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December 2012

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - BUENOS AIRES

ANOTHER HACIENDA & A VISIT TO THE TOMB OF EVA PERON - OF DON'T CRY FOR ME AUNTIE TINA, FAME


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YES - ANOTHER HACIENDA - ARGENTINA STYLE THIS TIME..

WE ARE GREETED AT THE GATE BY THE DANCERS & I PROMPTLY LOSE THE GUIDE. NOT THAT I AM BOTHERED TOO MUCH. I WILL JUST WANDER AROUND ON MY OWN & HOPE I DON"T MISS LUNCH. NOT MUCH OF A DANCE THOUGH..

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There are some lovely gardens here. Beautiful flowers. Some of which, harbour rather large bugs.....

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Notice the knives behind the back are somewhat larger than those in Uruguay yesterday...

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Barbecue is warming up...

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Maybe Ostrich on the menu, or is that a Rhea?

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I went a little crazy with the Hummingbirds. Just incredible to watch. We have them around Ottawa which was a big surprise for me.

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Keep checking on the food. Don't know if they will ring a bell or what. There are a lot of people from the boat here today. Several bus loads. No idea where they are going to fit in to eat. It was a lot smaller group yesterday.

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I follow the crowd to a large field where some young guys are riding around on horses. Seems they are going to try to put a stick through a ring suspended by a tread - while riding at speed. A likely story.

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Did not see him score. This fellow thought it as funny as me...

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BUT - Finally, time for chow. One of the dancer passing by and you can see how crowded it was and that's just one end.

Food was not very good. Tough. Or maybe they know I am English! I got in to the room just about last but manage to find a spare spot on a table of about 11 people - all German. During the meal, the owner swings by to chat with them in German. He's laughing. They are laughing. After he leaves, the guy next to me gives the short version of their talk - He was saying how much he likes Germans & dislikes the English. The table break up laughing again, as did I.

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For once I catch a break. I have sat down with my back to a raised dias which turns out to be the stage for the dancing ( which I thought had finished at the gate ) All I need to do is spin around for my photos.

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Shows over & a quick flip through Beuenos Aries and EVITA

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These guys are protesting the Pirata Inglese and about our going to the next port - another fine mess you've gotten me into , Stanley ,the Falkland Islands

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Posted by hasbeen 15:38 Archived in Argentina Tagged tomb_of_eve_peron Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - THE FALKLANDS

A TOUR TO SEE THE PENGUINS


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WHEN I MENTIONED THE FALKLANDS TO MY SISTER, HER RESPONSE WAS - 'DISMAL' , OR WORDS TO THAT EFFECT.

HAVING NOW BEEN THERE, I WOULD NOT CALL IT DISMAL AT ALL.

FAR FROM IT.

YOU'LL SEE

BUT, NOT IF YOU DO NOT LIKE PENGUINS. THERE ARE GOING TO BE LOTS OF PENGUINS.

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PENGUINS???

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PENGUINS?

I WAS ON A TOUR IN NEW ZEALAND TO SEE PENGUINS & SAW PRECISELY ONE.
MAYBE THIS IS IT'S BROTHER.

I HAVE SEEN MY PENGUIN - TIME TO GO HOME....

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NO, HOLD UP - HERE ARE PENGUINS.....EMPEROR? KING? DON'T KNOW. PRETTY ANYWAY.
AND NOISY, VERY NOISY

AND MAN O MAN, THE SMELL!!!

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OOOOOH. A LITTLE BABY.....

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JUST TO RELIEVE THE MONOTONY.....

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....BEFORE IT'S SOME MORE - PENGUINS. DIFFERENT ONES.

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DISMAL ENOUGH FOR YOU?

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COULD NOT MAKE OUT WHAT THAT IS IN THE WATER. A SEAL MAYBE.

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ENOUGH WITH THE PENGUINS.

TIME TO HEAD HOME.

ONE MAN IN OUR CAR WAS NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS. A WARNING COMES WITH THE TOUR DESCRIPTION THAT PEOPLE WITH A BAD BACK WOULD BE ADVISED TO CHOOSE ANOTHER TOUR.
I GUESS THIS MAN MISSED THAT.

THIS IS AN EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY BUMPY RIDE. THE FIRST HALF HOUR OR SO IS ON TARMAC. THEN WE HEADED OFF ROAD. TUSSCOCKS IS MY WORD TO DESCRIBE WHAT WE WERE GOING OVER. LOW LYING SCRUBBY SHRUBS OF SOME KIND.

MILE AFTER MILE OF IT.

WE WERE IN A LAND ROVER OR SOME SUCH, COMFORTABLE ANYWAY. BUT IT IS AN EXCRUCIATING EXPERIENCE.

A LITTLE SPRINKLE OF RAIN. LUCKY, CONSIDERING THE CLOUDS WE HAVE SEEN TODAY.

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THIS IS ODD. A RIVER OF ROCKS. LOOKS ARTIFICIAL BUT NO, IT'S NATURAL.

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ONE SIGN IT PAYS NOT TO IGNORE...

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AND ANOTHER........

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INTO STANLEY AND TIME FOR A WALK AROUND THE QUITE PRETTY LITTLE TOWN SET ON THE SEA SIDE

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I ASKED SOME LOCAL KIDS WHAT BIRD WAS ON THE CHIMNEY. A VULTURE THEY THOUGHT.

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AND FINALY BACK TO THE SHIP. NOT THIS ONE. IT'S THE P & O ADDONIS WHICH WILL PLAY LEAPFROG WITH US FOR A WHILE TO COME.

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LIKE I SAID - YOU HAVE TO LIKE PENGUINS & NOT HAVE A BAD BACK , BUT I ENJOYED THAT.

Posted by hasbeen 15:38 Archived in Falkland Islands Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - CAPE HORN & USHUAIA

THE END OF THE EARTH

CAPE HORN

FERDINAND MAGELLAN & FRANCIS DRAKE CAME THIS WAY.

TIERRA DEL FUEGO

NATIVE FUEGIANS WOULD HAVE FIRES ON SHORE, HENCE THE NAME,,

LAND OF FIRE

NAMES TO CONJURE WITH

ONE OF THE ROUGHEST SEAS IN THE WORLD

TRY READING THE DESCRIPTION OF THE AMERICAN MISSIONARIES TRAVERSING THIS AREA IN MICHENERS' NOVEL HAWAII.

TOOK THEM DAYS TO GO A FEW MILES. AND THEN FALL BACK. AND TRY, TRY AGAIN.

I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO ALL THAT AND - NOTHING.

NO FIRES.

NO ROUGH SEAS,

NADA - ZILCH - NOTHING.

TOTALY ANTI-CLIMATIC.

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STILL - YOU HAVE TO LAUGH!

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AND THE BAND PLAYS ON.....

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AND WE ARRIVE AT USHUAIA - ARGENTINA.

I HAVE A PROBLEM PRONOUNCING THAT NAME - USHUAIA - SO IN MY HEAD, I CALL IT 'WISH YOU WERE HERE'.

NOT A GOOD CHOICE AS IT HAPPENS.

THE AUTHORITIES HERE TOOK EXCEPTION TO OUR VISITING THE FALKLANDS PRIOR TO HERE & REFUSED TO LET US DOCK.
SO I SHOULD START CALLING IT 'WISH YOU WEREN'T HERE' INSTEAD.

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NOT ONLY US BUT THAT OTHER SHIP AS WELL.

MUST BE FIVE THOUSAND PASSENGERS ON THE TWO SHIPS, PLUS CREW, PLUS PORT FEES, PLUS FUEL & PROVISIONS.

THEY MUST HAVE FOREGONE FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS EASY.
MUST BE MADE OF MONEY TO GIVE THAT UP.

ANYWAY - WE HAVE AN EXTRA DAY TO FILL IN SO WHAT TO DO?

WATCH TV ON DECK?

WHY NOT!

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Posted by hasbeen 15:37 Archived in Chile Tagged cape_horn Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - THE BEAGLE CHANNEL

GLACIERS


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NOT STOPPING AT USHUAIA GAVE US AN UNEXPECTED BONUS.

WE WOULD HAVE LONGER TO TRANSIT THE BEAGLE CHANNEL,

WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL AT NIGHT OR TOO FAST & WE COULD WANDER OFF INTO SIDE CHANNELS & EXPLORE.

A MYSTERY TOUR. AND MAGICAL ONE AT THAT.

THE BEAGLE CHANNEL & JEMMY BUTTON

THE CHANNEL, OF COURSE IS NAMED FOR CHARLES DARWINS SHIP.

I HAVE A VAGUE CONNECTION WITH THE BEAGLE.

WHEN DARWIN CAME THROUGH HERE, THE CAPTAIN OF HIS SHIP KIDNAPPED SOME LOCALS, FOUR OR FIVE MAYBE, AND TOOK THEM TO ENGLAND WITH HIM.

THEY WERE DRESSED IN EUROPEAN CLOTHES INSTEAD OF THEIR USUAL ANIMAL SKINS. PARADED AROUND LONDON. MET ROYALTY AND ATTENDED A SCHOOL.

THE St MARY'S SCHOOL IN WALTHAMSTOW, EAST LONDON. WHICH IS WHERE MY CONNECTION COMES IN. I WAS BORN IN WALTHAMSTOW. MY PARENTS WERE MARRIED IN St. MARY'S CHURCH. JUST A SPIT AWAY FROM THE LITTLE SCHOOL.

WALTHAMSTOW'S ONLY OTHER CLAIM TO FAME IS THAT KEITH RICHARDS' GRANDMOTHER WAS OUR MAYOR.

ONE OF THE NATIVE GUYS WAS NAMED JEMMY BUTTON.

THERE IS A SAD ENDING.
AFTER A WHILE - JEMMY WASA TAKEN BACK TO TIERRA DEL FUEGO. HE REVERTED TO HIS OLD WAYS BUT NO LONGER FITTED IN WITH HIS PEOPLE. I THINK SOME OF HIS FRIENDS DIED IN ENGLAND , MEASLES MAYBE.

MUST HAVE BEEN A DREADFUL EXPERIENCE FOR THEM ALL & THEY WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A CLUE AS TO WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO THEM OR WHY.

CRUISING THE CHANNEL

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NOT TOO MUCH IN THE WAY OF HABITATION ALONG HERE

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THE FACE OF A GLACIER...

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MORE PENGUINS... HE WAS SERVING HOT CHOCOLATE. I HAD MINE WITH KALUHA....MMMmmm. FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES ONLY....

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A SQUALL SPAWNS A NICE RAINBOW.....

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AND WE EXIT THE CHANNEL

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AND HEAD FOR PORT AT PUNTA ARENAS - WHERE I EXPECT IT WILL BE CHILE.

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Posted by hasbeen 15:36 Archived in Chile Tagged beagle_channel Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - TORRES DEL PAINE


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FROM PUNTA ARENAS A SMALL GROUP OF US WILL BUS TO THE SMALL LOCAL AIRPORT & TAKE TWO SMALL PLANES TO PORT NATALES.

FROM THERE WE BUS TO TORRES DEL PAINE, CONTINUE ON THOUGH THE PARK & HAVE A MEAL AT A RESTAURANT SITUATED ON AN ISLAND IN A LAKE.

THEN FLY BACK TO THE SHIP IN PUNTA ARENAS.

IT'S A VERY LONG WAY TO GET A PHOTO OF A MOUNTAIN.

TORRES DEL PAINE

THE SHORT VERSION

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THAT'S IT - YOU CAN STOP READING NOW.

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THE LONGER VERSION

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OUR DRIVER...

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FLYING A LITTLE CLOSE TO THE ROCKS, AREN'T WE DRIVER?

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SOME WILDLIFE ON THE WAY. WE DID SPOT ONE CONDOR BUT TOO FAR AWAY FOR A PHOTO.

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THESE ARE GUANACOS....

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CAN'T SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT....

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THAT IT FOR THE TORRES DEL PAINE - NOW IT'S TIME TO EAT..

THERE HAS BEEN A HUGE FIRE HERE THAT IS STILL BURNING IN SOME PARTS. WE HAD TO SKIP ONE SMALL SECTION OF OUR TOUR AS IT WAS NOT SAFE...

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THAT'S OUR RESTAURANT...

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AND BACK HOME SAFE & SOUND, AFTER A WONDERFUL, TIRING DAY.

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Posted by hasbeen 15:35 Archived in Chile Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - CHILEAN FJORDS & GLACIERS


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HEADING NORTH NOW, FROM PUNTA ARENAS INO THE FJORDS OF SOUTHERN CHILE

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AN EALY MORNING COFFEE IN THE LOUNGE, HIGH UP IN THE AFT OF THE SHIP.

THIS LOUNGE IS SET IN A SORT OF BALCONY & AFFORDS A SPECTACULAR VANTAGE POINT, BUT DURING BAD WEATHER THE STRUCTURE TENDS TO SHAKE & I DO NOT FIND IT COMFORTABLE AT ALL. I DON'T GET UP HERE TOO OFTEN.

THE WEATHER IS CO-OPERATING NICELY.

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THIS LOOKS REMARKABLY LIKE THE TORRES DEL PAINE BUT I THINK IT IS SOMETHING ELSE.

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YOU CAN TELL BY THE ACTION ON DECK THAT THE PASSENGERS ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS PART OF THE CRUISE.

SOME MORE THAN OTHERS...

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IMMENSE GLACIERS & CAREFUL OF THOSE ICEBERGS CAPTAIN....

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THE LOUNGE I MENTIONED EARLIER IS ABOVE THIS 'HOLE' IN THE AFT OF THE SHIP...

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AND THE SUN GOES DOWN ON YET ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY..

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Posted by hasbeen 15:34 Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - VALPARAISO & SANTIAGO


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THIS IS MOSTLY A LONG BUS TOUR WITH NOT A LOT OF TIME OFF THE BUS.

BUT - FIRST, IT'S BREAKFAST WITH THE YOUNG LADIES ON BOARD

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LIZ FROM PERU

- SHE GETS TO VISIT HER HOME COUNTRY SOON, MUST BE GETTING EXCITED.

AND

FABIOLA FROM MEXICO

THEIR AREA WAS THE CAFE IN THE ATRIUM, ABOUT A DECK ABOVE THE WATER LINE. NOT TOO FREQUENTED FOR BREAKFAST WHICH WAS GREAT & A NICE VIEW OUT THE WINDOWS AS WE ENTERED A PORT.

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WHICH WAS IN DARKNESS HERE IN VALPARAISO

AND GETS LIGHTER AS WE MOVE THROUGH TOWN, PASSING THE LOCALS....

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....UNTIL WE REACH SANTIAGO.

Ooops - THIS GUY IS ON EASTER ISLAND. MUST HAVE TAKEN A WRONG TURNING ALONG THE WAY.

I ONCE GAVE A COPY OF ONE OF THESE TO A FRIEND AS A BIRTHDAY PRESENT. THE HAT IS A BIRD BATH.

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YOU CAN JUST MAKE OUT THE BACKS OF A COUPLE OF LADIES IN TRADITIONAL DRESS. I DID NOT SEE TOO MUCH OF THAT.

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THIS MIGHT BE MORE TRADITIONAL THESE DAYS...

I CANNOT SEE IF IT IS AN ADVERT OR GRAFFITI OR WHAT. SHE IS ON THE WALL BEHIND A RIVER OR CANAL.

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WE STOPPED FOR LUNCH AT THE TOP OF THIS HILL.

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AND PROMPTLY TURNED AROUND & HEADED BACK TO THE COAST.

MAYBE YOUR GLASS OF CHILEAN WINE CAME FROM HERE....

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WE DID STOP BRIEFLY AT A BEACH BUT DID NOT GET ONTO THE BEACH.

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SOME MORE NICE STREET ART

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Posted by hasbeen 15:32 Archived in Chile Comments (0)