Trip Start Jan 09, 2011
47Trip End Apr 14, 2011
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We docked at about 6.30 am and went on deck to see we were surrounded by the Chilean Navy vessels as the sun was rising overhead. The trip to Santiago, capital of Chile, was to take 9 hours so a quick change of plan as dad had been unwell, we did a small trip to Val de Mar and around Valparaiso in the afternoon. We spent the morning relaxing on Aurora and watching supplies being loaded, which took most of the day to do, we had an early lunch and then went ashore. As we were moored in the busy dock area a shuttle bus took us to customs. This took about 10 minutes going through hundreds and thousands of containers.
Our trip to Val de Mar and the surrounding area took about 4 hours and the area is surrounded by 45 hills, with several funiculars dotted around Valparaiso to help the residents back to their homes
The area is susceptible to earth quakes and only a couple of years ago an earth quake in central Chile affected quite a number of apartments in Val de Mar and lots of repair work was still going on. We went to the obligatory Museum, took a photo outside of an Easter Island Effigy – which one is Grandad? We also bought some nougat from a stall, delicious, and one of a Fire Station in Valparaiso. It was quite a good trip, and good of the Agents to change it for us, but I was disappointed we did not get to Santiago, but never mind, hey hey, we are on holiday and having a wonderful time. The buses out here have their exhausts going up and out to save the fumes being down near ones nose, not at ground level so it may be easier on ones breathing!
We returned to the ship, had jam tarts, cakes and tea. We took some back to the cabin, and at midnight I was eating one of the jam tarts! They are delicious and have about half an inch, of jam in them!
Valparaiso saw a change of entertainers, with Johnny Kingdom and Julian Jacobson (Pianist) leaving. Dad saw Richard Digence on board, and also another pianist is on, playing this evening, Julian Atkinson. So we are in for more full time entertaining.
We are now sailing in the Pacific, heading towards Tahiti, and will dock next at Papeete. We have booked a Mountain Safari there so will definitely not miss that. It will be 8 days before we see hand again. Hope you are all well and glad to say Dad's cold has completely gone and is fighting fit.
Love to all
Mum and Dad
Jill and Ivor
Grandma and Grandad X X X X X X X X Miss you!