The Magic Castle: An Enchanting Evening in the Heart of Hollywood

The Magic Castle: An Enchanting Evening in the Heart of Hollywood

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in California | 2 Comments

From the moment I walked into the library-themed lobby of The Magic Castle, I was captivated, transported to another world that felt like time-traveling back to Old Hollywood. Red-and-pink Victorian-looking wallpaper, rich-toned wood moldings and old-fashioned floral carpets set a mood of quiet elegance in the dimly lit space. But it was the secret doorway […]

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. […]