PHEBESS's SparkPeople Blog PHEBESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The National Fine Arts Museum of Santiago - Unexpected! I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago - wow, what a thought-provoking experience! The major exhibit was a collection of paintings that the museum owns, but exhibited in a manner that invites the viewer to question traditional values of masculinity and male behaviors. All I can say is wow! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/museo-nacional-bellas-artes-santiago.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> The museum itself is a beautiful building! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately,... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:36:09 EST In the art museum neighborhood of Santiago, Chile We're back in Santiago, and we're in a little apartment near the art museums. Whole other feel here, with tons of little cafes, lots of ethnic restaurants, and the huge park that runs along the river. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/our-first-week-in-belles-artes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the building of the Museum of Contemporary Art, and a lovely little painting there: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:07:52 EST The Art Museum of Buenos Aires We had our last week in Buenos Aires, and are heading back to Santiago, Chile, early tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> I finally made it to the art museum - with this wet autumn weather, it was a nice warm place to stay inside but still get in some walking! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/04/el-museo-nacional-de-belles-artes<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> And a couple of favorites: Berthe Morisot lovely young women, and Edgar Degas's ballet dancers. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:02:47 EST Montevideo, Uruguay! We're only spending a week here, for a variety of reasons. But really enjoying Montevideo, and we'll be back next year in spring or summer - when it's sunnier and warmer! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/04/montevideo-in-color.html </link> <BR> <BR> Maybe when the weather looks more like the flag or the sidewalk markers. (Isn't this one of the most cheerful national flags ever????): <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:02:45 EST Festas, Fiestas, Festivals, and More Demonstrations It seems as if we've been in Buenos Aires for all kinds of protests and all kinds of holidays. Friday was some demo, yesterday was the anniversary of the war over the Falkland Islands, and today we stumbled on an Italian festival. We're having fun and participating in Argentinian life, as well as enjoying Argentinian food and culture. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/04/fiestas-festas-and-manifestations<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> I loved the Italian festival b... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 22:48:05 EST More adventures in Buenos Aires When in a foreign country, even the simplest task can become an adventure. I had major problems trying to mail two postcards. You wouldn't think it would be so difficult! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/03/going-postal.html </link> <BR> <BR> And tango is still my favorite new cardio! Worked up quite a sweat on Monday, we had enough men attending class so every woman could dance all the way through class! Tue, 29 Mar 2016 21:39:05 EST Argentina's Day of Remembrance Argentina has a recent bloody history, the military coup being only 40 years old. There was a march and demonstration yesterday, with signs all over, and a banner with photos of the 30,000 people who disappeared during the military regime. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/03/day-of-remembrance-for-truth-and-<BR>justice.html </link> <BR> <BR> I think this might be why Gauchito Gil is so revered: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:01:54 EST Leaving Patagonia and its folk hero saint Patagonia has been fascinating - unique landscapes, roads vanishing into the sky, animals we've never seen before - no wonder the name is legendary! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/03/dusty-days-patagonia-ways.html </link> <BR> <BR> And I learned all about Gauchito Antonio Gil - there are red shrines and red flags for him all over. He's the Argentinian Robin Hood. Really! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:35:24 EST Where the desert meets the sea We're still having a great time wandering around Patagonia - we went to a wildlife refuge peninsula and saw elephant seal calves, a few more penguins, and so many guanacos I lost count! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/03/peninsula-valdes-and-onward.html </link> <BR> <BR> Now we're slowly making our way back to Buenos Aires, exploring some of the small beach towns of the Argentinian coast. But we're still south of the Colorado River here, so officially this is ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:46:20 EST Make Way for Penguins! LOTS of penguins, a bunch of guanacos, and a marauding armadillo - plus I walked nearly 5 miles up and down hills on gravel paths (tracked as walking, but almost more like hiking). Great time, and I love penguins!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/03/make-way-for-penguins.html </link> <BR> <BR> And here's a guanaco: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And one of the 125 penguin photo... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:32:03 EST Discrimination in South America We spent some time talking with native South Americans, the Mapuche people, who were holding a protest in Viedma, trying to get their tribal lands returned. <BR> <BR> What can I say, we've noticed discrimination on this continent, and here was our chance to ask questions, get answers, and show our support for the indigenous people. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/03/politics-in-patagonia-mapuche.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 8 Mar 2016 22:51:58 EST Back in Patagonia We're in the Argentinian side of Patagonia, which is totally different than in Chile. This side is full of grasslands and plains. And swamps, though we haven't found them yet. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/03/patagonia-landscape.html </link> <BR> <BR> Plus lots and lots of pampas grass, which is soft and fuzzy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 22:03:41 EST Road tripping in Argentina We're on day 3 of our road trip - haven't gotten very far, this country is gigantic and enormous! But we're in the flat region, so driving is pretty easy. <BR> <BR> Today was rainy so we stayed in our hotel and took a day off. And relaxed. Because driving is all on DH, and I'm the navigator and co-pilot - also not the easiest job since neither of us is fluent in Spanish. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/03/from-azul-town-to-azure-skies.html </link> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 22:23:15 EST Adventures in Tango Dancing A friend from tango class wanted to try the tango practicum at a restaurant near our hotel, so I went with her today. I'm way too shy to just dance with some random man, because the tango necessitates holding each other closely. But it was fun, and I got some photos of people dancing - so here it is, tango in Buenos Aires! (Of course, professional tango dancers look much more dramatic, but we're working on it!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/03/adventures-in-t... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:32:54 EST The Cemetery of Recoleta, Buenos Aires We're still walking around the city, and I'm still enjoying my tango classes. <BR> <BR> But we're exploring other neighborhoods as well, and Recoleta was recommended. There's a huge old cemetery there, going back a couple hundred years, with some of the most incredible graves I've ever seen! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/02/dancing-through-recoleta.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 Feb 2016 21:52:57 EST We checked out a protest march! I'm still having a great time with my tango classes. <BR> <BR> But on Wednesday, we went to see what was going on with a nation-wide strike and protest demonstration, right by our hotel. Seems as if almost all government workers were out there marching, or at least everyone in Buenos Aires! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/02/tangoes-and-civil-disobedience.html </link> <BR> <BR> It was pretty exciting! <BR> <BR> And fortunately, quite peaceful, even if it was... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:20:49 EST Cafe Tortoni, Casa Rosada We finally made it to Cafe Tortoni, a classic Old World cafe in Buenos Aires, open since 1858. Gorgeous and posh and just lovely. <BR> <BR> I also visited Casa Rosada, the presidential palace and executive office. And yes, it's a rose pink color. Kind of crazy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/02/just-couple-of-landmarks.html </link> <BR> <BR> Cafe Tortoni was named for the Parisian cafe of the same name. Where Edouard Manet painted an anonymous man in his... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:29:45 EST Dancing my way across South America I took my first tango lesson at the Academia Nacional del Tango - great fun! Couldn't get my husband to go with me, but I love dancing! Most fun cardio, I get to feel graceful and seductive, and this is the national dance of Argentina! How could I go wrong? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/02/first-tango-in-buenos-aires.html </link> <BR> <BR> I had a great time, even though I seemed to cause problems for my dance partner, LOL! Though he managed to break one ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:55:27 EST Buenos Aires, Argentina!!!!! We've been here a few days, and we're enjoying this huge city - some 15 million people live here!!!!! But the city is also over 400 years old, with beautiful old buildings and a hopping night life. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6/02/arriving-in-buenos-aires.html </link> <BR> <BR> Though we haven't explored much of the night life, we're still trying to not get too lost! <BR> <BR> It's a gorgeous city by the Atlantic, and we're having a great time! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:37:10 EST A One-Painting Art Exhibit Botticelli!!! Somehow there was an exhibit of one of Botticelli's paintings here in Santiago. It was gorgeous! Luminous! And with its own history. Simonetta Vespucci as the Madonna! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/a-gift-for-chile.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a tiny copy of the painting: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Feb 2016 19:22:23 EST Chocolate Cake For Breakfast No, this isn't me. I really don't advocate chocolate cake for breakfast. <BR> <BR> But an interesting research study found that people who ate some of their favorite foods, including dessert at breakfast time, actually lost more weight after 32 weeks than their counterparts on a low-carb diet. <BR> <BR> The researchers also found that if we humans totally cut certain foods out of our eating, especially those favorite foods, we begin to obsess about them <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:02:59 EST Pre-Columbian Art, and Street Musicians Love the culture of Santiago! The museum was fabulous, and there always seems to be some free musical performance going on somewhere on our street, which is a pedestrian shopping walk. <BR> <BR> Fascinating artwork, flirty dancers, and classical music students - LOVE!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/from-pre-columbian-art-to-street-musi<BR>c.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:58:35 EST The Ruta del Vino - the Route of the Wine! We spent a day in Santa Cruz, Chile, in the heart of the wine making region. Ended up not drinking any, but had a fun time wandering around town and seeing the sights. We're now back in Santiago, ready for some museum time. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/on-ruta-del-vino.html </link> <BR> <BR> And our lunch restaurant had grapes! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:30:34 EST The Detour to End all Detours Travel in a foreign country where one is not fluent in the language is always more interesting. <BR> <BR> Until understanding the language becomes essential. <BR> <BR> We were driving. The highway was closed. The detour wasn't marked. We followed people, but had no idea where we were going. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/rolling-into-los-angeles.html </link> <BR> <BR> Yeah, sometimes a plan can be a good idea! Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:56:53 EST Chile's Lake District We decided to spend a day or so in the Lake District. SO gorgeous here, with a huge blue lake and a giant snow-covered volcano opposite our cabana! Lots of walking, just taking in the atmosphere of a small, quaint town called the "jewel of the Chilean south." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/in-reflection-of-volcano.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'd add a photo, but there are SO many in the blog! Gotta see this volcano to believe it - looks like Fujiyama! <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:00:47 EST Cruising Archipelagos and Fjords!!!!! I went on a day cruise around the Chiloe Archipelago - saw penguins and dolphins playing in the freezing cold water - they were happy and I was happy to see them! <BR> <BR> This part of Chile has unique wooden churches built by Spanish boat builders - so unique, the region has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. <BR> <BR> And we had this amazing meal, curanto, sort of like a clambake but with chicken, ham, sausage as well as clams and mussels - and potato cakes. HUGE meal! Of course... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:46:20 EST The PENGUIN Blog I went out on a little boat just to see the Magellenic penguins of Chile - so much fun, adorable little penguins who sang (or yelled) to us and clowned around and slid down kelp - I really had a great time! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/patagonia-ii-isla-chiloe-and-pinguino<BR>s.html </link> <BR> <BR> Though if you want to go chronologically, this blog really should go first, because it's our time driving from Temuco to Osorno - the beginning of Patagonia! <BR... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:45:23 EST Driving around Chile I'm finally caught up on my photos and blogging - we took two nights in one spot to rest up, do laundry, and catch up on blogging. <BR> <BR> We're about halfway to where we're heading, but we're back on the highway, so we'll be able to head south faster. Almost to Patagonia!!!! <BR> <BR> Part 1 includes the coast, and the agricultural region: <link><BR>/driving-chile-part-i.html </link> <BR> <BR> Part 2 is our drive through the coastal mountains,... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:53:43 EST Sometimes the Adventure is On Hold It took four days of running around to get our medications out of Customs - ugh! We kept getting wrong information, so it took forever - but we finally have our meds, and now we can just play! <BR> <BR> Although the plan is to head south, so we rented a car. Chile doesn't have trains covering the entire country, so this is the easiest way to go. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/sometimes-adventure-is-on-hold.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:40:19 EST New Year's Eve Celebrations in Chile! Had a great time last night - HUGE fireworks even, possibly the largest in South America! Plus some of the funny and interesting customs for NYE here in Chile - like wearing bright sunshine yellow underwear! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/happy-new-year-chilean-way.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:37:54 EST Caballeros dancing, Neruda flying! There are all kinds of festivities going on in Chile right now, which makes for a colorful time while we walk around and explore this fabulous city! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/dancing-in-street.html </link> <BR> <BR> These are the caballeros - though they might be gauchos, I'm not sure what's the difference. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:02:28 EST Christmas in Chile We've been in Santiago, Chile, for two days now. The weather is absolutely gorgeous - this is summer, the sky is a clear bright blue, and days are long and sunny. Wonderful weather! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/summer-and-sunshine-in-santiago.html </link> <BR> <BR> After the overcast skies of most of Peru, and the chill of Quito, Ecuador, we're thrilled to be here! <BR> <BR> Christmas is quiet, but that gives us a chance to catch up on reading, computer wo... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 17:00:08 EST Peru Wrap Up Where we stayed, where we went. I have photos some place, maybe still on my camera. Oh well, I'll have to add them later, things are pretty much packed! <BR> <BR> We fly to Chile tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/peru-wrap-up.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:58:52 EST Machu Picchu!!!!!! Spent most of the day at Machu Picchu - had a fabulous time! Walked close to 4 miles, up and down stairs and around and across and all over!!!! Absolutely wonderful!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/machu-picchu-machu-picchu.html </link> <BR> <BR> The blog is full of photos, but I think this is my favorite photo from the end of the day, when the llamas were headed back to their enclosure: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Dec 2015 23:52:30 EST Remnants of Incan Culture in Cuzco We're currently - and finally! - at our hotel just outside Machu PIcchu!!!! Tomorrow we will spend most of the day at the citadel, or national park, or whatever one chooses to call it. <BR> <BR> But there are Inca ruins and structures all over Cuzco, and I wanted to share that information. I found it unbelievable that what I was seeing really was Incan, even though it looked like it. I finally asked, and yes, our bank was a former (500+ year old) Inca palace!!!!!! <BR> <BR> WOW! <BR> <B... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:29:02 EST The Machu Picchu Museum in Cuzco We're still having fun wandering around in Cuzco. I finally went to the Machu Picchu Museum, which houses all the artefacts that Hiram Bingham found, bought, and either legitimately sent out of Peru or just flat out smuggled out of the country. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/museo-de-machu-picchu.html </link> <BR> <BR> It was fascinating! The museum is in an old colonial home, built on top of Inca royal residences! How amazing! <BR> <BR> And just some Inca ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:07:29 EST Best souvenir EVER!!!! DH bought me a new wedding band here in Cuzco - best souvenir ever, really! <BR> <BR> The background - when we got married, DH gave me his uncle's wedding band. (This uncle and aunt never had kids, and they spoiled DH, who was the baby of all the cousins.) DH wore his father's wedding band, that's what we used for his ring at the wedding. <BR> <BR> Well, when diving in Indonesia, somehow DH lost his wedding ring. We were both upset, it was sentimental, but, well, things happen. So a few... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 23:17:33 EST Cuzco, Peru We're having a good time in Cuzco, before we head off to Machu Picchu. Cuzco is the former capital of the Inca Empire, so there's plenty to see and do here! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/cuzco-layers-of-peruvian-history.html </link> <BR> <BR> The blog is full of great photos, but this is probably the best one: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:54:01 EST Museum of the Nation, Lima, Peru We tried a museum - the only exhibit open was really depressing, so I insisted we go to the cat park and I could get some kitty therapy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/we-tried-museum.html </link> <BR> <BR> But spring is here, and Lima is lovely. Plus we head to Cuzco and Machu Picchu tomorrow. So life can't be all depressing, right? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 23:25:07 EST Lima - Mosaics, Murals, and Color!!!!! We're having fun in Lima, decided to stay an extra week. Plus it seems to take a while to make travel arrangements, so we're just enjoying being here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/crazily-colorful-lima.html </link> <BR> <BR> So, my two favorite murals, and DH met some animal friends on the road. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 4 Dec 2015 18:20:54 EST Lima, Peru!!!!! We're having great fun in Lima - we've been here two days and have walked all around our neighborhood. Discovered a park full of kitties - FUN! - and I attended a workshop today on making chocolate truffles and ganache - YUM! <BR> <BR> So how can life be bad? <BR> <BR> The kitty park: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/lima-part-1-cat-park.html </link> <BR> <BR> And the chocolate workshop: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/lima-part-2-c... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:46:34 EST Travel Fashion - for the 40-50-60-70+ year olds My latest article published with Travel Fashion Girl focuses on travel fashion for the not-so-young-except-at-heart crowd. I recommend one vendor (online and stores) whose clothing I love. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-for-women-over-50/ </link> <BR> <BR> Really, maybe 30% of my travel clothes are from here!!! (They also carry plus sizes, petite, and tall!!!!) <BR> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:21:37 EST Blue-footed boobies, and turtles!!!! We had a great boat tour last week, even if DH and I thought it was too cold for snorkeling. We saw nesting frigates, blue-footed boobies, friendly sea lions. <BR> <BR> The absolute best, though, was a beach along a sheltered bay. Perfect aqua water and golden sand, not another person in sight, just our small boat of intrepid travellers. And turtles! Marine turtles on the beach, in the bay, all over!!!!! It was turtle mating season, and this bay was meet-greet-hook-up central!!!! Fa... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:10:05 EST Exercising the Galapagos Way We've been walking all around our section of Santa Cruz, the island we're staying on during our time in the Galapagos. <BR> <BR> But of course, there are other islands with other things to see and do. So we took a boat tour to Isla Bartolome - hiked up a volcanic hill for the amazing view, and then snorkeled around in the ocean hoping to see some penguins. I didn't see any penguins, nor did I manage to snorkel very far - the boat ran out of fins in my size, plus the water was REALLY cold -... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:34:26 EST We're in the Galapagos!!!!!!! Really, this is one of those must-do dream trips! And we're finally here! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/seals-sea-lions-giant-tortoises.html </link> <BR> <BR> I spent half my morning at the fish market, watching the antics of the seals and sea lions who beg for fish scraps. Really, they're the most amusing animals, almost like dogs, with expressive eyes and willing to be clowns to get attention. Just so funny! <BR> <BR> Then the giant tortoises who keep t... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:26:45 EST Enjoying Guayaquil We went to the central market, which is full of cats - for a reason! I'm a big cat lover, so I thought it was wonderful! <BR> <BR> Then on to the cathedral. Walking along the riverfront (the malecon). <BR> <BR> And crazy public art all over one building! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/the-cat-guards-of-central-market.html </link> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we fly to the Galapagos - looking forward to this legendary place! <BR> <BR> Until then, here's the head c... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 23:57:35 EST Coast road, and on into Guayaquil We had a great time in Puerto Lopez, relaxing on the beach as well as walking around town and talking to various people. Great little village! <BR> <BR> Then an insane drive back to the city of Guayaquil at the end of the holiday weekend, only to get totally lost, ask the police for some help, and ending up having a personal police escort, lights flashing, to guide us on our way. <BR> <BR> I'm just sorry I didn't take a photo of our friendly Ecuadorean cops through our windshield!!! <BR> ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:28:23 EST The Ruta Del Sol We're travelling along the coast of Ecuador, heading vaguely north, and of course having fun along the way. <BR> <BR> We spent Halloween in Montanita, today we're in Puerto Lopez for the Day of the Deceased. This holiday is celebrated more in the mountains, and not so much here along the coast. <BR> <BR> But it's warm, it's beautiful, and we're having a great time! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1/the-spondylus-route.html </link> <BR> <BR> Our route: <BR> <BR... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 14:25:49 EST Another article published I published another article with Travel Fashion Girl - this one is on budget-priced plus size clothing. (I'm in that weird sizing that's somewhere between "normal" and "plus" - you know, where many designers stop at size 12, and then the plus size clothing is too big. I know I'm not the only one with that problem.) <BR> <BR> So, here's the article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-clothing-for-travel/ </link> <BR> <BR> And I'll return to our travels tomorrow!... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 21:54:49 EST We saw wild alpacas!!!!!!!!! I can't tell you how thrilling this was, just driving through the Andes and seeing a flock of alpacas just grazing on the side of the road!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Lots of other interesting stuff too, but wow, alpacas! so cute, so fuzzy, so cuddly! <BR> <BR> Part 1 - <link><BR>0/when-in-cuenca-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> and Part 2 - <link><BR>0/alpacas-or-cuenca-part-2.html </link> <BR> <BR> And here are the c... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 01:34:31 EST