Thursday Doors – March 29, 2018

Valparaiso, Chile

This city has an amazing history of conflict, control, and earthquakes. Today, the city spreads high into the hills surrounding the natural bay. Here are a couple of shots to give you an idea of how it appears.


The snow covered mountain in the background is Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina. It is the tallest mountain in the world outside of Asia, at 22,837 feet.


Around the bay you will find many government and commercial buildings. In these lowland areas, most doors are covered with graffiti.



When you move up into the more residential hills, the graffiti is replaced with many artistic murals. The graffiti artists mostly respect these murals, leaving many building with beautiful artwork.





I want to close this post with a very bright building facade. This business is a liquor store.



Thursday Doors is a weekly feature on the blog Norm 2.0. Follow the link to see some of Norm’s wonderful door posts.


Contentment Loot

Do your best,

Your very, very best

To live your life

Without the strife.


Ignore the news.

It brings the blues.

You Facebook App

Is full of crap.


Hang up the phone.

Don’t bide the drone

From friends who think

You’re on the brink.


Sit quietly now.

For this is how

You make your way

Through every day.


Be kind to others,

They are your brothers.

They’ll come around

When peace is found.


They need to know

Ideas you sow

Will bear sweat fruit.

Contentment loot.

Thursday Doors – March 22, 2018

Doors of Buenos Aires, Argentina – March 4, 2018

We began our tour of Buenos Aires at La Recoleta Cemetery, where many famous Argentinians are buried, including the Eva Peron. This cemetery was rated by CNN in 2013 as one of the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world. As you can see from the featured image, there are walkways lined with crypts, each one trying to be more beautiful than the next.


Eva Peron’s crypt is small and less gaudy, although the people often bring flowers to decorate it.


Here is the plaque next to the crypt door:


Here are a few more pictures of some of the older crypts:




Each crypt plot has a family owner. The cemetery is completely full, so if you want to be buried there, you need to negotiate the sale of an existing crypt plot. You can then have yourself or a family member buried in the existing crypt, or you can tear the crypt down and build a new one more to your liking.




Our tour then moved to the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires to a small but colorful area called Caminito, where the building are painted in pastel and even some brighter colors, with artistic depictions of people hanging out of windows or standing on balconies.





Here are a couple of pictures of the neighborhood to give you a bit more flavor, even though they do not feature specific doors.






There are also many huge bank buildings in Buenos Aires. Here is a door from one of those building located across from the La Casa Rosada (the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina):


Here is an image of La Casa Rosada:


Our next stop will be Montevideo, Uraguay. Stay tuned.

South American Cruise – March 2018

This will be the first of a series of posts that document our South American cruise on the ms Zaandam from Holland America Lines. The featured image is the Albatross Memorial sculpture on the top of Hornos Island. The sculpture was unveiled in 1992 as a memorial to all of the sailors that lost their lives trying to round Cape Horn. This is a notoriously dangerous sea passage where you pass from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean if heading west. It is famous for its many storms and high waves rolling in from Antarctica, nearly 1,000 kilometers to the south.


Here is a picture of a real albatross in the water beside our ship.


Here is the point where we are about to make the ocean-to-ocean crossing of of this smaller island:


Here is a short movie of the crossing. The captain sounded the horn at the exact moment we crossed into the Pacific Ocean:

In the next several days, I will start posting from the beginning of our trip, which started in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I hope you all follow along. Comments are always appreciated.