Du 21 Septembre au 24 octobre 2011
460 km au Chile pour un total de près de 11 000km pour l’ensemble du voyage
L’objectif de notre voyage était de nous rendre à Valparaiso au Chili et voir si on pouvait trouver les traces de la famille éloignée de Katja. On savait que l’arrière grand-mère de Katja a vu le jour et repose à Valparaiso. On en savait guère plus...mais on a tout de même fait de Valparaiso la destination ultime de notre épopée sur deux roues. Nous avons pédalé un total de 10 943 km pour y arriver. Notre séjour au Chili décrit en grande partie la découverte de la famille Serrano, descendants des Choupay (père de Katja).
|Les dunes de Viña del Mar.|
|Que de belles routes...|
|Au cimetière de Valparaiso, la tombe des ancêtres de Katja|
|Concert privé inoubliable !|
|Accueil sans pareil chez les Donosos|
|Tico, artisan du cuir|
|Vignobles vallée d'Elqui|
|On fera un peu de fromage...mmmmm!|
|Repas au café Le Filou de Montpelier avec les Serranos|
|Fini les balades en vélo...hop, dans la boîte et dans l'avion!|
|Arrivée à Canmore|
Septembre 21 - octobre 24, 2011
460 km cycling in Chile - total trip: nearly 11 000 km
|Celebrating our arrival on the Pacific coast|
We are going to spend a few days around Los Andes. We find a camping spot over Miguel Angel and his wife and we decide to hang out with them. We are surrounded by vineyards from San Esteban Wine Estates and walnuts trees at arm reach. We meet some of their friends and share some meals. It’s very relaxing.
|First encounter with my Chilian family|
Before we left, we met with my long lost family on my father’s side, the Serrano’s. I knew my great grand-mother and my grand-mother were born in Valparaiso. My great grand-mother even died there after giving birth of her 4th daughter. My great grand-father who was German, took his daughters to Europe where my grand-mother married a Dane. The youngest stayed in Chile and I remember my grand-mother receiving letters from SA in Spanish, talking to
|Beautiful Decha...Gustavo's wife|
Gustavo Serrano’s grand-mother and my great grand-mother were sisters!!! So he was a cousin of my father! It was so exciting and we were going to meet…we decided to spend the day together in Valparaiso, we met by the statue, Gustavo came with his wife Decha and his daughter Catalina.
|Catalina and I at the beach|
They took us to the Serrano’s neighbourhood in Cerro Alegre, went to the local Anglican church where lives a beautiful organ. We got to hear an impromptu concert by the tuner who was happy to play Bach and to explain to us the intricacy of the organ….amazing moment. We went for lunch at «Le filou de Montpellier», a French restaurant serving fish and seafood…a walk on the beach with Catalina while her parents took a nap in the car…a last reunion at a fancy coffee shop by the sea and we gave our good-byes.
|Wild camping, easy to find in Chile.|
2 days later, we’re on our way north along the seashore where we were enjoying the views of the waves. We knew the Chileans were friendly but we didn’t expect to get invited so easily. In Horcòn, the local leather artist gave us the key to his house and spent the evening with us drinking wine and the next day, we got an invitation for a gourmet diner (2 sorts of fish) and a room from Jahim, the taxi man who had spent 30y in Switzerland!
|Bread making with Mamacita Donoso.|
|Goat farm in Martines en Pangalillo.|
|Santiago offers wonderful museums|
|Serranos house in El Monte|
ADIOS Y MUCHAS GRACIAS A TODOS LOS AMIGOS DEL VIAJE DE MEXICO A CHILE...
FUE UN PLACER DE CONOCER A TODOS Y ESPERAMOS DE VER USTEDES EN CANADA!
BIENVENIDOS A NUESTRA CASA.
Katja & Yves
Canmore, November 26, 2011