20-23rd January Santiago and Valparaiso

Merry arrived and we are now onto stage 2 of the trip. It’s great to be together again.

Geoff and Merry...together again!

The bike is safely parked at my relative, Robert Peebles’ house about 25 miles north of the city. The Hotels for the next three weeks are a different class altogether! The “smelly biker” is no more for three weeks!

In the last post I mentioned how I found Robert. He shares the same Gt Gt Grandfather as me.

On Saturday, Robert picked us up and drove us to his lovely house.

Robert Peebles' Garden

We met Sarah, his wife (English, from Winchester) and two of their three daughters. Nataly and Melanie (Nichole, the youngest is away) and Abby, Nataly’s two year old daughter. We also met Max the dog.

Peebles family Abby,Malanie,Max,Nataly,Sarah,Robert

We had a lovely day. Roberts house is set in a “gated” rural development. The garden is big and amazing. Wendy, you would LOVE Robert’s garden!

Robert is a superb amateur photographer. If you’re interested in photography, look up his facebook page…he puts up his photos. They are terrific. Infact I have one of his photos as my screen saver!

Robert doing his favourite thing..photography!

The house is set near two excellent golf courses, riding stables,( which we had to visit…naturally!) lake, tennis courts etc. It is so beautiful and peaceful here. I could move in!

Sunset near Robert's house

We all went to dinner and Robert introduced me to PISCO SOUR…Very good. It goes down very easily!!….. We had a magnificent steak and some CARMENERE wine…That is a local variety not available in Australia…… Robert told me that the variety is originally French but French root-stocks were destroyed by phylloxera and so Chile has control of the variety

On Sunday we drove the 100k to Valparaiso. Valparaiso is an old Port town. Lots of history here! There are some beautiful old houses and a historic Funicular.

Historic Funicular Valparaiso


Wall painting Valparaiso

There is an Anglican Church with a huge and very beautiful organ that is incredibly loud. It was quite magical to sit and listen for a while…There was quite a large British community here in the last century

Magnificent Organ in St Pauls Anglican Church, Valparaiso

En route we visited a winery called Emiliana which is 100% organic. It’s interesting how they do it. They have chickens, Alpacas wandering the vine rows. They plant flowers, garlic etc and have bee hives all around. The wine is terrific!

Next we tried to find the grave of my Gt GT Grandfather (lucky Merry!)

Cemetery in Valparaiso where Geoff and Robert's common ancester, Robert Paterson Peebles is buried

We failed but the cemetary is fascinating and i could hardly drag Merry away.

Today, we flew to Puerto Montt about 1500kms south to board the boat across the Chile lakes!





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