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Review of my 2012 travel memories Part 1

I had a remarkable travel year in 2012.  Here is a list of the of some of the highlights of my travel adventures.

Buenos Aires: I rang in 2012 at a special tango show and fell in love with Argentina. I stayed at  Maggie’s B&B — great location just off Avenue de Mayo and Maggie was very friendly and helpful.

New Year's in Buenos Aires 2012
New Year’s in Buenos Aires 2012
Large tree in Buenos Aires
Great place to eat Fredo ice cream!
Gaucho booth at San Telmo Market
Gaucho booth at San Telmo Market
San Telmo
San Telmo on a Sunday

Punto del Estes, Uruguay: While it was very cold in Toronto, on January 3, 2012, I was basking in the sun on a beautiful beach watching a lab puppy take its first steps into the ocean.

Beach at Punta del Estes
Beach at Punta del Estes
Puppy at the beach
Puppy’s first trip to the beach in Punta del Estes

Montevideo, Uruguay: I had no set plans for wandering around Montevideo, however as soon as I walked off the ship, I was met by a very friendly tour guide who arranged a small tour for 5 of us in a van.  It was a great way to see the city. At the end, we were dropped off in the city centre where we wandered through the streets before returning to the ship.

Settler's statue in Montevideo
Settler’s statue in Montevideo

Puerto Madryn, Argentina: Who would have thought that Welsh was spoken here — brought from Welsh immigrants who settled in this part of Patagonia. Desolute, yet beautiful, I had a proper Welsh tea, complete with scones and clotted cream in Gaimen and saw some of the local wildlife — in the form of sea lions. A couple of them even tried to board a ship!

Patagonia near Gaimen, Argentina
Patagonia near Gaimen, Argentina

 

Patagonia
Patagonia
Sea lion catching some waves
Sea lion catching some waves

Cape Horn, Chile: I’ve already talked about this in an earlier post. It is still one of my highlights of my travel adventures — to “round the Cape” while schooners of old.

Cape Horn
Cape Horn

Ushuaia, Argentina: This is another place I cannot talk enough about — from the beauty of the mountains and Tierra Del Fuego National Park, to the quaintness of the city, to more wildlife, more isolation, and the gateway to Antarctica.  Yes, I will want to come back here and spend more time. It is stunningly beautiful!

Ushuaia sign

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

Sailing through the Beagle Channel:  How could I forget standing on the deck of the ship in a formal dress and taking pictures of the massive glaciers that line the sides of this waterway.  I am still surprised I got any pictures, as I was shivering! But every time I thought I was head back inside to the warmth, I would caught a glimpse of a new wonder — and would  stay outside, mesmerized by the beauty.

Glaciers along the Beagle Channel
Glaciers along the Beagle Channel
Glaciers along the Beagle Channel
Glaciers along the Beagle Channel
Glaciers along the Beagle Channel
Glaciers along the Beagle Channel
Glaciers along the Beagle Channel
Glaciers along the Beagle Channel
Glaciers along the Beagle Channel
Glaciers along the Beagle Channel

Punta Arenas, Chile: Not only a nice place place to stop for handicrafts, but also a great place to see wildlife.  I went to Ottway Sound to see a colony of Magellanic penguins — penguins are just too cute! Then is was a chance to visit the market in the centre of town.

Market in centre of town
Market in centre of town
Statue of Magellian
Statue of Magellian
Statue of Magellian
Statue of Magellian

Puerto Montt: While the town is not really much to see, once we were outside, there were volcanoes, waterfalls, and lakes! Plus an amazing lunch of local fish and pisco sours!

Osomo Volcano
Osorno Volcano
Petrohue Falls
Petrohue Falls
Trinkets
Trinkets

Valpairso, Chile: The sad part is leaving the ship — it was the best cruise I’d ever taken — but Valpairso is very interesting and close to nice beaches and a wine country that reminded me of Napa Valley.

Vina del Mar
Vina del Mar

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El Cuadro winery
El Cuadro winery

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Santiago, Chile: I think by now on my journey, I was getting tired and it was really hot — not a good combination for me. But I did see some interesting things and got a great sunset picture!

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And this ends part one of my travel year in review!

Puerto Montt Day 15

Puerto Montt Day 15
We are now in Puerto Montt –the largest southernmost city in Chile. This city is “famous” for having the largest recorded earthquake in 1960 of 9.5. It is also surrounded by volcanoes. Osomo Volcano is probably the most picturesque as it sits on Lake LLanique. I took a tour that started with a rocky tender ride –glad I’m good with the motion! We then headed to Lake LLanique where we got some spectacular views of several volcanoes as we drove around the lake.

Osomo Volcano
Osomo Volcano

We then went to a National Forest to take a trail to see the Petrohue Falls –great for white water rafting!

Petrohue Falls
Petrohue Falls

 

Petrohue Falls
Petrohue Falls

 

Then we drove to the little town of Puerto Vara, where we had lunch at Hotel Patagonico (which started with a Pisco Sour, a Chilean drink, and some excellent salmon). I think I love Pisco Sours! Puetro Vara is a beautiful place sitting right on the lake with views of Osomo and other volcanoes –including one that is blowing ash! I think we saw at least 6 different volcanoes.

Osomo Volcano
Osomo Volcano

 

Osomo Volcano
Osomo Volcano

There is also an Artisans Village, with items made from all over South America.

Artisan's Shop
Artisan’s Shop

 

Trinkets
Trinkets

 

Getting back to the ship was another adventure, as the tenders were still rocking!

Once back on the ship, I went to a Cruise Critics farewell gathering, then I headed to the Rendezvous Bar, which is next to the dining room, where not only some of my dinner mates were sitting, but the salsa band was playing – so I had to dance, and Gayle and Donna joined me. After 3 songs, I left the dance floor and a woman stopped me to tell me that she enjoyed watching me dance – guess my dancing is a hit! Dinner was good –all that is really needed to know.
The water was really calm after dinner. While I did not get pictures – I finally saw a pod of dolphins swimming alongside the ship! And the sunset … AWESOME!

Sunset
Sunset

The Spanish guitarist was playing in the Coffee Bar after dinner, so I sat down to have an espresso and was soon joined by the family from Bulgaria. We exchanged email information and talked about football, dancing, and traveling.

There was Karaoke in the Constellation Bar – and it seems that it crosses all languages and countries! I ended the day with dancing … Nothing more to say.