The Remarkable Houses of Bello and Reborati, Montevideo, Uruguay

Bello y Reborati were no ordinary housing developers. The buildings they constructed in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo between 1921 and 1940 have become an important part of the country’s architectural heritage, and are now, thankfully, protected by law.

DSC_5573DSC_5575 DSC_5576What makes the houses constructed by developer Ramon Bello and designer Alberto Reborati so special is that each one is unique; a work of art. As these photos show, Reborati was clearly strongly influenced by Medieval Mediterranean architecture.

DSC_5577 DSC_5580 DSC_5579During our visit to Montevideo in February, our guide Roberto (of Ciudad Vieja Tours) took us on a walking tour through Montevideo’s Pocitos neighbourhood, introducing us to more than a few Bello and Reborati properties along the way. Strolling down streets lined by their houses was a pure joy.

DSC_5581 DSC_5582Sadly, increased raw material prices at the start of World War II pushed Bello and Reborati into bankruptcy with 500 projects on their books. Just think what the barrios of Montevideo might have looked like, if they’d been able to continue their remarkable work.

DSC_5583 DSC_5584This post is inspired by this week’s photo challenges of Architecture from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and  Jo’s Monday Walk.

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The World’s Biggest Teepee

At 215 feet, or 20 storeys, the Saamis Teepee is the tallest teepee on Earth. It originally stood in Calgary, constructed to hold the Olympic Flame for the 1988 Winter Olympics. After the Games it was moved to its present location in Medicine Hat, also in the Canadian Province of Alberta.

IMG_7965The teepee includes 10 circular paintings, telling the story of the native Plains tribes.

IMG_7964 2It seems fitting, therefore, that it now stands close to the Saamis archaeological site, which is believed to have been a winter/early spring campsite for indigenous Plains peoples between 1390 and 1820.

IMG_7964This post is inspired by this week’s photo challenge of Camping from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?

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Turtles on the Road To Hana

Yesterday I teased you with three photos of murky forms lurking in the Hawaiian surf (playing along with Cee’s photo challenge of What’s This?). I asked if anyone could identify the shapes.

One of my teaser images from yesterday

One of my teaser images from yesterday

As Peggy and Ann-Christine correctly guessed, the things concealed in waves were turtles. Green Sea Turtles to be precise. And in case you don’t believe me, here are some less obscure images of these marvelous creatures:

DSC_6140DSC_6141DSC_6142At the time, we were actually looking for a geocache in the parking lot of a well-known restaurant just east of the town of Paia, near the start of the famous Road to Hana. You can imagine Sue’s amazement when she happened to look over the cliff and saw heads bobbing around in the surf just below.

DSC_6145 DSC_6146 DSC_6150A few days later we actually got to swim with Green Sea Turtles off Lahaina on the other side of Maui, but I’ll save that for another post.

DSC_6151 DSC_6152 DSC_6154This (and yesterday’s) post is inspired by this week’s photo challenges of What’s This? from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and Breathe from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?

DSC_6156If you’re the sort of person that loves to experience local wildlife on your travels, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal (on WordPress or Bloglovin’), or through my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr?

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What’s In The Surf?

I thought it’d be fun to play along with  Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge today. The title is What’s This?

Rich snapped these photos in Maui last month. Amazingly, they’re taken from a restaurant parking lot while searching for a geocache.

DSC_6153So, can you tell what’s lurking in the surf?

DSC_6149This post is further inspired by this week’s photo challenge of Breathe from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?

DSC_6139If you’re the sort of person that loves to experience local wildlife – there’s a hint – on your travels, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal (on WordPress or Bloglovin’), or through my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr?

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House of Gargoyles, Santiago, Chile

While wandering around the Chilean capital of Santiago one morning last spring, we chanced across a fun and historic building called Casa de las Gárgolas:  the House of Gargoyles!

DSC_0659I’ve always loved gargoyles, so this was a fun discovery. Living up to its name, the building is absolutely covered in grotesque mythic beasts.

DSC_0661From what we could make out from a plaque (in Spanish) on the outside of the building, it was constructed in 1929 by an architect named Eduardo Costabal Zegers. The sign goes on to say (I think!) that the house has a medieval feel thanks to the Neo-Gothic style used in its design. All the gargoyles certainly support this conclusion.

DSC_0662The plaque states the building includes arches, stained glass windows, plus elements of wrought iron, stucco, wood and stone. But at the end of the day, it’s really all about the gargoyles!

DSC_0660Casa de las Gárgolas was declared a National Historic Monument in 2001. And is today fittingly the home of Chile’s Council of National Monuments

DSC_0663This post was inspired by the photo theme of Face from Cheri of The Daily Post.

DSC_0664If you’re the sort of person that loves to experience local history and wildlife(!) on your travels, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal (on WordPress or Bloglovin’), or through my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr?

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Chile Dogs

I first had the idea to write a blog about stray dogs while visiting the Chilean port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaiso last year.

DSC_3542In fact, we even spent our last morning there going around taking photos of many a homeless hound for just that purpose. But then Rich’s camera got stolen during lunch that same day, and it seemed the idea would have to be shelved.

DSC_3375Happily, we got another shot at it (no pun intended) this year, when we returned to South America. Even better, I was able to expand the concept to take in several other Chilean cities (although Valparaiso still had my most-loved mutts).

DSC_3474The incredible number of stray dogs you come across wherever you go in Chile is clearly a country-wide problem. That being said, during our most recent trip, we leaned that not all the strays are uncared for, unwanted or unloved.

DSC_3512Apparently, owning a pet dog in Chile is a luxury most people can’t afford. As a result, many of the strays are sort of adopted by an unspoken local committee. People will often feed them as if they were there own pets, but on a part-time basis, when they are able. The rest of the time, they rely on other people in the neighbourhood doing likewise. Happily, this means that a surprising number of the strays are actually reasonably well fed.

A waiter in Valparaiso takes time out to say Hi to his friends

A waiter in Valparaiso takes time out to say Hi to his friends

Originally, I was going to call this post The Dogs of Valparaiso, or something like that. I have to admit to laughing out loud to myself when I came up with the name Chile Dogs! I hope you like it too!

Santiago

Laying claim to his heritage on Cerro Santa Lucia

Laying claim to his heritage on Cerro Santa Lucia

We met this cute little guy up on Cerro San Cristobal

We met this cute little guy up on Cerro San Cristobal

Vicuña

Gotta get home

Gotta get home

Town meeting

Town meeting

Time to do the grocery shopping

Time to do the grocery shopping

Dust bath

Dust bath

Always happy to make new friends

Always happy to make new friends

Coyhaique

Quick rest...

Quick rest…

...Before work

…Before heading off to work

Hanging out at Cascada de La Virgen (Falls of the Virgin)

Hanging out at Cascada de La Virgen (Falls of the Virgin)

Can I come?

Can I come?

Puerto Montt

Welcome to Puerto Montt!

Welcome to Puerto Montt!

Coming through!

Coming through!

Even the statues have dogs in Puerto Montt

Even the statues have dogs in Puerto Montt

Sunbathing in Puerto Varas

Sunbathing in Puerto Varas

OK, so these guys aren't strays... but the one in the foreground was having such fun I couldn't leave him out!

OK, so these guys aren’t strays… but the one in the foreground was having such fun I couldn’t leave him out!

Punta Arenas

Guarding Magellan

Guarding Magellan

I could really do with a brush

I could really do with a brush

I'm saving this for later

I’m saving this for later

Valparaiso

Now that looks comfortable!

Now that looks comfortable!

Guarding the bridge to the Ascensor Polanco

Guarding the bridge to the Ascensor Polanco

'Ole Blue Eyes

‘Ole Blue Eyes

Music lover

Music lover

I could go a bath

I could go a bath

You need me as a...

You need me as a…

...Greeter?

…Restaurant greeter?

The dog house

The dog house

Got places to be

Got places to be

I need a nap

I need a nap

Yeah, me too

Yeah, me too

Did some say nap?

Did someone say nap?

What a cutie

What a cutie

Dog at work

Dog at work

Cool cat...er...dog!

Cool cat…er…dog!

Wanna play?

Wanna play?

Can I help you?

Can I help you?

Best view in Valparaiso

Best view in Valparaiso

They locked me out!

They locked me out!

I'll be right with you

I’ll be right with you

Play time!!

Play time!!

It's my toy, go find your own!

It’s my toy, go find your own!

Buddies

Buddies

Shaggy dog story

Shaggy dog story

Need... A... Scraaatch!

Need… A… Scraaatch!

There must be something good in here

There must be something good in here

Lovin' the shade

Lovin’ the shade

Off to work, too

Off to work, too

Who needs pillows?

Who needs pillows?

Awwww!

Awwww!

Wanna share?

Wanna share?

Indoor / outdoor pups

Indoor / outdoor pups

How badly do you want to come up these stairs?

How badly do you want to come up these stairs?

It wouldn't be Valparaiso without a dog in the photo

It wouldn’t be Valparaiso without a dog in the photo

This post was inspired by the photo theme of Pets from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang

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Casas del Bosque Winery, Casablanca, Chile

Last year we travelled through the Casablanca Valley, one of Chile’s World-renowned wine making regions, on the way from Santiago to Valparaiso. Although we enjoyed the beauty of the landscape, with Rich and I not being wine drinkers and there being so many other things to do in the area, on that occasion we decided to give the wineries a miss.

Casablanca Valley

Casablanca Valley

Upon returning home, a friend who works in the wine industry (you know who you are… Amy!) was quick to point out the error of our ways. So, when we were lucky enough to pass through the Casablanca Valley once again this year, we seized the opportunity to correct our scandalous oversight.

Although the Casablanca Valley is an extremely young wine making region (the first grapes weren’t planted there until the mid-1980s), there are dozens of wineries to choose from. With the help of Antonio, our Santiago-based guide from AFIServices, we decided to visit the internationally known, Casas del Bosque.

Casas del Bosque

Casas del Bosque

Cases del Bosque entrance

Cases del Bosque entrance

Cases del Bosque, which means Houses of the Forest, was founded in 1993. It remains one of the few family owned and operated wineries in the Casablanca Valley.

Outdoor tasting area

Outdoor tasting area

Laboratory

Laboratory

As you would hope, our tour began out among the vines. Despite having a modest 573 acres under cultivation, Casas del Bosque’s Casablanca Valley vineyard grows three varieties of white grape (Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc) and two varieties of red grape (Syrah and Pinot Noir).

Vines close to the main building - every area within the vineyard has a unique soil type and micro-climate, each combination suited to a particular grape variety

Vines close to the main building – every area within the vineyard has a unique soil type and micro-climate, each combination suited to a particular grape variety

Down among the vines

Down among the vines

Young grapes

Young grapes

From the vines, our tour continued through the fermentation area…

Steel tanks in the fermentation area

Steel tanks in the fermentation area

DSC_3168DSC_3175…To the bottling section…

One of the bottling lines - can you spot the deliberate mistake?...

One of the bottling lines – can you spot the deliberate mistake?…

What a waste!

What a waste!

Lots and lots of bottles!

Lots and lots of bottles!

If you look carefully, you can see a reflection of Rich taking the photo!

If you look carefully, you can see a reflection of Rich taking the photo!

And again

And again

I love colours and depth of field in this photo

I love colours and depth of field in this photo

…Culminating the Barrel Aging Cellar.

Casas del Bosque use French oak barrels to age their wines

Casas del Bosque use French oak barrels to age their wines

There are quite a few of them

There are quite a few of them

As you can imagine, the smell in the Barrel Cellar was amazing

As you can imagine, the smell in the Barrel Cellar was amazing

Of course, whether or not you drink wine, it would be rude to visit a winery and not at least taste their product. In this regard, Rich and Sue were more than happy to be courteous!

The 242 Tasting Room at Casas del Bosque

The 242 Tasting Room at Casas del Bosque

Arty shot of wine glasses and reflections... but there's something missing...

Arty shot of wine glasses and reflections… but there’s something missing…

... That's better!

… That’s better!

I don't drink myself, but the aromas were wonderful!

I don’t drink myself, but the aromas were wonderful!

This post was inspired by the photo theme of  Happy from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Bottle from Jennifer Nichole Wells, and Reflective Surfaces from Nancy Merrill.

Feeling happy with Sue and Rich at Casas del Bosque

Feeling happy with Sue and Rich at Casas del Bosque

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