Alter Strom

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  • Day14

    Day 11 - Lake and Volcanoes

    January 9, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Up early for continental breakfast then line up for tender tickets as we docked in Puerto Montt. The port does not have a bearth long enough for the Eclipse, so to go ashore, we take the tenders, lifeboats acting as water taxis. We were invited to jump the queue because we were ready to go immediately. The tenders hold about 120 people each and the ship deployed four to ferry us to the dock. The ride was smooth and quick (10 minutes).

    At the Celebrity dock, the shore staff guided us out into the Chilean port. Our tour guide was to meet us outside the port gate and she was waiting as a brief shower passed over. We were early so sat in the lobby of the port building to wait. Right on time, we loaded the 30-passenger bus with the rest of our tour group and took off. Darla, our guide, kept up a running commentary of what we saw as we passed through Puerto Montt and on the rest of our trip.

    Puerto Montt is the gateway to Patagonia, the southern Andes highlands, shared with Argentina. It is a large, fairly modern city and a big port. The Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960, created a tsunami that wiped out most of the town. The people have rebuilt and it seemed a thriving city as we drove through it. We headed out of the city, climbing past a colorful folk art painted wall.

    Along the whole drive from around the area, the land is heavily and productively farmed using up-to-date methods. There are grain fields, vegetable farms, fruit orchards, cattle ranches, and other crops. The area was settled by German Lutherans fleeing persecution and economic hardship in the 1840s onwards. The architecture is very German. The drive throughout the day was sometimes in rain. Short showers came and went, usually lasting only five to ten minutes. At one point, hail spattered the bus and ground for 15 seconds.

    The hills and mountains rose up as we went inland to Lake Llanquihue, a huge glacial lake. Puerto Varas is on the shore of the lake, a short 30 minutes away from Pto. Montt. We continued through Pto. Varas to Rosales National Park . The 15 minute drive along the lake was beautiful. The towering Osorno Volcano rose up, snow-topped, its peak hidden by clouds ahead to the left, on the lakeside. Rising up on the inland side was the Calbuco Volcano.

    The Petrohue Falls are between the two volcanoes. This is a falls on the glacial fed Petrohue River. A short walk over well marked and crowded paths opens onto to the rushing, intensely aqua river crashing and swishing over and through the old volcanic basalt. The river drains a glacial lake high up between volcanoes.

    We went back along Lake Llanquihue the way we'd come to Pto. Varas. We stopped in town for a half hour look around then to a parking lot on the lakeside where our guide and driver served us homemade empanadas and Chilean wine. Best empanadas we've had and a great wine.

    The tour took us to the small town of Fruitilla while Darla continued to explain the German heritage of th he area. Another of the German settlments along the Llanquihue, Fruitilla is only two long streets on the lakeside but it is known for its kuchen and struddle and theater. We carried out a blueberry kuchen and tea and coffee from a packed, tiny bakery and ate under the eves of the theater-on-the-lake while another shower passed. The theater is a modern building that produces many shows and holds classes.

    The bus took us back to Pto. Montt and left us at the passenger terminal where we got the tender back to the Eclipse.

    In the evening, we took in the show before dinner. The stage hosted Teacake, the "Duchess of Soul." She did a tribute set to Areatha Franklin and Whitney Houston. She was great! We lingered over dinner with our table mates, talking about our common but coincidental professions (3 engineers and 3 educators) and our German ancestry.

    Tomorrow and the next are days at sea.
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  • Day2


    April 21, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Soo heute eine Wanderung zur Wilhelmshöhe unter nommen ca 8km ein wunder schöner weg durch einen Kiefernwald und zu rück am Wasser entlang das Wetter meint es gut mit uns nur Sonne ,und in einem Nobelrestaurant sehr gut zu Abend gegessen frischen Fisch leckerRead more

  • Day4

    Schiffe gucken in Warnemünde

    May 12, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heute sind Drei Kreuzfahrtschiffe in Warnemünde: Brilliance of Seas, Norwegian Breakaway und AidaMar.
    besonderer Erstanlauf: Mit der knapp 326 Meter langen „Norwegian Breakaway“ der Norwegian Cruise Line kommt das größte Schiff der diesjährigen Kreuzfahrtsaison ins Ostseebad.Read more

  • Day1

    Ankunft warnemünde

    August 28, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Für uns ging es diesesmal alleine auf eine kleine Auszeit. Angekommen in Warnemünde ging es erstmal richtung Hotel zum check in. Wir wollten den Urlaub einen Tag verlängern, gesagt getan. Den Tag bei Hitze an der Promenade genossen, abends essen gewesen und ab zum Hafen. 3 Kreuzfahrschiffe verließen den Hafen. Das konnten wir uns nicht entgehen lassen. Sonnenuntergang angesehen an Strand bevor es ab ins Hotel ging... Am nächsten morgen sind wir ganz früh mit Kamera zum Strabd, einlaufen unserer Diva. Ich bin erstmal kurz in die Ostsee gesprungen, ab ibs Hotel Duschen, Frühstücken und Richtung Hafen wo die Diva auf uns wartete... Check inn, Foto machen lassen und erstmal die Kabiene beziehen. Koffer auspacken und sich des lebens freuen das es endluch los geht.. ✔️Wie immer hieß es gegen 17 uhr Seenotrettungsübung... 😂 Alle sehen so glücklich aus, sind freundlich und gut gelaunt... Lis ging es gegen 18 uhr, bestes Wetter 🌡 hot hot hot... Abends Poolparty, Tanzen, singen und einfach das Leben genießen... Den Wilkommens sekt gab es im Theatrium anstatt auf dem Pooldeck, da es etwas regnete und weiter weg blitze zu sehen waren...Read more

  • Day4


    April 5, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Im Sommer ist hier bestimmt die Hölle los. Heute wechselt sich Regen ☔️ und Sonne 🌞 ab. Jetzt fängt es gerade wieder an zu regnen aber gleich legt auch mein Schiff 🚢 zurück nach Rostock auch wieder ab.Read more

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