La Chascona, in the Bellavista District
This is where Neruda spent his last days. His dear Chascona, now a museum as well, is very moving.
Students and tourists gather in this district which is the confluence of the University of Chile's School of Law, a daily handicraft fair and an emblematic place for lovers of poetry. We're talking about La Chascona, the house which Pablo Neruda built to live with the person who would be the great love of his life and who was also a writer, Matilde Urrutia. The name of the house makes reference to the reddish curly hair of Urrutia, his third wife and with whom he would live until his last days very shortly after the military coup in 1973. Set at the foot of San Cristóbal Hill, the place is now a house museum which is notable for its valuable archives, as well as its unconventional architecture; because even though the Catalan architect Germán Rodríguez Arias was in charge of the construction, the reality is that it was built little by little, in the end leading to the successive additions of rooms without any definite structure. A small pedestrian street linkes the house with Chucre Manzur Street, which has a lively arty and bohemian atmosphere. The area is full of bars like Dos Gardenias, where the music of Buena Vista Social Club and a portrait of Ché welcome its visitors,