STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS. This was a great day for us. We had made arrangements to have a local driver take us to the area with the largest penguin colonies in the South America region. The ride to the penguin area was a real fun experience in itself, and to see the multitlude of penguins when we reached the ocean area was almost unbelievable. Thousands of them - mostly seeming oblivious to all of the people snapping zillions of pictures of them. We'd heard of the extreme wind & rains that often hit the islands, and had come prepared with raincoats & warm clothing. Our day there was a bright sunny one - it couldn't have been nicer. Our driver was a fountain of information about almost any question we asked about the Falklands, and had a delightful sense of humor. All in all, it was one of the highlights of our trip.
BUT,FOR ME, THE DAYS AT SEA WHILE IN THE WATERS NEAR ANTARCTICA LEFT WHAT WILL BE THE MOST LONG LASTING MEMORIES. THE SHEER BEAUTY OF IT ALL WAS AMAZIBG - MANY ICEBERGS MUCH LARGER THAN THE SHIP - SOME LANDLOCKED, SOME FLOATIBG. AREAS OF OPEN WATER THAT WOULD VERY QUICKLY GET CLOGGED WITH SMALLER BERGS TO THE POINT THAT THEY BECAME IMPASSABLE. AND OF COURSE, GIGANTIC GLACIERS WITH WHAT LOOKED LIKE BLUE GROTTOS AND LARGE CAVES JUST ABOVE THE WATER LINE. IT TRULY WAS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME - ONE THAT I'LL REMEMBER ALWAYS.