Buenos Aires, Argentina:
March 6-8, 2018
First stop when heading south to reach the embarkation point
for most ships sailing to the end of the world.
After joining our friends form California, Paula, Kim, and Rob at the Dallas
airport, we met up with the majority of our soon to be 105 'new best friends/shipmates'
here in the vibrant Argentinian capital - home of TANGO - and a city I
visited back in 2013 HERE on the way to Antarctica.
Paula and I were thrilled to see two familiar British couples among the crowd, we all
met on another Noble Caledonia ship 5 years ago when we went to Japan and
In Buenos Aires nothing seemed to have changed. . . . . . a huge bustling city
of contrasts, from screaming colors and tango music of barrio San Telmo, to
the quiet neutrals in the Recoleta Cemetery.
~ Floralis Generica ~
Designed and paid for by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano, the Floralis Generica,
a giant silver flower, has been a striking city landmark since it opened in 2002.
The enormous metal flower blooms anew each day in a pool of water next to the
National Museum of Fine Arts, revealing four long stamens inside.
No one goes to Recoleta cemetery without a visit to Evita’s grave. By Recoleta
standards, however, it is quite nondescript. Three years after former First Lady Perón
died of cancer in 1952, her body was removed by the Argentine military in the wake
of a coup that deposed her husband, President Juan Perón.
The body then went on a transatlantic odyssey for nearly twenty years before
finally being returned to the Duarte family mausoleum in Recoleta Cemetery.
She now lies in a crypt five meters underground, heavily fortified to ensure that
no one can disturb the remains of Argentina’s most beloved and
controversial First Lady.
I have hundreds of pix from sunny, hot Buenos Aires but no way to share
them all - so here's Bob checking the time and telling me it's time to get back on
the bus, so that's it for now!
Next time I'll show you our quick stop in Ushuaia where the Hebridean Sky was
awaiting to welcome us and sail away to the actual bottom of the world!
We arrived home on Friday after the 8 hour flight from Santiago, Chile
to Miami, then another 2 hours to Raleigh. Greeted by sunshine but very
chilly temperatures - apparently March was quite fierce whilst we were gone -
I was glad for my own bed. . . . . .and silly things such as my coffee mug, pillow,
and our tweeting pair of Carolina wrens on the front porch.
Early in the trip (and I'm still suffering) I did come down with the dreaded 'bug'
which seems ever-present these days when flying and spending time in close
quarters on ships etc. No matter how hard one tries with hand sanitizer, germs
are spread, and I still have to say those European colds/chest infections always
hit me hard when I travel, seeming to be much more intense than our run
of the mill American upper respiratory bugs!
Anyway, we did have a wonderful time on this latest expedition trip - and
gradually I'll share all the amazing days at sea as we cruised the Chilean
fjords, met lovely people, saw places few have the privilege of visiting - for
lack of that always fabulous rubber Zodiac boat - and were just thrilled by water,
mountains, glaciers, wildlife, rainbows and stars.