Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Film Feature: Valparaiso

From VinaValp Scan
I love looking at the old maps of South America.   This one is a stained glass map at the Valparaiso Maritime Museum.

A street in Valparaiso with its odd curb bumps. I'd imagine those would be very annoying if you aren't looking where you are walking.

Plaza Sotomayor and a lone woman ranting about something in front of the building of the navy. Since it was my first few days in Chile and getting used to their Spanish I have no idea what she was saying. But, no one else was paying attention to her, so I guess I didn't miss much.

Looking out over the city from the properly named Artillery Hill.

The base of the Monument to the Heroes of Iquique. It is probably a safe guess that if there is a guard watching the monument all day then it must be important.

The top of the Monument to the Heroes of Iquique. It is remembering the death of Arturo Prat, one of Chile's naval heroes, and the other men who died in the battle of Iquique during the War of the Pacific (1879-1883).

A naval guard in Plaza Sotomayor.

Another big gun from the Maritime Museum.

Not all of Valparaiso is old buildings, monuments, and museums. It also has a number of newer tall buildings packed into its twisted and narrow streets.

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