Falkland Islands
Stanley

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  • Day223

    Falkland Islands

    December 15, 2017 in Falkland Islands

    Even though we’re traveling on a luxurious ship with all the comforts you can imagine (champagne, sir?), this first stop on our trip helped us to quickly remember we’re in a very remote part of the world that few people will ever have the opportunity to see. The crazy part is that we still have a very long way to go to get somewhat close to where the early (and current) explorers and researchers traveled to document and preserve this incredible part of the world.
    Once we were cleared to get off the ship (very strict bio-security measures), we jumped into Land Rovers driven by locals over dense, spongy peat fields to visit a rock-hopper penguin colony. After hanging out with the penguins for an hour or so, we headed back to the capital, Port Stanley. We walked the main street and visited the very impressive museum that included a great exhibit presenting a local viewpoint of the short occupation and brutal war with Argentina in ’82. Before returning to the ship to begin 2 days of sailing to South Georgia we stopped in one of the pubs to enjoy a local pint.
    This is an amazing, unique, wind-swept group of islands, with a population of just 3,000 people. A beautiful and remote place.
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  • Day13

    Îles Malouines/Falklands/Malvinas

    March 18, 2017 in Falkland Islands

    Une île "so british" au large de l'Amérique du Sud ! La tension avec l'Argentine voisine est palpable (pour ceux qui l'ont oubliée, il y a eu une guerre ici en 1982 entre l'Angleterre et l'Argentine, cette dernière revendiquant l'île depuis son indépendance de l'Espagne, au 19ème siècle).
    La première colonie a été française. Les îles furent nommées Malouines en l'honneur des habitants de Saint-Malo !Read more

  • Day24

    Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

    November 16, 2017 in Falkland Islands

    We expected a desolate, windswept island and instead found a strangely attractive island with a variety of flora and fauna. We saw many species of ducks, geese and birds and tall grasses, gorse, hedges and even the odd palm tree. It is early spring here so a few brave flowers were in bloom. And we saw a couple of families of geese with a clutch of goslings.

    But the main draw is the penguins. We had 2 choices: a very bumpy (and expensive) ship excursion to see a large penguin colony on the other side of the island from where we docked or a $20 USD shuttle to Gypsy Cove. The Hadleys and the Delaneys opted for the shuttle to Gypsy Cove. It is a lovely bay where some of the Magellan penguins come to nest. We were lucky to see a few penguins as well as some lovely sea birds, some impressive raptors and a couple of gun emplacements left over from the war between Argentina and Great Britain.

    We elected to walk part of the way back and happened upon the Lighthouse Mariners Mission run by a lovely woman and her husband (who we did not get to meet). Not actually open to the public, we were invited to have a cup of coffee and warm up before we continued our walk back to town. Despite the inference of the word “mission” this appears to be a not-for-profit, non-affiliated refuge for merchant sailors on the boats that dock in Port Stanley. They see many sailors from East Asia who work, primarily, on the fishing boats. The Falklands have a robust squid population which attracts boats from the Far East. The mission provides a safe, alcohol free social club with some services such as WIFI, clothes, coffee and games such as chess, football and pool. For injured or sick sailors, accommodation is offered in which to recover, paid for by insurance.

    Today was windy, overcast and about 45 F. Much as I enjoyed the day, I cannot imagine living here year round, with my 2700 neighbors and not much else. A great example of “Great place to visit....”. You know the rest. However, if you need a job, we're told there are more positions available than there are people!

    Tomorrow we were to go to Ushuaia but just learned that port is to dangerous to visit (huge waves) so we're headed for Punta Arenas.
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  • Day106

    Day 106: Port Stanley

    November 3, 2016 in Falkland Islands

    Last day at the Falklands, we traveled a lot by night and docked the ship on the far east corner at Port Stanley inside their circled bay. We got to land by zodiacs again and when I was looking around in their city souvenir shop Rob plucked me out to join his Taxi. A great plan because I didn't come here for shops and cities. We went to Gypse Cove a hill on the other side of the bay. We decided to take a one way ride with the little tour woman. Did the site seeing what meant that we looked around for wildlife and the history artifacts over there. A sort of flag canon, beaches with mines and some shipwrecks. Not a hospitable place for outsiders, this is because Argentina and England still disagree about who is the rightfull owner of the Falkland islands. We walked around and back to the Harbor in 3 hours and saw many wildlife and took beautifull shots. The good weather made it even better and we arrived just in time for one of the last Zodiacs to the Ortellius. We did 18km and almost half was with the cab so we had good exercise also. We had lunch and actually I ate double pasta 😉. I went sorting my photo's and fell a sleep, woke up 2 hours later for a Lecture about a company that is supported by oceanwide and connects groups together to support the preservation of wildlife all over the globe. After this we had re-cap and diner and I stayed in the bar afterwards to go on with the photo's without falling a sleep. I managed untill the bar closed and even longer untill 00:30. Finally normal bedtimes again😉.Read more

  • Day4

    Heading South

    January 21, 2017 in Falkland Islands

    The day the trip really begins. I boarded the flight to Stanley wondering what lay ahead of us. There's only one flight a week so you can't afford to miss it or you miss the boat, literally, not a good look.

    What we found was a little piece of England with English shops, houses and people. The Falklands is a windswept island, it was raining, it was cold and the scenery seemed dark and brooding to those of us from sunnier shores.

    Nothing prepared me for the size of the Polar Pioneer - it was much smaller than I expected and I was about to sail off into the open sea - bloody hell, what had I done?

    We set off in the early evening for 2 days of open sea to get us to South Georgia. A time to get to know my fellow travellers, read a little and learn more about where we were going from our on-board experts.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Stanley, Port Stanley, ستانلي, Stenli, Горад Стэнлі, Порт Стенли, Στάνλεϋ, Stanlejo, Puerto Argentino, استنلی، جزایر فالکلند, Porto Arxentino/Stanley, סטנלי, Պորտ Սթենլի, スタンリー, Стенли, Порт-Стэнли, 스탠리, Puerto Archentinas/Stenlis, സ്റ്റാൻലി, पोर्ट स्टॅन्ली, سٹینلے, Port Stenlis, இசுடான்லி, สแตนลีย์, Порт-Стенлі, اسٹینلے، جزائر فاکلینڈ, סטאנלי, 斯坦利港, 斯坦利

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