JD points out:
with the rescue of “los 33” from the mine and Presidente Piñera telling the world to come and visit Chile,today is a good day to post this
You might have seen the name Isla Negra on the shelves of your local wine merchant. It is also famous as the place where Pablo Neruda built himself a house. In case you don’t know he was Chile’s most famous poet and a Nobel prize winner.
The house and the stuff he collected to put in it are really amazing. It is not really a museum nor is it a shrine to the man and his works. It is just his house, or one of them, I was lucky in that I was working in Chile at the time so I didn’t have to pay to get there but I would say it is worth travelling half way round the world just to see this place.
(Sorry my pictures don’t really do it justice.)
This is the first thing you see, even before going through the gate into the house and the grounds. It is a steam engine, made in Lincolnshire! You cannot help but like a man who puts a steam engine in his garden even if it is never going anywhere again!
Two views of the gardens at the back of the house. Does that look like an ideal place to live? Or does it look like a perfect place to live? This is one of the places I would love to go back to, the location of this house is about as good as it gets. Not too remote but incredibly peaceful. Just imagine sitting in your garden or even in your front room (see below) and watching the waves……
Two more views; the front garden. In the left hand picture, the steam engine is hidden by that tree on the right and as you follow the path round to the left you come to what you see in the other picture.
There was no photography allowed in the house so I’ve taken the following two pictures from the souvenir book about the man and his house. (Yes, I fell for the tourist trap shop but the book is pretty good).
Overhead view into the main living room, window onto the sea is at the left. Among other things, Neruda collected old ship’s figureheads one of which you can see on the left. According to the young lady who was leading a party of tourists through the room, one of the figureheads was from the ship of “the famous English pirate Captain Morgan.”
The picture was taken from a balcony running along two sides of the room and this balcony was his library complete with armchair and small side table.
A very beautiful and peaceful part of the world. It is easy to see why he wanted to live there.
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