The garden at Isla Negra was located in such a lovely spot overlooking the ocean. There were several large pieces of art accenting different sections, including this one. I don't know the significance of this particular piece, but it was striking. There was definitely an arty feel to the landscape design, which featured varied plantings, flowers...more
I wanted to include more pictures from Casa de Isla Negra since the view was so beautiful!. Once again these were taken from the garden looking towards the beach area. It was a hot afternoon, so bathers were actually going in the water. Currents from Antarctica keep the water cold around parts of Chile, but there didn't seem to be a problem on this...more
Pablo Neruda was born Ricardo Eliecer Neftali Reyes Basoalto in 1904. At the age of 13 he published his first essay in the local newspaper. He soon was devoting most of his time to writing, his reputation growing. Although finding success, he had no money to speak of so worked in the diplomatic service for many years.Neruda wrote poems on common...more
Although experiencing success with his writing, Neruda was not financially independent so he turned to diplomatic service. While working as special consul for Spanish emigration, Neruda was responsible for shipping 2,000 Spanish refugees to Chile. These refugees had been placed in rundown camps by the French. He arranged for them to be transported...more
This is the perfect place for dreaming up poems about the sea and it is understood that Pablo Neruda feared the sea, although he loved it. The nearest he would get to it was in this boat, which was situated in his garden... firmly situated. We were told that he enjoyed having an adult beverage in this vessel, while enjoying his view of the ocean...more
Just as the inside of Neruda's home was accented with interesting and original pieces, his garden was likewise. Not only did we appreciate the breath-taking view of the ocean, but we got to experience the tranquility of his garden. Groups of pelicans flew overhead, beachgoers romped in the waves and a gentle ocean breeze cooled us as we explored...more
Pablo Neruda's home was unique, each room showcasing some type of original collection. Whether it was figureheads, ships in bottles or insects it became obvious that Neruda was a collector!Although we saw most of the rooms, there were a few that were closed to the public--his bar being one of these rooms. This room held a collection of bottles...more
A walk along the outside of the house provided a close up view of the interesting architecture. Isla Negra is one of three homes owned by Pablo Neruda. The home contained 15 rooms, 11 of which were open for the tour.Rooms of his homes are narrow with low ceilings, to approximate the feeling one has on ships. Nautical instruments, old maps, ships in...more
Pablo Neruda was entranced by the sea, yet intimidated by it. His homes reflect his interest in all things nautical. Figureheads were in many rooms of the house. A favorite figurehead called Marie Celeste was said to weep, but actually tears building up around her eyes was caused by a reaction to moisture. Pablo amazed his friends when he showed...more
Although I described this restaurant as a great place to have dessert, it offered other items, too. We sampled a tasty lemon pie ($1.800 pesos) and Panqueque ($2.200). I had velvety vanilla ice cream with two thin cookies ($1.500 pesos) **$2.500 is approx. equiv. to $5.00 U.S.
This small, cozy eatery had indoor and outdoor dining. It was a cute place to grab a bite to eat.
Favorite Dish: I would say dessert--