London

Day 30 – TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY 17th and 18th February 2015

The flight from Buenos Aires was a very tiring 13.5  hours in spite of being in Business Class.

It was a cold zero degrees when we landed at 6:30am (Wednesday) but at least the sun was shining. Picked up a rental car for the duration of our stay (Mercedes E220). Managed to get from the airport to our hotel (Holiday Inn Borehamwood) without a problem.

But that was not the case in the afternoon when we were scheduled to visit Howard (my sister Ruth’s husband) who is in a nursing home in Golders Green. I mistakenly entered Golden Green (which was many miles from where we needed to be) in to the GPS and ended up getting lost on the Motorway system. The half hour journey took two hours. It was very hard getting off the motorway with exits more than 10 miles apart. I have now learned my lesson and will get Lyn to double check my entries.

Howard was in better shape than we expected but it was still sad to see him incapacitated.

Had a light dinner with Ruth in a nearby restaurant.

Return to Buenos Aires

Day 29 – MONDAY 16th February 2015

Today we flew back to Buenos Aires to catch the flight top London. We were glad to be back here because it is much cleaner and nicer than the areas we saw of Rio de Janeiro.

We stayed the Mio Hotel again but this time we were in a superior room which twice the size of the previous one with a better outlook..

 

Rio de Janeiro – Carnivale Parade

Day 28 – SUNDAY 15th February 2015

Today we took a leisurely walk along Copacabana beach and surrounding areas.

All shapes and sizes on Copacabana 1

All shapes and sizes on Copacabana 1

 

All shapes and sizes on Copacabana 2

All shapes and sizes on Copacabana 2

 

 

Outlook from Copacabana Beach

Outlook from Copacabana Beach

Enjoying Copacabana Beach

Enjoying Copacabana Beach

Happy couple on Copacabana Beach

Happy couple on Copacabana Beach

One of the better looking people on Copacabana beach

One of the better looking people on Copacabana beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the eastern end of the beach we found the Forte de Copacabana and its attached Army Museum.

Copacabana from the Fort

Copacabana from the Fort

Inside Forte de Copacabana

Inside Forte de Copacabana

Inside Forte de Copacabana 2

Inside Forte de Copacabana 2

Lyn and the big guns defending Rio

Lyn and the big guns defending Rio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantic Ocean from the Fort

Atlantic Ocean from the Fort

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a rest in the afternoon in anticipation of a very late night. The Carnivale Parade runs from 9:00pm to 4:00am so we had to be prepared.

The Samba parade in Rio was a total disaster!!!  Lightning, thunder, teeming rain.  Thousands of people not knowing where they were going.  Parade delayed an hour before starting at 10pm but by then we were drowned even though we’d bought ponchos.  We lasted till 11pm then fought our way back through the crowds of people also trying to leave till we found our shuttle.  What a nightmare and so disappointing as we were really looking forward to it!  

Carnivale Parade 1

Carnivale Parade 1

Carnivale Parade 2

Carnivale Parade 2

 

Carnivale Parade 3

Carnivale Parade 3

Carnivale Parade 4

Carnivale Parade 4

Carnivale Parade 5

Carnivale Parade 5

Carnivale Parade 6

Carnivale Parade 6

Carnivale Parade 7

Carnivale Parade 7

 

Carnivale Parade 8

Carnivale Parade 8

Carnivale Parade 9

Carnivale Parade 9

Carnivale Parade 10

Carnivale Parade 10

Carnivale Parade 11

Carnivale Parade 11

Not Happy Lyn at Carnivale Parade

Not Happy Lyn at Carnivale Parade

Atlantic Ocean from the Fort

But I made her smile

 

 

Rio de Janeiro (Valentines Day)

Day 27 – SATURDAY 14th February 2015

We started early on a shared full day tour of Rio de Janeiro. This involved a lot of stopping to pick up other tourists and waiting at each venue. Next time we will insist on private tours where ever we go.

Highlights of the tour were a train ride up to Corcovada (big statue of Jesus), a not so good barbecue lunch and a  cable car ride up to Sugarloaf.

Rio Tour - Copacabana
Rio Tour – Copacabana

 

Rio Tour - Slum 1

Rio Tour – Slum 1

Rio Tour - Slum 2

Rio Tour – Slum 2

Rio Tour - Soccer Stadium

Rio Tour – Soccer Stadium

Rio Tour - Nice street next to Corcovada train line

Rio Tour – Nice street next to Corcovada train line

Rio Tour - Tree destroying property

Rio Tour – Tree destroying property

Rio Tour - Corcovada SIgn

Rio Tour – Corcovada SIgn

Rio Tour - Corcovada

Rio Tour – Corcovada

Rio Tour - Lyn with Christ

Rio Tour – Lyn with Christ

Rio Tour Lunch Group

Rio Tour Lunch Group

Rio Tour - Street Party

Rio Tour – Street Party

Rio Tour - Looking up to Sugarloaf cable car station

Rio Tour – Looking up to Sugarloaf cable car station

Rio Tour - View from Sugarloaf  3

Rio Tour – View from Sugarloaf 3

Rio Tour - View from Sugarloaf 1

Rio Tour – View from Sugarloaf 1

Rio Tour - View from Corcovada 2

Rio Tour – View from Corcovada 2

Rio Tour - view from Sugarloaf 4

Rio Tour – view from Sugarloaf 4

Rio Tour - view from Sugarloaf 7

Rio Tour – view from Sugarloaf 7

Rio Tour - view from Sugarloaf 5

Rio Tour – view from Sugarloaf 5

Rio Tour - view from Sugarloaf 6

Rio Tour – view from Sugarloaf 6

Rio Tour - view from Sugarloaf 8

Rio Tour – view from Sugarloaf 8

Rio Tour - view from Sugarloaf 9

Rio Tour – view from Sugarloaf 9

Rio Tour - Statue on Sugarloaf

Rio Tour – Statue on Sugarloaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being Valentines Day we had a romantic dinner in the hotel’s dining room – spaghetti bolognaise and beer! Sorry no pictures.

Iguacu Falls (Brazil)

Day 26 – FRIDAY 13th February 2015

Today we crossed over the border in to Brazil to see the other side of the falls. The border between Argentina and Brazil is in the middle of the gorge that forms the falls (actually created by an earthquake). This really is a stunning part of the world, with the falls now ranking as one of the natural wonders of the world. We were sceptical about spending two days looking at a water fall but we were so enthralled by the experience that the time went by very quickly.  The Argentinian side involved a lot of walking (about 15km) along paths and bridges and even a train ride to get close up to the water.  But on the Brazilian side the road goes right up close to the gorge and provides a broader view of  the falls. One of the walk ways goes right over the 80 metre drop of the water. No pictures right there because the spray obliterated the image.

Most of the really good pictures are videos which I will upload later. In the meantime here are still photos.

Iguacu Falls entry

Iguacu Falls entry

Hotel in the national park

Hotel in the national park

Sheraton Hotel on the Argentinian side taken from Brazil

Sheraton Hotel on the Argentinian side taken from Brazil

Iguacu Falls 1

Iguacu Falls 1

Iguacu Falls 2

Iguacu Falls 2

Iguacu Falls 3

Iguacu Falls 3

Iguacu Falls 4

Iguacu Falls 4

Iguacu Falls 5

Iguacu Falls 5

Iguacu Falls 6

Iguacu Falls 6

Iguacu Falls 7

Iguacu Falls 7

Iguacu Falls 8

Iguacu Falls 8

Iguacu Falls showing the island in the middle of the gorge

Iguacu Falls showing the island in the middle of the gorge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of tour of the falls we took a helicopter flight over the falls. This gives a great perspective of this stunning area.

After the helicopter ride we went directly to the airport for the flight to Rio de Janeiro.\

Video and pictures to follow.

We arrived in Rio late in the afternoon. It was 37c! The streets were jammed with carnival revellers and lots of traffic. As a result it took an hour and a half to get to the hotel from the airport which was only a few kilometres away.

 

 

Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

Day 25 – THURSDAY 12th February 2015

After getting back to our hotel at 12:15am from the Tango Show we got up at the ridiculous time of  3:15am to catch an early morning flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls. The reason for the early start was to go on an all day tour of the falls.

Our hotel La Cantera Jungle Lodge was extremely rustic and well below the standard that we like and have become accustomed to. We also found that there was a better option to stay at the Sheraton Hotel which is actually inside the national park instead of a 30 minute drive away.

La Cantera 1

La Cantera 1

La Cantera 2

La Cantera 2

La Cantera 3

La Cantera 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day at the falls was excellent. We had a private tour with a personal guide, Philippe, who was excellent. The falls are stunning to view and the tour was topped off with a boat ride that took us right into the bottom of the falls. It was extremely wet but a great cooling experience from the 37c  day.

Lyn and our guide Philippe at Iguazu falls

Lyn and our guide Philippe at Iguazu falls

Iguazu Falls 1

Iguazu Falls 1

Iguazu Falls 2

Iguazu Falls 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iguazu Falls 3
Iguazu Falls 3

 

Iguazu Falls 4

Iguazu Falls 4

Iguazu Falls 5

Iguazu Falls 5

Iguazu Falls 6

Iguazu Falls 6

Iguazu Falls 7

Iguazu Falls 7

Iguazu Falls 8

Iguazu Falls 8

Iguazu Falls 9

Iguazu Falls 9

Iguazu Falls 10

Iguazu Falls 10

Iguazu Falls 11

Iguazu Falls 11

Iguazu Falls 12

Iguazu Falls 12

Iguazu Falls 13

Iguazu Falls 13

Iguazu Falls 14

Iguazu Falls 14

Iguazu Falls 15

Iguazu Falls 15

Iguazu Falls 16

Iguazu Falls 16

Iguazu Falls 17

Iguazu Falls 17

Iguazu Falls 18

Iguazu Falls 18

Iguazu Falls 19

Iguazu Falls 19

Iguazu Falls 20 - Smiling in spite of being very wet

Iguazu Falls 20 – Smiling in spite of being very wet

Iguazu Falls 21 -  After the boat ride

Iguazu Falls 21 – After the boat ride

Iguazu Falls 22

Iguazu Falls 22

Iguazu Falls 23

Iguazu Falls 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buenos Aires Tour and Tango Show

Day 24 – WEDNESDAY 11th February 2015

Today we went on a tour of the city.

Buenos Aires or Paris

Buenos Aires or Paris

Central Square Buenos Aires 2

Central Square Buenos Aires 2

Central Square Buenos Aires 2

Central Square Buenos Aires 2

Cathedral 0

Cathedral 0

Cathedral 1

Cathedral 1

Cathedral 2

Cathedral 2

Cathedral 3

Cathedral 3

Cathedral 4

Cathedral 4

Cemetery Bueno Aires 4

Cemetery Bueno Aires 4

Cemetery Bueno Aires 3

Cemetery Bueno Aires 3

Cemetery Bueno Aires 4

Cemetery Bueno Aires 4

Falkland war graves

Falkland war graves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Comino district we were accosted by hustlers who made us pose with them but the results were not bad.

Lyn dancing Tango 1

Lyn dancing Tango 1

Lyn dancing Tango 2

Lyn dancing Tango 2

Lyn dancing Tango 3

Lyn dancing Tango 3

Lyn dancing Tango 3

Lyn dancing Tango 3

Michael dancing Tango 1

Michael dancing Tango 1

Michael dancing Tango 2

Michael dancing Tango 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in the evening we had dinner at a theatre restaurant which included a tango show.

Tango Dinner and Show 1

Tango Dinner and Show 1

Tango Dinner and Show 2

Tango Dinner and Show 2

Tango Dinner and Show 3

Tango Dinner and Show 3

Tango Dinner and Show 4

Tango Dinner and Show 4

 

Buenos Aires

Day 23 – TUESDAY 10th February 2015

Arrived Buenos Aires at 8:00am. We packed our bags last night and sadly disembarked Silver Shadow at 8:30am. We found that two weeks on board was just not long enough. By the end we were just getting used to the routine. We will go on another cruise soon.

The waterway approaching Buenos Aires is very muddy, probably as a result of ruin off from the river further up the estuary.

Our hotel is very nice and well located.

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

 

 

 

 

 

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires Entrance

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires Entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires 1

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires 1

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires 2

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires 2

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires 3

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires 3

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires 4

Mio Hotel Buenos Aires 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today we had a long walk around the Recoleta district where our hotel was located.

 

Evita Peron

Evita Peron

Statues 1

Statues 1

Statues 2

Statues 2

Statues 3

Statues 3

Statues 4

Statues 4

Statues 5

Statues 5

The Pope

The Pope

The Pope 2

The Pope 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antique Street Lights
Antique Street Lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punta del Este

Day 22 – MONDAY 9th February 2015

Still in Uruguay we arrived in Punta del Este at 8:00am. Wow, what a destination this is!

Lots of great seaside apartment buildings, great houses and even mansions. This is the playground of the rich and famous in the south American countries. Great boats and yachts in the marina, lots of restaurants and even some great culture.

Beach house in Punta del Este

Beach house in Punta del Este

Beachside mansion

Beachside mansion

Big Dipper Bridge

Big Dipper Bridge

Famous hand sculpture at Playa Brava

Famous hand sculpture at Playa Brava

Punta del Este

Punta del Este

Seaside sculptures

Seaside sculptures

Ralli Museum entrance

Ralli Museum entrance

Ralli Museum in Punta del Este

Ralli Museum in Punta del Este

Painting in Ralli Museum 1

Painting in Ralli Museum 1

Painting in Ralli Museum 2

Painting in Ralli Museum 2

Painting in Ralli Museum 3

Painting in Ralli Museum 3

Painting in Ralli Musem 4

Painting in Ralli Musem 4

Paintings from 1652 in Ralli Museaum

Salvadore Dali sculpture

Salvadore Dali sculpture

Sculpture by Salvadore Dali

Sculpture by Salvadore Dali

Sculptures in Ralli Museum 1

Sculptures in Ralli Museum 1

Part view Casapueblo

Part view Casapueblo

View from Caspueblo

View from Caspueblo

Lyn at Casapueblo overlooking hotel

Lyn at Casapueblo overlooking hotel

Peri Navi yacht at Punta del Este

Peri Navi yacht at Punta del Este

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch in Punta del Este

Lunch in Punta del Este

BBQ Lunch in Punta del Este

BBQ Lunch in Punta del Este

Montevideo

Day 21 – SUNDAY 8th February 2015

Arrived Montevideo at 8:00am and did a tour of the city by bicycle! Uruguay seems like a really nice country. Streets are clean and tidy, low unemployment, low crime.

It was quite hot, around 29c, so, although it was enjoyable, it was also hard work (no electrics!). We had a police escort for the whole tour. They made sure we kept out of trouble and blocked traffic to let us through red lights. Very thoughtful.

Videos to follow

 

Montevideo

Montevideo

Ship graveyard in Montevideo

Ship graveyard in Montevideo

 

Constitution Square Montevideo

Constitution Square Montevideo

Cathedral like apartments in Constitution Square

Cathedral like apartments in Constitution Square

Madonna's film shoot

Madonna’s film shoot

Roadside rock climbing

Roadside rock climbing

Photo of policeman taking a photo of us

Photo of policeman taking a photo of us

The Girls and the Cop

The Girls and the Cop

Silver Shadow and Costa Pacifica bow to bow.

Silver Shadow and Costa Pacifica bow to bow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

Day 18 – THURSDAY 5th February 2015

Arrived at Port Stanley at 8:00am on a beautiful sunny day with temperature about 17c with an expected top of 20c. We were expecting it to be quite cold so were pleasantly surprised.

Port  Stanley is really quite a nice place. They cater well for the tens of thousands of cruise ship passengers that visit each year. Our guide, an Englishman who has lived there for over 30 years, was very entertaining and informative. The whole island has a wonderful sense of British patriotism that makes it very welcoming. The museum has a great collection of memorabilia and an excellent and informative account of the 1982 war and the many Antarctic expeditions that are launched from here.

Another visiting ship at Port Stanley

Another visiting ship at Port Stanley

Port Stanley guide - very entertaining

Port Stanley guide – very entertaining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Stanley Marina and Yacht Club

Port Stanley Marina and Yacht Club

Port Stanley Falkland Islands

Port Stanley Falkland Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial for 1982 War

Memorial for 1982 War

Margaret Thatcher Memorial

Margaret Thatcher Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government House - Port Stanley

Government House – Port Stanley

Falklands Totem

Falklands Totem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farewell Port Stanley - next stop Montevideo Uruguay

Farewell Port Stanley – next stop Montevideo Uruguay

 

Ushuaia to the Falklands

Day 17 – WEDNESDAY 4th February 2015

We had and incredibly comfortable journey from Ushuaia from Ushuaia to Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. The seas were unusually calm and the wind was below 10 knots for the whole trip.

On the way I had a tour of the bridge. The ship is very well equipped with the latest equipment for communications and navigation.

Silver Shadow Bridge 1
Silver Shadow Bridge 1

 

Silver Shadow Bridge 2

Silver Shadow Bridge 2

Silver Shadow Bridge 3

Silver Shadow Bridge 3

Silver Shadow Bridge 4

Silver Shadow Bridge 5

Silver Shadow Bridge 5

Silver Shadow Bridge 6

Silver Shadow Bridge 6

Silver Shadow Bridge 7

Silver Shadow Bridge 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ushuaia

Day 16 – TUESDAY 3rd February 2015

Arrived in Ushuaia, which is the most southern city in Argentina and in fact the world, at 8:00am.  Ushuaia is one of the main reprovisioning stations for Antarctic expeditions.

We booked a land excursion to take in the sights around Ushuaia. This included a trip on the convict train (which is now a very well maintained tourist attraction), the southernmost post office in the world and the waterway that Darwin took when first approaching this area.

Ushuaia from the dock

Ushuaia from the dock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ushuaia 5 star hotels in the distance

Ushuaia 5 star hotels in the distance

Two explore ships going to Antarctica

Two explore ships going to Antarctica

 

 

 

 

 

Lyn and Harry boarding the convict train

Lyn and Harry boarding the convict train

Our train driver

Our train driver

 

 

 

 

 

Native habitat setting outside Ushuaia

Native habitat setting outside Ushuaia

 

Lyn doing the Macarena
Lyn doing the Macarena

 

 

 

 

 

Location Map

Location Map

Southernmost Post Office in the world

Southernmost Post Office in the world

 

 

 

 

 

Seals

Seals

Cormorants

Cormorants

Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

Day 15 – MONDAY 2nd February 2015

We left Punta Arenas at 8:00am for the journey to Ushuaia, which is on the southern side of Terre del Fuego. The day started out with bright sunshine and light winds.

Punta Arenas as we are leaving

Punta Arenas as we are leaving

 

 

 

 

 

Within one hour of our departure the weather closed in with heavy clouds and winds above 30 knots. But the ship handles these conditions quite well.

 

Punta Arenas

Day 14 – SUNDAY 1st February 2015

Arrived in Punta Arenas at 8:00 am. We are a long way south so it is very cold – less than 10c maximum temperature. The town overlooks the Magellan Straits towards Tierra del Fuego with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Apparently it is always windy here mostly between 20 and 50 knots but sometimes more. We took a tour of the city which included a couple of museums. Being Sunday no shops or cafes/restaurants were open.

The ship stayed alongside the wharf for the night departing at 8:00am for the trip around Cape Horn. (They obviously do not want to do this at night!).

Lyn at the Mayorino Borgatello Salesian Museum

Lyn at the Mayorino Borgatello Salesian Museum

View from Punta Arenas showing Terre del Fuego

View from Punta Arenas showing Terre del Fuego

Catholic Church in the centre of Punta Arenas

Catholic Church in the centre of Punta Arenas

Monument to Magellan

Monument to Magellan

45 Metre NZ yacht at Punta Arenas

45 Metre NZ yacht at Punta Arenas

 

 

 

 

Puerto Chacabuco to Port Arenas – 1

Day 12 – FRIDAY 30th January 2015

Day at sea. We sailed between the numerous islands that make up this area of Chile. The waterways are quite calm being protected from the swells and wind of the southern Pacific Ocean. The day was filled with bridge lessons and playing, cooking demonstrations, dance lessons, team trivia and eating.

After bridge I joined Lyn in the jive dance lesson which was great fun. Afterwards we met Gabriel and Vanessa who come from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. I am very excited to report that they want to meet with us while we are in Rio to show us around.

Laguna san Raphael

Day 11 – THURSDAY 29th January 2015

Sailed through the night to an area known as Laguna san Raphael where we anchored for the day. There are no towns or villages here. The purpose of the stop is to take in a view of the glacier in the area aboard a catamaran. There was only one catamaran for all the passengers. We went on the last trip for the day at 6:15pm. The glacier is actually in a lagoon that has a narrow channel that leads to the ocean. The scenery is quite spectacular.

Lyn on board Silver Shadow at Laguna san Raphael

Lyn on board Silver Shadow at Laguna san Raphael

Silver Shadow at Laguna san Raphael

Silver Shadow at Laguna san Raphael

On the way to the glacier

On the way to the glacier

Lyn and blind Michael on the way to the glacier

Lyn and blind Michael on the way to the glacier

Colin and Pam on the way to the glacier

Colin and Pam on the way to the glacier

Glacier at Laguna san Raphael

Glacier at Laguna san Raphael

 

 

 

 

Puerto Chacabuco

Day 10 – WEDNESDAY 28th January 2015

Drooped anchor at Puerto Chacabuco, a small town next to the Patagonian national park area. This area is protected from the Pacific Ocean by a string islands along the coast all the way down to Tierra del Fuego making the ship’s passage very steady in mostly calm waters.

Evidence of our visit

Evidence of our visit

Silver Shadow at Puerto Chacabuco

Silver Shadow at Puerto Chacabuco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A one and half hour bus ride took us inland to a park where we went on a nature walk and saw lots of local trees close up. At the end of the walk we were entertained by a troupe of child dancers who put on a very nice show. The venue overlooked a beautiful lake.

Waterfall at Aiken  Sur Private Park

Waterfall at Aiken Sur Private Park

Windswept Lyn at the lake in Aiken Sur Private Park

Windswept Lyn at the lake in Aiken Sur Private Park

Cute Folkloric Dancers at Aiken Sur Private Park

Cute Folkloric Dancers at Aiken Sur Private Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we have been on board we are eating dinner quite late (at least for us!), usually

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

around 8:00pm and don’t finish till after 10:00pm. So we don’t seem to get to bed till after midnight.

 

 

Puerto Montt

Day 9 – TUESDAY 27th January 2015

Dropped anchor at Puerto Montt, Chile. The ship cannot dock here so passengers are ferried ashore across to the port for shore activities.

Today we went rafting on the Petrohue River. In spite of the hour and twenty minute coach ride we had a very good day. Lyn was very apprehensive at first but the more wet she got the more she seemed to enjoy the experience.

Video to come

 At the end of the excursion the raft guides provided snacks and drinks and sold us their DVD of photographs that were taken by their professional photographer. I have included some of these below.

Rafting 1 - Gear distribution

Rafting 1 – Gear distribution

Rafting 2 - Will this one fit

Rafting 2 – Will this one fit

Rafting 3 - All dressed up ready to go

Rafting 3 – All dressed up ready to go

 

Rafting 4 - Full of anticipation and purpose

Rafting 4 – Full of anticipation and purpose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafting 5 - Are we praying

Rafting 5 – Are we praying

Rafting 6 - Very determined

Rafting 6 – Very determined

Rafting 7 - Who talked me in to this

Rafting 7 – Who talked me in to this

Rafting 8 - I really do not understand

Rafting 8 – I really do not understand

Rafting 9 - Now I am worried

Rafting 9 – Now I am worried

Rafting 10 - So this is how you do it

Rafting 10 – So this is how you do it

Rafting 11 - Treading carefully down to the river

Rafting 11 – Treading carefully down to the river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafting 12 - Harry, Virginia excited and Pam  happy but Lyn not so sure

Rafting 12 – Harry, Virginia excited and Pam happy but Lyn not so sure

Rafting 13 - On the water raring to go

Rafting 13 – On the water raring to go

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafting 14 - In to it now

Rafting 14 – In to it now

Rafting 15 - We will get through this

Rafting 15 – We will get through this

Rafting 16 - Through the first rapids

Rafting 16 – Through the first rapids

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafting 17 - We are going to get wet

Rafting 17 – We are going to get wet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafting 18 - Action

Rafting 18 – Action

Rafting 19 - Action

Rafting 19 – Action

Rafting 20 - Action

Rafting 20 – Action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafting 21 - Well I am having fun

Rafting 21 – Well I am having fun

Rafting 22 - This looks bad

Rafting 22 – This looks bad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafting 23 - Colin is working hard
Rafting 23 – Colin is working hard

 

Rafting 24 - Oh Dear
Rafting 24 – Oh Dear

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafting 26 - This is a worry

Rafting 26 – This is a worry

Rafting 27-Arrghh

Rafting 27-Arrghh

Rafting 28 - We made it

Rafting 28 – We made it

Lyn Colin and Pam Rafting

Lyn Colin and Pam Rafting

Michael Rafting

Michael Rafting

The Rafting Team

The Rafting Team

Australia Day

Day 8 – MONDAY 26th January 2015

Australia Day! No celebrations on board. Day at sea. Michael played bridge after lunch for the first time in more than 25 years. Lyn went to a line dancing session then we met up for the Trivia quiz. We finished in the middle of the field.

Trivia - it was a blur for me too

Trivia – it was a blur for me too

 

 

All Aboard!

Day 7 – SUNDAY 25th January 2015

Up early to get ready for the cruise!

Boarded Silver Shadow at 2:00pm. Had a quick look around the ship to get oriented. Nice ship with lots of bars and restaurants.

Up anchor - we are under way

Up anchor – we are under way

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navy ships in port as we leave

Navy ships in port as we leave

Almost out of the harbour

Almost out of the harbour

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner in the dining room, then a walk on the deck to watch the sun go down.

First sunset at sea

First sunset at sea

 

Valparaiso

 

Day 6 – SATURDAY 24th January 2015

Sergio drove all the way from Santiago (about an hour and half) to take us from the winery to our hotel in Vina del Mar which is near the port at Valparaiso where we will be boarding the ship for our cruise.

The hotel turned out to be a large house overlooking the ocean that had been completely renovated. The passages and rooms, although small, had been luxuriously fitted out.

Domus Mare Hotel - Valparaiso 1

Domus Mare Hotel – Valparaiso 1

Domus Mare Hotel - Valparaiso 3

Domus Mare Hotel – Valparaiso 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domus Mare Hotel - Valparaiso 2

Domus Mare Hotel – Valparaiso 2

 

 

 

 

 

Domus Luxury Hotel Terrace View

Domus Luxury Hotel Terrace View

Domus Luxury Hotel 3

Domus Luxury Hotel 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went for a very long walk around Vina del Mar ending with a light dinner at the Sheraton Miramar hotel.

 

Flower clock Vina del Mar

Flower clock Vina del Mar

Horse carriages Vina del Mar

Horse carriages Vina del Mar

Wulf Castle Vina del Mar

Wulf Castle Vina del Mar

Sunset on Sheraton Terrace

Sunset on Sheraton Terrace

Street dogs are protected in Chile

Street dogs are protected in Chile

Promenade Vina del Mar - looks like French Riviera

Promenade Vina del Mar – looks like French Riviera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we got back to our room at the hotel we were just getting organised for bed where there was a power cut. The lights went out so I (Michael) went to investigate. At the bottom step I managed to trip and fall and hit my head on the wall opposite! Lots of blood but it was only a small wound and a big bump. The hotel were very attentive and arranged for medical attention at their cost. I was OK with a bit of a headache and a few body bruises from the fall.

 

 

Matetic Winery

Day 5 – FRIDAY 23rd January 2015

We left Santiago at 1:00pm for the drive to La Cason hotel which is attached to the Matetic Winery. Here we met up with Harry and Virginia Boon and their friends Colin and Pam Mitchell from the UK. Did a tour of the winery followed by a tasting session.

Matetic winemaker in action

Matetic winemaker in action

Matetic Chardonnay maturing in French Oak

Matetic Chardonnay maturing in French Oak

Distracted winery guide at tasting

Distracted winery guide at tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really nice ...blooms at La Cason hotel

Really nice …blooms at La Cason hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had a really nice dinner in the hotel’s dining room.

 

 

 

Chile by the sea

Day 4 – THURSDAY 22nd January 2015

Sergio collected us at 10:00am again today to take us to the coast to see some villages and towns that service local holiday makers. Some places are very up market with expensive and luxurious houses and apartments. The area is called Zapallar.

Beach house at Zapallar

Beach house at Zapallar

Seaside at Zapallar

Seaside at Zapallar

Boats at Zapallar

Boats at Zapallar

 

 

Beach Restaurant at Zapallar

Beach Restaurant at Zapallar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way back to Santiago we briefly passed through Vina del Mar and Valparaiso.

On the beach at Vina del Mar
On the beach at Vina del Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Valparaiso 2

Old Valparaiso 2

Old Valparaiso 2

Old Valparaiso 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maritime Museum - Valparaiso

Maritime Museum – Valparaiso

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way back to Santiago we visited a winery for some wine tasting.

Conchay Toro  Winery

Conchay Toro Winery

 

 

 

 

 

Having spent the last few days around Santiago we decided to change our plans and stay at a winery and meet up with Harry and Virginia. We were lucky enough to find the last available room at the winery’s hotel. Accommodation for the next night in Valparaiso proved far more difficult to organise. Being a holiday season all the 4 and 5 star hotels were fully booked. Nevertheless we found a very expensive room at a boutique hotel. We shall see!

Outside Santiago

Day 3 – WEDNESDAY 21st January 2015

Sergio picked us at 10:00am for a drive in the countryside following the river to the Cascada de Las Animas (Waterfall of the Spirits) which is a nature adventure park with two water falls that are almost dry in the summer but gushing the rest of the year. Since it is summer it was hardly worth seeing. But the hike through the reserve and up to the falls was worth the effort. They have a couple of Pumas which are kept in large enclosures.

 

Cascada de las Animas - Trail

Cascada de las Animas – Trail

Cascada de las Animas - Briefing

Cascada de las Animas – Briefing

Cascada de las Animas - Suspension bridge

Cascada de las Animas – Suspension bridge

Santiago SIghtgseeing

Day 2 – TUESDAY 20th January 2015

A few sleepless hours in the middle of the night made us rise late for our 10:00am sightseeing tour. Just managed to squeeze in a light breakfast before we got under way.

Santiago is a big sprawling city of about 7 million people. It appears to be clean, modern and safe with very wide streets (except for the old part of the city) with lots of parklands.

Sergio drove us around to see the main municipal and military buildings and other monumental sights.

Had an unsatisfactory steak dinner at Santabrassa restaurant. Won’t go there again.

Unfortunately, I managed to lose most of the first day’s pictures. Sorry.

View from our hotel - Marriott Santiago

View from our hotel – Marriott Santiago

Sydney to Santiago

Day 1 – MONDAY 19th January 2015

8:15 Qantas flight from Coolangatta to Sydney, then delayed LAN flight at 12:30 to Santiago arriving at 12:30pm local time (11:30pm Queensland time).

Our local guide and driver, Sergio Castro, met us at the airport for transfer to our hotel. Sergio is going to be with us every day to take us to places of interest.

Neither of us slept a wink on the flight so we were totally exhausted by the time we got to our hotel (Marriott). We had a light Mexican fast food dinner before going to sleep about 6:30.

Unfortunately I manage to lose the photos that I took up to now and the first day in Santiago. Sorry.