Valparaiso -- our first stop! We made it here on our first day after flying into Santiago. It's about a two hour bus ride north and to the coast.
I'm sure the pictures would be more enchanting in some summer sunshine, but it really is a very lovely city. The winter here is about like the summer weather we left in Seattle. :)
Most importantly... I found a nice yarn shop!
This is their front window display. They were closing as we walked by the first day. Today we went again with better luck.
Uh oh... A sweater's worth of sport-weight wool in a deep maroon! The owner was charming, and I think I'll "friend" her shop on Facebook, Tienda Claudia.
We spent the rest of the day walking steep, winding streets through faded Victorian neighborhoods.
It's very artsy. Here's a basement gallery. There are many little galleries and quaint cafes.