Santiago Day 2: A Day of Wine & Roses in Chile’s Casablanca Valley

Santiago Day 2: A Day of Wine & Roses in Chile’s Casablanca Valley

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Chile | 4 Comments

“So give as much care to the end as the beginning.” ~Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching The end of a journey can be a funny thing. Sightseeing is over, bags are packed, the home fires beckon. Like an afterthought, the last day often becomes a footnote to the trip instead of the final paragraph. The end […]

Santiago Day 1: La Chascona, Cerro San Cristóbal & Plaza de Armas

Santiago Day 1: La Chascona, Cerro San Cristóbal & Plaza de Armas

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Chile | 2 Comments

“We need to sit on the rim of the well of darkness and fish for fallen light with patience.” ~Pablo Neruda, The Sea and the Bells There’s something uniquely wonderful about walking through a house where someone we’ve admired once lived. Passing by the table where they ate, the desk where they wrote or the […]

Frutillar, Chile: A Little Slice of Germany in the Chilean Lake District

Frutillar, Chile: A Little Slice of Germany in the Chilean Lake District

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Chile | No Comments

The clues to Fruitillar’s heritage are scattered throughout the lovely lakeside town. Bavarian-looking architecture. A clock that seems like it belongs in an alpine village. A restaurant door carved with names of German cities. And one of the town’s main attractions: Museo Colonial Alemán, the German Colonial Museum. Nestled on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, […]

Castro, Chile: Colorful World on Isla Chiloé

Castro, Chile: Colorful World on Isla Chiloé

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Chile | No Comments

“Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” ~Paul Gaugin The residents of Castro, Chile, have a wonderfully creative, think-outside-the-crayon-box sense of style when it comes to color. The town’s wooden stilt houses called palafitos are swathed in a world of oranges, greens, blues and reds, all in the deepest and boldest […]

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile: Finding Meaning in a Most Unusual Place

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile: Finding Meaning in a Most Unusual Place

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Chile | 6 Comments

“There is absolutely nothing there!” Jo was laughing as I asked her about Puerto Chacabuco, our next port of call in Chilean Patagonia. As one of Seabourn’s Destination Services staffers, Jo was helping passengers book last-minute tours for this unplanned stop. With an instantly likeable smile and a twinkle in her eye, she continued to […]

Chilean Patagonia: The Great Albatross & Cruising the Strait of Magellan

Chilean Patagonia: The Great Albatross & Cruising the Strait of Magellan

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Chile | 4 Comments

“I now belong to a higher cult of mortals, for I have seen the albatross.” ~Robert Cushman Murphy It was the photograph that had eluded me. After more than two weeks of travel in Antarctica and southern South America, I had memory cards brimming with pictures of penguins, sea lions and sea birds…but none of […]

Punta Arenas, Chile: Magdalena Island & The Magnificent Magellanic Penguins

Punta Arenas, Chile: Magdalena Island & The Magnificent Magellanic Penguins

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Chile | No Comments

“More penguins?” my husband Herb asked as we were finalizing plans for our day in Punta Arenas. “Aren’t you penguined-out by now?” The truth was that I would never completely tire of watching the antics of such delightful creatures. And the other truth was that the Magellanic penguins would be new to us, a species […]

Rounding Cape Horn & Cruising the Beagle Channel: A Tale of Two Waters

Rounding Cape Horn & Cruising the Beagle Channel: A Tale of Two Waters

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Argentina, Chile | 2 Comments

“It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers, and especially as contrasted with the dead white of the upper expanse of snow.” ~Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle Cape Horn Five-thirty came early as we turned off the alarm and made our way to the Observation […]

Ushuaia, Argentina: Land of Fire at the End of the World

Ushuaia, Argentina: Land of Fire at the End of the World

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Argentina | 2 Comments

When a place calls itself Fin del Mundo – “the end of the world” – you know it must lay claim to some pretty serious bragging rights. And when you add the phrase Tierra del Fuego – “land of fire” – into the description, it’s a safe bet that you’re in for a fascinating time. […]

Antarctica Days 5 & 6: An Unexpected Ending & Life On Board

Antarctica Days 5 & 6: An Unexpected Ending & Life On Board

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Antarctica | 2 Comments

We had just finished our evening recap & briefing meeting and were heading to dinner when Captain Dag’s voice came over the public address system. Two guests needed serious medical treatment, he told us, and the ship had to change its course. The upcoming morning’s planned glacier hike on Niko Island would be cancelled. Instead, […]