Today Was George Harrison & Quintana Vergara Park
First, The Weather
I think I might have mentioned that the weather’s taken a not unexpected turn for the worse down here. We’ve gone from this:
in a few short weeks. By Wednesday I was noticing that I couldn’t remember the last time I had seen the sun. Also on Wednesday, the sun made an effort to appear, but didn’t make it until about 7:00 p.m., a little late to do anything useful. Yesterday was better; after several hours of effort it made it out by mid-afternoon, and today dawned bright, sunny, and cool. It actually took me a minute to figure out why it was so much brighter this morning than usual, it’s been that long. So Here Comes the Sun was quite literally running through my head all day. It could be a long fall, but here you go for your listening pleasure.
Quintana Vergara Park
In honor of this beautiful weather, and it did warm up nicely by the time Joel was out of school at 1:30, we decided to finally make a visit to Viña’s most famous and I believe largest park, Quintana Vergara. The park is the former estate of the founder of Viña del Mar, Jose Francisco Vergara and family. The built their home here in 1910 after their former home was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. Eventually they sold the land to the city, and their home is now a museum. Unfortunately, it was damaged in the Concepción earthquake of 2010 and is now closed for repairs, which seem to be planned but not actually occurring due to lack of funds.
Nonetheless, it is still a nice little park to walk around in, and was being enjoyed by quite a few people on this nice day. It was just nice to spend a little time away from all the concrete and noise (although the noise wasn’t that far away). So here are some not very good pictures of our little jaunt and the quake damaged museum/former home. I’m sure we’ll be back and I’ll do better next time. I also notice that there aren’t really any parky pictures of the landscaping and plants. Sorry, but I think that’s mostly because there were people everywhere and I didn’t want to invade their privacy (and many of them clearly were seeking a little private together time, if you know what I mean).