Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego
Coastline of Tierra del Fuego National Park
Tierra del Fuego National Park
I call this one Freedom — the clouds reminded me of a woman flying and made me feel very free!
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Mountain with patch of ice in the shape of a C — as if I drew my own initial on it!
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Glacial Runes — markings of the Gods
Tierra del Fuego National Park
The shoreline of the Tierra del Fuego Park
Tierra del Fuego National Park
More of the Tierra del Fuego National Park
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Lake in Tierra del Fuego National Park
Fin del Mondo
The post office at the end of the world where you can get a postmark from “Fin del Mundo”
Ushuaia
Final destination: downtown Ushuaia!

Ushuaia — Journey to the of the world!

I did not know what I would expect when I sailed to Ushuaia, Argentina. Officially, this is the southern-most city in the world.

Ushuaia signThis became one of my favorite places I visited during my last trip.  Here are some highlights of what I saw here.

Getting on a catamaran, I was able to see lots of birds, sea lions, and a sea elephant, a lighthouse, and beautiful scenery. You can easily arrange a catamaran tour at the port of Ushuaia.  There are several companies that arrange these.  The trips tend to take you out into the Beagle Channel to go by several islands that are homes to sea birds and sea lions.

Islands of Birds
Islands of Birds
Sea Lions
Sea Lions
Sea Elephant
Sea Elephant
Sea Wolf Island
Sea Wolf Island

This island was called Sea Wolf Island.  Not really sure why — but it had the largest colony of sea lions in this area of the Beagle Channel.  It was also home to several large colonies of different species of sea birds.  I got several pictures of interactions between the sea lions and the birds.  This one is one of my favorite pictures although I also have one the looks like a bird and a sea lion are actually kissing!

Sea birds taking off
Sea birds taking off
Lighthouse at the end of the world
Lighthouse at the end of the world

Finally, we sailed past the “Lighthouse at the end of the World.”  There are actually 3 that have this title in the area between Cape Horn and Ushuaia.  This particular one is the largest of the three.

Ushuaia is amazing!  More photos and stories to come as I write about sailing to Tierra del Fuego National Park and the Fin del Mundo Post Office.

Sailing into Venice

It is very special to cruise into Venice and see this remarkable city they way it should be — from the sea!

Our ship slowly approaches Venice – coming first to some outer islands that form the barrier that creates the Grand Lagoon.

Lighthouse in VeniceThere is a black & white checked , modern lighthouse structure that marks the entrance.

boats in VeniceSeveral small ships start to come along side us and greet us as we come into port.  One boat was speeding along – until a police boat signalled to them to slow down!

Sailing into VeniceAs we draw closer, all I can say is I love Venice as we sailed past St. Mark’s Square heading to the Maritime Port.

So, we entered port and sailed past St. Mark’s Square (Plaza, Piazzile, etc.) and headed to the Maritime Port. I was excited about getting off the ship and exploring !