Paul S Bryers, December 29, 2016
Although we are ahead of the storm, the Captain says we are still getting some 30 foot waves which are making us shake, rattle and roll (a bit). I don’t think it’s bad at all.
Chris was up birdwatching before me but then Dramamine was required and a consequent nap…
Plenty of Giant Southern Petrels around…
and the occasional Great Skua….
Apparently an Albatross was spotted but I didn’t get a photo – yet.
Paul S Bryers, December 26, 2019
We spent our final day in BA, December 23, just strolling around….
And then a bit of pool time….
On December 24, we flew over the Andes to Santiago, Chile – some great views (credit to Chris for the glacier photo).
On arrival at our hotel, we were surprised to see that our and other hotels, as well as all businesses, had metal shutters in place to protect from protesters. We knew about the ongoing protests against wealth inequality, of course, but had not realized the scale. While the protesters’ cause is very understandable it was sad to see the damage and graffiti everywhere..
Christmas Day was very quiet and we just walked around the city center a bit – big police presence but all seemed safe. Popped into a mass which had great singing…
Had our Christmas Day drinks and dinner at the W – terrific views.
Today, December 26, we transferred over to the Sheraton to meet the Hurtigruten staff – very organized! We had a bit of pool time this afternoon and are now excited about our flight to Punta Arenes tomorrow to start the Hurtigruten Antartica cruise.
By Paul S. Bryers, December 22, 2019
After an early departure from the cruise ship at Buenos Aires, most of the rest of the day was spent recovering at the hotel from the fun time we had over the last 18 days cruising. Le Patios de San Telmo are very nice accommodations and well located – lovely out door spaces and there is a sculpture of a horse with its head coming out of its arse, which is unusual.
We had recovered enough by night time to go out and have a drink at The Oldest, a pub run by Joaquin in the Belgrano area.
We then went on to meet some friends from the cruise at Positano (https://positanolirica.com.ar), where you have dinner and are entertained by opera singers (very good), tango dancers and a comedian in drag. Great time had by all!
The following day we did a hop on/off bus tour (blue and red routes, 3.5 hours) which was interesting to get an overview of the city, but a bit tedious in places.
Following the bus tour we went for light bites and wine at San Telmo Market – delicious and noisy.
Finally, we had dinner at La Poesia Bar (http://www.losnotables.com.ar/cafe-la-poesia/) which did excellent trout and salmon.
Today we took a 5 hour tour which included a boat trip along the coastal waters of Buenos Aires’ Rio de la Plata and up the smaller rivers to Le Tigre – these smaller rivers have houses along the banks only accessible by boat.
Not sure yet where dinner will be tonight or what we will do with our final day in BA tomorrow.