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South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland December 24th 2019

Christmas Eve saw us moored off Stanley, the main/only town on East Falkland Island. Most people went off to see penguins (pop 1 million) but we opted to hear about the 74 day war with Argentina. The guide was more British than the British and was a fifth generation islander, his ancestors coming mid 19th century. It was so British his wife even made scones with cream and jam for us all for morning tea in the community hall at Fitzroy (pop about 10). The two memorials to the two British landing ships, Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram, sunk at Bluff Cove by Argentinian Skyhawks, were very poignant. One even had white stones outlining a leek as many of the soldiers were Welsh. That road out was fantastic, new with smooth bitumen and passed the Falklands ... read more
Second thing we saw.
A whale harpoon
Boot Hill.

South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland February 2nd 2019

Saturday 2 February – Day 1: Stanley & Bleaker Island, Falklands before we travel to South Georgia & Antarctica The information we received from One Ocean about our 18-day adventure through the southern globe was: THE CLASSIC VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY VISITING THREE UNIQUE LOCATIONS This is One Ocean’s most far-reaching polar expedition and includes visits to three different locations. The sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. There are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds and the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals. Seabirds, including many of the albatross species call these islands home, nesting and raising their young in this wild and remote environment. Both locations feature a fascinating history and stunning scenery. To the south lies Ant ... read more
First zodiac ride to Bleaker Island Falklands (2)
Bleaker Island Falklands - dolphins (1)
Macaroni Penguin (5)

South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland December 20th 2018

“We are more powerful than ever before…Worse still, humans seem to be more irresponsible than ever. Self-made gods with only the laws of physics to keep us company, we are accountable to no one.” Yuval Noah Harari The Conflict The quote ‘Like two bald men fighting over a comb’ has often been used to describe the 1982 conflict in the Falkland Islands. The British prime minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher, very quickly took defensive action after the Argentines took occupation of the small island group in the southern extreme of the Atlantic Ocean. Many lives were lost on both sides, and today the legacy survives in the memories of the locals and through the many the landmines that still lay hidden beneath the soil. I had never ventured into the interior of either of the ... read more
The Black browed albatross
The Chick
The Bonding

South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland October 28th 2017

On our way , 262 miles to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. 58 knot winds make for a rough ride but I think most are getting used to it. Not many missing meals. The Zaandam handles the heavy weather well. We took the bottle of Champagne that Kate won up to the Crowsnest Lounge. They will chill it for us and we will share with our friends. Tommorow, Penguins! Some of the best weather conditions possible here on the Falkland's for todays visit. CAVU ( ceiling and visibility unlimited). Our guide mentioned , 2 days earlier we would have had to sail right past. The winds they blow! Boarding the tender I got the best seat on the boat, right at the entrance door, great for views and picture taking. Then about 30 gallons of sea came ... read more
Stanley hearse
Iron Lady beer
This says it all

South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland February 26th 2017

This port was the main reason my husband chose the cruise and we were both well aware that only 60% of the ships scheduled can actually tender into the port of Stanley. Luckily we could anchor out of the headlands and tendering began by about 8am. We had expected tender tickets to be unecessary for the time we left but even after 10 had to get one. The ride was about half an hour to the jetty and we had an informative chat with the immigration chap who was in the tender with us. Landing at 10.55 we were just in time to see the eclipse of the sun viewed through scudding cloud and very clear for seconds. There was a 90% coverage and it made an auspicious start to our day on the island. The ... read more
Stanley Church
King penguins

South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland November 23rd 2016

The Britishness of the Falkland Islands is very apparent - the islanders are British and are proud to be flying Her Majesty’s flag. The streets of Stanley are abuzz with Landrovers and Ford Transits and have a very British look with the terraced houses and well-groomed gardens. I was in my element in the FIC (the local supermarket) with its loaded shelves of penguin biscuits, Ambrosia rice pudding, and other sweet goodies that are typically only available on British soil… I marched out of the store with an open packet of Galaxy Minstrels, I sat by the public jetty in Stanley’s large natural harbour and consumed them, then went to the pub for some pub-grub - fish and chips. I’ve also squirreled away many treats for the wild sea days that lie ahead of us. There ... read more
Colony on Saunder's Island

South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland October 27th 2016

Our last day on the South America continent was spent visiting museums, shops and restaurants around Ushuaia which is a pleasant enough city surrounded by beautiful mountains. In the early afternoon we pulled on our backpacks and walked down the hill to the dock where we began the customs process with our fellow (70) travel companions the vast majority of which were older than us. As we boarded the MV Ushuaia we were greeted by crue members who delivered our luggage to our cabins and directed us to the common area (bar) where we received the good news that we had been upgraded to a larger ensuite cabin so we no longer need to share a bathroom. We then returned to the deck to watch our home for the next three weeks pull into the Beagle ... read more
Home sweet home
Zodiac fleet
Ruth crossing the gang plank

As we finished our approach to the Falkland Islands we were rushing about having breakfast and getting ready to go ashore at 8.45am. Our tickets for the King Penguins 4x4 Adventure stated that we needed to meet in the Mondrian Lounge at 8.35am for an 8.45am departure. We checked in at the desk at 8.30am and we were allocated to Vehicle 11. Whoa, there are some fellow passengers who are really keen to see those penguins because that makes us about 41st and 42nd to check-in. Unfortunately though, it was 09:30 before we officially arrived. With the tenders not being released until after we were anchored our start to the day's activity was a little delayed. The first tender of the day was eventually under way filled with keen 4x4 adventurers. When we arrived in Port ... read more
Bushbashing Falkland Island style
Magellanic Pair
Peeking out

South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland January 31st 2016

Sunday January 31st, 2016. Port Stanley, Falkland Islands We went for a posh breakfast and then waited patiently for the tender service to start. We were booked on our first ship's tour so we knew we would be able to disembark fairly promptly (wrong!). Just like last year the tender operation was shambolic. We sat in the cabin and waited for our tender (No 8) to be called. After what seemed like an age we found ourselves chugging towards land. Once off the tender in Port Stanley at the other side there was a large sign saying "Welcome to the Falkland Islands". Also referred to as Stanley, this is the capital of the Falkland Islands. It is located on the East Falkland Island, on a north facing slope on one of the wettest parts of the ... read more
3.  Mt Longdon
5.  Diddle Dee Berries
12.  Norwegian House, Teal Inlet

South America » Falkland Islands » East Falkland December 10th 2015

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