
DowntownSantiago1027.jpg picture by mayte2008
 
The final few pics are from the domes inside  some Santiago Church
One of my most enjoyable and spiritual experiences here
I am always amazed at the works of the old Chilean masters
 
ChurchSantiago1069.jpg picture by mayte2008
 
 
 
VirgendelCarmenSantiago1050.jpg picture by mayte2008
 
 "Virgen  del Carmen Patron of Chile"
 
The domes are so high that like the Sistine Chapel
the artists would have worked on their art on scaffolds on their back
This work would have taken many many years to complete
Well thats the final blog from South America
Knowing me and the Mushy bloke after returning to Australia
the wander lust will set in again and the need to travel will begin again
Like the idea of the west coast of Ireland ,maybe Switzerland
or head of to Rome to drop five coins in the fountain there
See you back in Aussie
Stay well and happy and keep smiling
Catch ya,s around tha traps
 
Emu
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16 Comments

Posted by on October 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

16 responses to “My Last Blog from Chile

  1. ♬ŠŨŇ

    November 7, 2009 at 07:00

    Safe journey home, Ian. Your pics have been wonderful and give an insight to places that I for one will never be fortunet to visit. The views looktrumendous and the statues wonderful. Have a great weekend and we will catch up after. Hugs Xx

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  2. Carol

    November 2, 2009 at 07:00

    Breathtaking photos Ian. Glad you had a great time. Have a nice trip back home.

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  3. artsylady

    October 31, 2009 at 07:00

    Dear friend, I love the pics you have shared. The artistry is fantastic. This has been a very fullfilling part of your life. Safe journey home. Jeanne

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  4. David

    October 30, 2009 at 07:00

    Gday mateWelcome home to Gods countryGlad you have had a great time,but as Dorothy said"Ther,s no place like home"CheersDave

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  5. ♰ Angel girl ♰

    October 29, 2009 at 07:00

    Suppose your looking forward to going home, you must be missing the children by now. Hugs Angel girl

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  6. Geri

    October 27, 2009 at 07:00

    Wonderful pictures!! Have a safe trip home IanGerixx

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  7. Princess

    October 27, 2009 at 07:00

    Yo Ian! Wow! Ur Phots are Wonderful! U have had a Fantastic Journey! Hope u have a safe journey back, Big Hugs, Luv PF XXX

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  8. m60a3

    October 27, 2009 at 07:00

    Ah my brother, you have lived as most of us would dream. Within another culture; a different place and time. As is old from the new, yet both in harmony with man\’s fast pace. To take but one path; matters not the pace. As these sights with you for all time, slow enough to indeed taste it, the greatest adventure…Peace to YouMark

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  9. Sue

    October 27, 2009 at 07:00

    Great Blog IanSo glad you had great timeYou take care and stay safe on the way homeSue

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  10. Prenin

    October 25, 2009 at 07:00

    Beautiful as always Ian!!! :o)Hope you have a safe journey home!! :o)God Bless and keep safe!!!Prenin.

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  11. Rosemary

    October 25, 2009 at 07:00

    Really lovely pics. safe journey home

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  12. Palla-Jane

    October 25, 2009 at 07:00

    Truely wonderful Pics Ian! Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Have a good trip home! Smiles.

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  13. Angel eyes

    October 25, 2009 at 07:00

    beautiful dear friend talk to you later safe journey angel eyes

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  14. Bernice

    October 25, 2009 at 07:00

    Breath taking is right. what a beautiful place to follow~~~.much precious memories here my friend much love and safe Return. ~~ Bernice ~~

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  15. AIQ

    October 25, 2009 at 07:00

    Hello there :)Interesting and your first pic… hihihiii…cool!Art is extremely beautiful there, I like very.Wish you the safe arrival home. See ya 🙂

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  16. Beth

    October 25, 2009 at 07:00

    Wow! The pictures are wonderful Ian. I have really enjoyed the virtual tours and pics you have shared with us in your travels. Be safe.

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