January 30, 2015 Beagle Channel, Chile It’s called Glacier Alley with glaciers to the north of the Beagle Channel pouring down from the Tierra del Fuego ice field. Beech trees line the South shore of the channel. It’s pretty spectacular, especially given the unseasonably warm and sunny weather. The ice sparkles blue. If you have been on the 26 Glacier Cruise outside of Anchorage or … Continue reading Quick, Before it Melts
January 30, 2015 Ushuaia, Argentina. Here is the second claimant to “end of the world.” Ushuaia is a newer town than Punta Arenas. It was founded in 1870 by missionaries from the Falkland Islands wishing to convert the natives of Tierra del Fuego. Add to that some sealers and you get a strange mix. Argentina needed to solidify its claim to part of Tierra del … Continue reading Or is This the End of the World?
January 29, 2011 Punta Arenas, Chile Dear Friends, Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia have a rivalry. Both claim to be at the end of the world. Both claim to be the furthest south city in the world. Looking at a map it’s no contest, Ushuaia is obviously south of Punta Arenas. Punta Arenas makes its case saying it is a city while Ushuaia is only … Continue reading Is This The End of The World?
January 27, 2015 Riding it out at sea. Dear Friends, “Sitka is a nice place to live but you wouldn’t want to visit there” is the old aphorism. If you live there you get the advantage of all the beautiful days but if you visit, especially for one day on a cruise ship, you stand a better than average chance of wind, rain, or gray. … Continue reading Germany in Chile
January 24, 2015 Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile Alexander Selkirk started it all. A Scot sailing on a British privateer, he didn’t like the way the ship was being run. He thought it was dangerous and would founder (turns out he was right) and he demanded to be let off the ship. The Captain obliged marooning him on the Juan Fernández Islands with a knife, musket … Continue reading Ultimate Survivor
January 22, 2015 Sailing out of Valparaiso, Chile, Valparaiso is the port for Santiago, Chile’s capital. The ship offered several tours to the capital and the wine country. In our two port days we never got beyond gritty Valpo and its more refined neighbor, Viña del Mar, an adjacent upscale beach and bedroom community. Valpo kept our interest. The city is a giant amphitheater looking … Continue reading Up and Down in Valparaiso
January 18, 2015 Arica, Chile Before he designed the framework for the Statue of Liberty, before his famous tower and before his infamous design for the locks on the French attempt to dig a Panama Canal (for which he was arrested and jailed) Gustave Eiffel made pre-fabricated buildings. In 1868 Arica, Peru (as it then was) was devastated by an Earthquake and Tsunami. In 1876 … Continue reading Eiffel in Peru (or is it Chile).