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Vineyard in Chile
|Kevin and Teri Jaspers at the Vina Del Mar flower clock.|
|Bill and Penny Slovek saying good bye from the Pacific beach.|
|Rachel Mehlhaf surfing on home from the Pacific.|
|Undurraga Vineyard beauty.|
|More Underraga Vineyard beauty.|
|The hillsides of Valparaiso, a colorful sight to behold.|
|Graffiti, otherwise known as art here, lines the walls in the residential streets of Valparaiso.|
|At the farm resting and relaxing|
|Checking out the sweetcorn with the hills in the background|
|Francisco explains their dairy practices|
|Checking out the sweetcorn packaging|
|Spending Sunday relaxing at the ocean.|
|This market is only a local market…meaning goods not fit for export are sold here.|
| If one piece of fruit is bad, the entire pellet, often including 10 or more |
boxes, goes back to the producer and ends up at this market.
|An entry fee of $5/car and $7/truck is paid at the gate.|
|Each day 4500 vehicles pass through the gates at the market. This looks to equal mass chaos!|
|The produce looks absolutely delicious!|
|From 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. the new fruit comes into the market. |
Then the gates open for buyers at 6:00 a.m.
|The farmers like to have a little fun at the market. |
These two characters are just one example. Carrots anyone??
|Anyone want to make some salsa with these peppers and garlic?|
|Cochayuyo, shown on the left, is a very healthy type a |
seaweed that people in Chile often give to babies at teething time.
|Our group in front of the walnut trees with Extension |
Advisor, Patricio Almarza Diaz, and the farm owner.
|Thirty three of the 80 hectares on the farm are used for walnut production. |
Here the farm owner is explaining the damage frost has done to the walnut crop.
|I have never seen a chestnut tree before. The |
chestnuts are quite ornamental as they develop.
|Only 2.5 million of the 184 million farmed acres in Chile are irrigated. |
This farmer uses irrigation on 27 acres of his land.
|We toured the original site of Vina Undurraga.|
|Our tour guide, David, led on a tour of the vineyards taking use |
from grape through the production process to a wine tasting.
|Between the vineyards, the gardens that are traditionally a part of the vineyards |
in Chili and the mountains in the background, the landscape proved to be quite picturesque.
|The dry barrels sell for $1800 a piece to people for ornamental use.|
|Underraga has been awarded the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile. |
It was one of the four wines at our wine tasting.
|The Chilean economy took a boost as many of us purchased souvenirs |
at the Central Market. This market had over 150 small shops.
|All the products in the market are made in Chile with many |
of the shops being run by the craftsmen themselves. Some of our purchases
included cooper jewelry, alpaca shawls, leather, and paintings.
|Some wool waiting to be made into a beautiful creation.|
|The building in the front is the post office. Much of the older|
architecture in Santiago has Spanish influence. The
detail is in many of these older buildings is stunning.
|We stopped to tour the Cathedral, built in 1748, at the Armas Plaza. |
Santiago has 200 Roman Catholic Churches, and nearly 70% of the
population in Chile are members of this church.
|The front of the cathedral.|
|Another corner of the cathedral.|
|The second cathedral we stopped at, the Church of San Francisco, is the oldest |
church in the city. It was built between 1586 and 1618. You can see many cracks in the walls
that have been repaired over the years. Most of the damage comes
from the earthquakes that often happen in the country.
|Our meals included everything from a full trout shown here to pasta to rabbit.|
|Here is a meal of the Turbot fish on top of a vegetable sauté. Fresh fish is |
popular in Chile, being the country boarders the Pacific Ocean.