|Preparing for the feast to follow|
It's always fun when families get together and on this occasion nothing changed :-)
From La Serena we flew back to Santiago for our last few days in Chile. Having visited Neruda's houses in Valparaiso and Santiago we decided to visit the third of his homes. Casa de Isla Negra is located at Isla Negra, El Quisco, San Antonio Province about 85 km to the south of Valparaíso and 110 km to the west of Santiago. It was his favorite house and where he and his third wife, Matilde Urrutia spent the majority of their time in Chile. Neruda, a lover of the sea and all things maritime, built the home to resemble a ship with low ceilings, creaking wood floors, and narrow passageways. A passionate collector, every room has a different collection of bottles, ship figureheads, maps, ships in bottles, and an impressive array of shells, which are located in their own "Under the Sea" room. Neruda and his wife are buried their with a clear view of their beach.
So that brought our first trip to Chile together to an end, a great couple of weeks in the Chilean summer (beautiful blue skies in almost every photo), a chance to escape from the winter here in Europe and most importantly a lot of fun with our family.
As I'm ending this section of our Travel Blog we're planning our next trip to Chile, not long now and we'll be there again.