It’s always the unexpected change in plans that are the best part of travel. It’s so common it sounds like a cliche.
Our plan was to visit a giant cross. Every night in La Serena, we go down to the beach and watch the sun set behind a giant cross up on a hill. Every night we say, “We really should go over and check out that cross.”
Our guidebook explains that it is the Cruz del Tercer Milenio in the nearby town of Coquimbo. Our guidebook also says it’s open until 10:00pm every night.
So, last night we drove over to check out the cross. Coquimbo is a port town built into the hills. It was only a few minutes away by car, but it had a completely different feel than La Serena.
After driving through town, out of town, and up a hill, then walking several blocks we found the cross to be closed.
So, we did the next best thing, or maybe something even better. We walked around town. Maybe it was the time of day, or just the town, but there was such a peaceful feel to the streets. Kids talked to us, dogs stared at us, and adults smiled when we walked by.
I love taking photos of houses and doors. It was almost like the dogs were purposely posing for me. A few cats and kids were also ready for a closeup.
If we had planned to take dog photos in Coquimbo I’m sure either they wouldn’t have been out, or they would have run away or something. Sometimes you can’t plan it, you just have to let it happen.
We also ran into this group of kids who asked us our names. Jeff they could handle but Sheryl was not only impossible for them to say, it was hysterically funny to them.
12 thoughts on “Coquimbo – dogs, cats and a few kids”
Love these! What beautiful photos with SO much personality!
Thanks! Those dogs were incredible, oh and the cats and kids were pretty amazing too. 🙂
Loved the photos – especially the dogs and I guess that cat peeking out.
I wasn’t planning on taking any pictures of cats, but that one was really cute.
Great photos! Any large tsunami waves come your way? Stay safe and keep the fun photos coming!
We got really lucky, they evacuated us, but the waves were small and didn’t cause any damage.
Excellent dog and cat photos! I could totally see those photos as part of a calendar, or sold as poster prints. Also loved the video of the kids trying to say “Sheryl”. Such giggles! That was too funny. 🙂
Thank you! Those dogs and cats were practically posing for me. 🙂 Now I know why adults here won’t even begin to try to pronounce my name.
Particularly fond of the ragamuffin pictured second in your lineup. Thank you for a bright spot on our rainy day.
I love that little guy. They were all so cute. Good thing we have too much luggage, or we’d have adopted a dog or two to take back with us. Good thing I already know traveling with 4 giant suitcases, a bike and a dog is too much.
That was so cute. Paris especially loved the giggling kids. I’m not sure how you got those dogs to pose so well. You will have to take some of Paris.
That town was magical in that all the dogs were so photogenic. I’ve tried taking photos of dogs in so many other areas and they just run away. Paris would be super fun to take photos of.