On the 3rd of December we rode around the area of Vina del Mar and locate a "Then and Now" road. This was actually one of the toughest spots to take an "exact" picture, as I had to climb a vertical cliff, then step to the edge of a sandy slope. Every step caused the slope, and me, to slide. The picture is from Sydney Clark's book of 1954, "The West Coast of South America".
Not much has changed in 50 years.
The bridge has been rebuilt, but it is still a beautiful spot, on the coast of Chile.
The next "Then and Now" was from the same book of 1954. It was a night shot of the harbor in Valparaiso. We went to the area during the day to find the spot and realized that to come back here at night was going to be a quick "Shoot and Run". During the day it was very safe, but when we went back at night, as we got off the bus, the bus driver pointed at his eyes, indicating to watch out....
Again, not a lot of change, although many of the buildings are new.
Daytime shot from the same spot.
On the 4th of December we are off to Santiago, Chile
It was a lot like the Temecula area of Southern California.
On the 6th of December, it is time for another "Then and Now". The original picture is from the 1948 book, Fireside Travels in South America, by James Fitzpatrick.
On the top of historic and park-like Cerro Santa Lucia stands the statue of a priest watching over the city of Santiago. Santa Lucia is where the city of Santiago was founded in 1554 by Pedro de Vildia.
While taking this picture, I knew I was standing in exactly the same spot as James Fitzpatrick stood in 1948. The picture was taken standing on a VERY small point on top of a very large boulder.
Maybe I need a shrink, but I do enjoy standing in the exact same spot, for a few minutes, as somebody else stood many years ago, and day ream about what it was like and what he was thinking 57 years ago. How rough were his travels? Was he as well received, by the locals, as Sandy and I are today?
I do feel as though I am "living" the books which I have read over the last 10 years. That, in itself, is really neat!
The following is a better picture, from the same spot.
In the original picture, the tallest building was about 3 stories tall. Things have changed!
In Santiago, we have more "Then and Now's" of anywhere in South America. We will have to wait to finish some of the pictures when we return in early 2006, but we tried to squeeze as many in, prior to heading home for Christmas. The next picture was taken at the Club Hipico, a very famous horse racing track in Santiago. This picture was also from the 1948 book, Fireside Travels in South America, by James Fitzpatrick. When you have not been to a location, you have no idea if it faces North, South, East or West. We went to the Hipico in the morning, but as it turned out, it faces west, so we revisited the place in the afternoon. There were a few changes like the pot on the column! The Hipico was built in 1870, and modeled after the Longchamps track in Paris.
The next "Then and Now" was of the train station in Santiago. I am not 100% sure who designed it. Most people say it was designed by Gustavo Eiffel, but I have also found information that it was designed by Emilio Jequier, a Chilean architect who studied in Paris under the direction of Gustavo Eiffel. Who knows? I believe that it was "Built" in Paris by the company "Le Creuzot", in 1887. It is built entirely of metal.
The horse drawn cars and electric trolleys are now LONG gone.
And the yellow busses will also disappear soon, as they are being replaced with articulating "double busses". It is still a very impressive structure, and still being used as a train station for very modern trains.
This next "Then and Now" picture was also from the 1948 book, Fireside Travels in South America, by James Fitzpatrick. At one time this was the home of the mayor Manuel Zaņartu. It was built between the years 1750-1756 with daub, and has two floors. In the book from 1948 it stated that it used to be the old "Moral Censor's Tavern", but was now (in 1948) a night club. The night club has been gone for decades and it is now a national monument, and art gallery. I found it amazing that the exposed block walls of the neighboring builds have not changed. It is now called "Posada del Corregidor".
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