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Monthly Archives / December 2007

Buenos Aires: Sightseeing

December 21, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Arrival in Buenos Aires at midnight was just as I wished, warm and balmy after chilly Patagonia. First Day The first day I walked north up Avenida Florida, a pedestrianized shopping street running through the heart of the city. At the north end, is Galerias Pacifico, a shopping mall with frescoed ceilings and an elegant […]

Patagonia, Part 2: Ushuaia and El Calafate

December 21, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Ushuaia After arriving off the ship to snowfall in Ushuaia, we picked up our rental car as planned and despite the snow, headed off to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Tierra del Fuego is a stunning Nat’l Park of snow topped mountains dropping down into the ocean; there’s also regional moss covered (nire) pine trees […]

Antarctic Dream, Day 8: Deception Island, Telefon Bay

December 17, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

The final day with the possibility of Antarctic landings, we were at Deception Island, a volcanic hotspot.  Its similar to Santorini in Greece in that the volcano erupted to create the island and then later the central part sunk leaving just the circular ring.   However, the island is nearly an entire circle and the only […]

Antarctic Dream, Day 7: A long day at sea and then…

December 17, 2007 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

A passenger needed to be air evacuated so we made the very lengthy and time consuming trip all the way back north to the South Shetland’s King George Island, the only place in Antarctic with an airport. We were told many countries had bases along there including, Great Britain, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, China, and Korea. […]

Antarctic Dream, Day 6: Lemaire Channel

December 17, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

In the morning we passed through the Lemaire Channel, popularly known as Kodak Gap since its one of the most scenic and photogenic places on the whole voyage.  This passage is 1-mi wide at its narrowest and from a distance doesn’t even look open.  In fact, most of the year, its so covered with ice […]

Antarctic Dream, Day 4: South Shetland Islands

December 12, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

By 9am we were dressed and in a very unorganized fashion (this seems to be a trend for this ship) getting loaded into Zodiacs for our ride over to Aitcho Island, part of the South Shetland chain.  It was –3degreesC outside with a light blizzard. Penguins, Penguins, Penguins!! Upon arriving on shore we were greeted […]

Patagonia, Part 1: Punta Arenas and Ushuaia

December 11, 2007 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Though Chile may look small on a map, this is very misleading. In fact the flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas, southern Chilean Patagonia, was more than 3hours. Getting off the plane we noted there was a definite chill in the air. While still at the airport, we explored options on how to get back […]