January 15, 2013 - Stanley, East Falkland Island
Good visibility; mostly sunny
Wind: S 4; Sea: Smooth; Air Temp. 20C (68F)
Stanley, on East Falkland, is the largest port and capital of the British Falkland Islands........number 3 on the right side of the map.
Loving those English cottage garden lupines.......
The traditional colorful buildings are constructed from wood with corrugated iron roofs, the light weight of which makes them the most practical to import - almost everything is imported into the Falkland Islands.
Needed to get out those sunglasses, perfect weather for sightseeing, as I was enjoying here. Just wish we'd had more time to explore this interesting town and island.........
........these guys obviously just wanted to sunbathe
on the waterfront.
Paula at Christ Church Cathedral - southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world - constructed in 1890-92 of local stone and brick. The whalebone arch was constructed in 1933 to commemorate a century of British rule - the arch consists of massive jawbones from two blue whales.
John driving us back to the ship after exploring Stanley.
The Falkland Islands are beautiful..............just a few hours in each place were hardy long enough to explore the history and view the bucolic scenery and wildlife, and at 1:00 PM we upped anchor and sailed away. Our bus driver, John, who drove us from the small port area into and back from town, had a familiar accent - he was from Somerset, England, adjacent to Devon, my home county! When I asked how he ended up in this remote place (pop. 2,050), he said he and his wife came for a visit some years ago and stayed, embracing the quiet, peaceful life of island living.
OK, I know what you are thinking! Where are the white snow-covered mountains, glaciers and icebergs? What's happened to the plan to see Antarctica? Patience readers..........Antarctica is so far away, but all that and more is coming soon.
Next stop begins our following the amazing journey of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton - our expedition being named "The Spirit of Shackleton". South Georgia Island was two sea days away and we were full of anticipation.............and were in no way disappointed at what was awaiting us. Stay tuned.