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Antarctica #8 – Plenty of penguins and whales

Dear friends, This will be my last blog from the Antarctic Peninsula, as after this day we just had the long way north across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia before disembarking and heading back to Buenos Aires. Having travelled only a short distance north from the day before we had a morning excursion to the [...]

Antarctica #7 – Rough seas and seals

Dear friends, We had a fairly rough passage up the west coast of Adelaide Island overnight and through the morning, so it was quite exciting to spend a little time up on the bridge and watch the waves breaking over the prow and often splashing right up over the windows. But when we came into [...]

Antarctica #6 – Paddling, plunging and rocking

Dear friends, A recap on where we have got to on our Antarctic adventure - the last blog was about Red Rock Ridge and Stonington Island which was the furthest south we venture into waters at 68 degrees south. We then travelled north for two more stops - Horseshoe Island and Bourgeois Fjord, marked 4 [...]

Antarctic #4 – The Lemaire Channel & the Iceberg garden

Dear friends, A map below for a quick recap.  My last story was about Port Lockroy, with its museum, post office and penguins. That same afternoon we steamed south-west along the coast of the peninsula and through the Lemaire Channel. Both Sarah and I stayed up on the front deck for several hours as we [...]

Antarctica #3 – Port Lockroy & Penguins

Dear friends, Another day in the South and plenty to keep us on our toes at Port Lockroy, which comprises Jougla Point and Goudier Island, both of which are home to numerous nesting gentoo penguins. On the rocks between the water and the mountains, nesting penguins. Gentoo penguins are ground-nesting birds, making rudimentary nests from [...]

Antarctica #1 – Crossing the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands

Dear friends, And so we embarked on a truly marvellous adventure with Quark Expeditions on the M/V Ocean Endeavour, captained by Dmytro Ashanin, with a crew of some 100 to cater for all our needs while on-board and an expedition team of 29 to provide pertinent information and guidance throughout the trip.  Although the ship [...]

2020-02-24T11:01:40+00:00February 24th, 2020|Animals, photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Ushuaia|1 Comment

Canada #1 – Scarecrows, scenery and scarlet coats in Bromont

Dear friends, The last part of my North American tour was over the border into Canada, to Quebec to be more precise, and to Bromont to be really exact!  I visited my friends Andree and Denis here in the summer two years ago to help celebrate their wedding and what a pleasure to visit again [...]

USA #4 – Fall Colors in Vermont

Dear friends, I have long wanted to see the fall colours in Vermont and it turns out that I was there at the optimum time to glory in those remarkable colours and bright landscapes.  How great to have my friend Lois who lives near Duxbury, between Montpelier and Burlington, to take me through some stunning [...]

USA #3 – Lake Champlain and the road trip

Dear friends, It's amazing what you can fit into a week if you are with energetic and generous friends. Rada and Steve have a beautiful house right on the shore of Lake Champlain in Upper New York State, and although I am not generally an early riser, getting up before six am to view the [...]

USA #2 Out and about in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

Dear friends, Such a lovely week in around Washington DC, staying with my friend Betsy, a colleague from my Geneva days, and meeting up with others from my past, the Ethiopian artist Wasihun (see my most recent journal entry), with Carroll who was UNICEF rep in Myanmar when I worked there for the International Red [...]

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