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South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego February 25th 2015

STANLEY TO CAPE HORN After we posted last night, going out of Stanley in Bluff Cove there were literally thousands of penguins - what a sight! As soon as we got outside the bay from Stanley the weather overnight has changed - lots of rain and high seas - boat rocked all night - this morning went out on deck and nearly got blown over (I know that is hard to believe for us little buddhas) - very wild and woolly! Winds 50-65 knots, South Westerly - 5 degrees! Great day for watching movies! Commodore on ship is taking a longer route closer to land to try and save us from the high swells and slowing down a bit too! Had dinner with a couple last night and they told us their friends were held up ... read more
FALKLANDS
CAPE HORN
CAPE HORN

South America » Falkland Islands February 25th 2015

Getting colder now! Layered up today, max 12 degrees. Docked out in the Bay 8.00a.m. and use tenders to get to shore. Population of the Falklands is 2650 of 2115 live in Stanley. 60 different nationalities live here, 54 percent born here, 25% British heritage. What a remote place to live - it is 261 miles off the coast of Argentina and the Falklands is made up of over 200 isles and islets - been warned there are 1000's of land mines still around the district. What an isolated, desolate place - not a tree in site - except for the odd one in peoples yards - windy and cold!! Why would they want to have a war over this place??!! So recently too - 1982. Angels are travelling again!! Sun out now and again as ... read more
LOOKING FROM THE PORT
WHALEBONE DISPLAY
AT THE FRONT DOOR

South America » Uruguay » District of Montevideo » Montevideo February 22nd 2015

What an exceptional day we have had! This place is so lovely! Docked at 9,00a.m. our guide Fabian was waiting for us at the port, we had booked with him before we left Australia, private tour just the two of us, tour included the old city, to a boutique winery, the newer city, beaches and back to the port market which is full of BBQ places. Uruguayans very proud of their country, 3.4 million people and 1.4 of them in Montevideo , Fabian born and bred in Uruguay but Italian descent, 90 percent of Uruguay is Italian and Spanish, such lovely people. First to the old city, all the sites and then Fabian took us to the local market, which I love going to these sort of places where the locals shop, bought some wine, had ... read more
OLD CITY
OLD CITY
LOCAL MARKET

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires February 21st 2015

Docked 8.00a.m. in Buenos Aires - in a working port - so had to be bused to the cruise terminal from our ship. Warned in advance of the increased muggings, petty crime, taxi scams and snatch and grab thieves in recent times in this city, dress down, no jewellery, don't use outside ATMs etc etc We thought we would just re acquaint ourselves with this beautiful city as its about 12 years since we were here last. Decided to do the Hop on Hop off bus - as you can get off when you want and get back on - though we still did walk around 11kms. There are just hundreds of gorgeous buildings, sculptures, parks and rec areas - its no wonder it is called the "Paris of South America" - it would have to ... read more
CITY TOUR
CITY TOUR
CITY TOUR

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana February 16th 2015

Beautiful sunrise as we entered the harbour of Rio, Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer hit you in the face, a spectacular site from the water, Christ the Redeemer just sitting above the cloud, like it is floating! Breaky early and head out into the thousands for the last day of carnivale, 3 street parties to go to!! First one on Ipanema Beachfront, fantastic costumes and music and dancing, then onto a more suburban one, could hardy move! Last one was the best - Brazilians sure know how to party - doesn't matter how big! - those bodies just shake and dance! Millions of litres of beer consumed in Rio today!! Then headed out to Copacabana beach for dinner at a Churasscaria restaurant, absolutely stuffed full of lovely meats bought to our table and carved in ... read more
STREET PARTY
GREAT DANCERS AND COSTUMES
IPANEMA BEACH STREET PARTY

South America » Brazil » São Paulo » Santos February 16th 2015

What a sight coming into Santos at 6.30 this morning, highrise as long as the eye could see! It took an hour and a half to come in the river, there is 50miles of port, the largest port in South America. Walked from the port to the old town about 4kms - very dodgy - seedy areas, unsmiling faces and falling down buildings etc etc probably the most apprehensive we have felt but walked into the old town with 6 others - so felt a little safer with numbers! The grand old buildings of the past are just gorgeous, the coffee museum, just beautiful - and boy was the coffee good too! Coffee and oranges are the largest exports from here, but Brazil is the largest beef exporter in the world. Pele (the soccer player) is ... read more
LUNCH ON THE RUN SANTOS
HALF WAY UP MONTE SERRAT
VIEW OVER SANTOS

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador February 13th 2015

SALVADOR FRIDAY 13.2.2015 Internet being just about non existent for the last five days, long delays when logging in so kept clear of it and at 75 cents a minute very precious, we do have 500 minutes free because of our status but that doesn't last long and would be equivalent of about 100 with our speed at home. Rearing to go after five days at sea! Early morning docking and to meet our guide from DoBrazilRight at 8.30a.m. Salvador being the capital of northeastern state of Brazil, Bahia. Docked in a huge big bay with three islands in the distance off Salvador. All you can see for miles is houses perched on the cliffs above the port. I had booked this tour before we left Melbourne as much cheaper and longer than the ship tours. ... read more
CLIFFS ABOVE THE PORT
MARKETS
BEACHES AROUND THE BAY


Another very early docking but we had a leisurely breakfast with a lovely Canadian couple from Vancouver then embarked on a 15km walk around town. Trinidad is the southern most island of the Caribbean and only about 7 mile off the coast from Venezuela, also the first inhabited island of the Caribbean. Population of Port of Spain is 128,000 and Trinidad 1.2 million. It produces over 100,000 barrels of oil a day, a good industry for their economy. Although only 31 degrees very hot and humid - we strolled up Brian Lara Promenade before taking one of the side streets up to the Art and Culture Centre - quite a modern architectural building - then noticed across the road at the stadium on the side of Queens Park Savannah that the Red Cross Childrens Carnival was ... read more
ENTERTAINMENT AND ARTS CENTRE
CHILDRENS CARNIVAL
CHILDRENS CARNIVAL


BARBADOS THURSDAY Bridgetown is below the hurricane belt so its buildings are fairly well intact, its population around 286,000. Another early docking and headed out to Kensington Oval where Bridgetown hosted the 2007 World Cup, a cricket crazy town, a very impressive stadium for a run down, poor sort of town. Then our main focus was to get out to the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, quite a nice walk out along the beach for about half an hour, took a tour of the distillery and then free samples, they were very generous and for the $10 tour cost, I think we drank more rum than that. They are very proud of their association with sponsoring a lot of sailing regattas, giving the winning team one of their famous red hats. They have one regatta they sponsor ... read more
MOUNT GAY DISTILLERY
MOUNT GAY DISTILLERY
BARBADOS


Docked early in Castries capital of St Lucia, another different island, very mountainous and approx 238 sq miles. Anyone looking for a woman here you could be in luck - 6 women to every man! The most famous landmark in St Lucia is the UNESCO site of the Pitons, two huge mountains on the edge of a bay that seem to rise straight out of the blue Caribbean waters. After we had been for a walk into the town we decided to book a catamaran, rather than a taxi, as the drive through all the mountains would take too long, and sailed down the lovely coast, passing beautiful beaches and fishing villages, lots of sheer cliffs and tropical vegetation. It was the best view of the Pitons from the boat, then we docked in the oldest ... read more
ST LUCIA
THE PITONS
LOCAL BAR




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