Monthly Archives: June 2014

‘Visiting Punta Arenas, Chile, Part-III’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

With the beating of Spain by the Chilean football team yesterday, it is in order to begin this article by talking a little about Chile-the country and its people before coming to the town of Punta Arenas (Tiera Del Fuego).Chile 300 95One peculiarity of Chile is its geographical formation. It looks like a lon line on the map. It has a population of 17.46 million and an impressive  life expectancy of 79.2 years.

1024px-Estadio_Nacional_de_Chile_2 580 75And yes, football is the most popular game in Chile. Here is the impressive Estadio Nacional de Chile  or the National Stadium of Chile in Santiago. (Photo source: Wikipedia). 

Construction of this stadium began in February 1937 and the stadium was inaugurated on December 3, 1938. The architecture was based on the Olympia stadion in Berlin, Germany. The stadium was one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup in 1962, and hosted the final where Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1. It was renovated extensively in 2009.

Michelle_Bachelet_foto_campaña 280 95The Chilean president Her Excellency Ms. Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria. (Photo source: Wikipedia)

Her Excellency Ms. Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria is the President of Chile since 11 March 2014. She previously served as President from 2006–2010, becoming the first woman in her country to do so. After leaving the presidency, she was appointed the first executive director of the newly created United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). She is a medical doctor by training.

And now let us move over to Punta Arenas, Part-III. For accessing Part-I and Part-II of my earlier photo articles on visiting Punta Arenas please click at the following links: http://traveltalk.co.in/?p=2284 & http://traveltalk.co.in/?p=2379

DSC09031 480 66Statue of Ferdinand Magellan c. 1480 – 27 April 1521.

He was a Portuguese explorer who became known for having organised and captained the first expedition from Europe to Asia by the west, moving around the  Americas by south and crossing the Pacific Ocean for the first time, which resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth.

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A native inhabitant shown below the statue of the conqueror.

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DSC09052 480 40Impressive wall paintings.

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DSC09048 480 40Now that is a very colourful kids school

DSC09046 480 40Faculty of Music, University of Magallanes, Punta Arenas.

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Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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‘A suave little Mexican lady’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

P1440496 580 95I was charmed by the poise and sartorial elegance of this little lady, whom I saw somewhere in Mexico. Look at her tunic and smart skirt, her shoes, a hanky in hand, a scarf around her neck and the way hair has been tied up on one side!

Oh, how much I would have loved to have a grand daughter like her!

God bless you little lady!

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Photo, text & copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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‘Punta Arenas, Chile, Part-II’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I hope you have seen my earlier photo article on Punta Arena (http://traveltalk.co.in/?p=2284). This is Part II. Take a look at some more scenes from this lovely town.

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Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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‘Grace in simplicity – a breakfast in Tehran’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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During the Group trip to Iran, we stayed in a very modest hotel in Tehran. (Tehran Parastoo Hotel, D Jomhouri Ave, Mohammad Beyk St, Tehran, Iran. Tel (+98)(21)(66708571)(66702422) & Fax (+98)(21)(66720839). It had no lift.

The Reception was managed in turns by a late middle aged couple. However the hotel rooms very neat and clean and the Reception very polite and helpful. As with the rest of the hotel, the breakfast too was very frugal. But the welcome point was that the lady from the Reception would come to each table, say hello and try to make polite conversation with the guests in her fairly good English.

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I loved their simple but elegant crockery.

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Believe me this is a machine made bread (roti)

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‘Paragmahal, Kutch, Bhuj, India’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

P1480467 580 75Paragmahal, Darbargarh, Bhuj, Kutch, India

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‘5000 year old Egyptian monuments’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

P1300984 580 75The most impressive structures made by humans that I have seen are in Egypt. Here is one 5,000 year old building. Look at the sheer size of the pillars as compared to the people standing.

A detailed photo article will soon follow on this website.

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‘Valparaiso, Chile: Where Street Art Rules’ by Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott

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‘…   …  Street art in Valparaiso is taken seriously and is supported by both local businesses and local government. Perhaps this is why the quality and quantity of urban murals and quality artistry across Valparaiso is so high. Clearly, we weren’t the only ones impacted by what we’d seen. It is common to see pedestrians stopped in their tracks to admire a work of street art…   …’.

For reading the article please click at the following link:http://www.gadventures.com/blog/valparaiso-chile-where-street-art-rules  /?utm_campaign=G%20Newsletter%202014.06.06%20General&utm_medium=email&utm_source=g.newsletter

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‘Kaudiyala on the Ganges- for rafting & boating’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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About an hour’s drive from Rishikesh, a short distance from Shivpuri, lies Kaudiyala. Garwhal Mandal Vikas Nigam has 8 prefabricated rooms all facing the Ganges. GMVNL runs a restaurant there too.

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For more information try: http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/touristbunglows/

Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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‘Visiting Punta Arenas, Chile, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

punta arenas 580 80Let us locate Punta Arenas on the map of the world.267px-Chile_location_map.svg punta arenasAnd then on the map of Chile

DSC09055 580 95A welcome board to the city.

Punta Arenas is located in the southern most part of Chile. It is a commune and the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena. The city was officially renamed Magallanes in 1927, but in 1938 it was changed back to Punta Arena
The city has a population of 122,850. Universidad de Magallanes is also located here. I had the chance to visit this town for a day. Let me share some photos with my readers.DSC09015 480 50Hostal Oro Fueguino, Punta Arenas, Chile. Website: http://www.orofueguino.cl/english/

DSC09061 480 85On entering the Hostal (a hostel, called hostal in Spanish, is generally cheaper than a hotel and usually has fewer amenities) where I was to stay, my eyes immediately caught the Indian made decoration frill curtain.  I took this photo in the mirror- selfie of sorts…DSC09062 580 66Radhe Shyam

Cathedral of Punta ArenasCathedral of Punta Arenas was just about a quarter of a km from the Hostal. (Photo source: website of the Hostal)

DSC09038 450 90While taking a walk in the city, I came across these smart police officers. I told them that I was from India and they readily agreed to pose for me.DSC09039 450 95They insisted that I hold the leash of their dog while one of them took my photo. I am not a dog lover but it was a very friendly gesture on the part of the Police Officers and I couldn’t have said ‘No, thank you!DSC09058 420 40I took this photo of a dustbin for two reasons- one it was a very ornately graceful dustbin and secondly to remind myself of how impeccably clean this city was. As an Indian , I felt ashamed in my heart at how dirty our cities and towns are.DSC09060 420 20Another good looking public facility- the bus stand.

DSC09059 480 50Bright and colourful Tourism Information kiosk.

DSC09057 580 40A cloth shop.DSC09056 420 40 Ah…I caught this man ‘red handed’ as he was giving the final coat of red paint to this kiosk

DSC09049 420 50A poster in Spanish, presumably explaining about the process of governmkent’s consultation with the original native Chileans.

DSC09064 480 20This was an unusual decoration that I found in the lounge of the Hostal- sliced and dried oranges and lemons

(To be continued…)

Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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‘A rose is a rose, is a rose… somewhere in Iran’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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 Photos, text & copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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