Beyond Buenos Aires

Sailing into Ushaia

by Mary Jo

I've already blogged about our cruise to Antarctica , but as I mentioned there, we visited other interesting places as well. (The picture above is from sailing into Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego.)

A few highlights:

Buenos Aires

It was pleasant sunny summer in Argentina and Buenos Aires was beautiful–a city of trees and sweeping boulevards. One of the largest cities in Latin America and a major port, it's cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic and has been called the Paris of Latin America.

Here is the view from the window of the BA--view from hotelhotel where we stayed for two nights. We tried the tasting menu in the hotel's excellent restaurant and one course was octopus. I approached it warily, and for the first time I experienced octopus as something that wasn't like chewing on a piece of rubber tire. <G>

La Boca

La Boca is a colorful neighborhood by the port, originally settled by Italians but with other groups settling there to create a melting pot rather like New York's Lower East Tango man in BA. Like the US and Canada in North America, Argentina has been the destination of large numbers of immigrants who have enriched their new homes in many ways.

The original old houses of La Boca were made of corrugated iron and painted in bright colors that were left over from the shipyards where a lot of the residents worked. It's said that the tango originated here, and here's a statue of a tango dancer coming to collect a lady for the dance.

The Estancia

On our return to Buenos Aires, we had a long day to kill between exiting the ship and flying home. (Most flights to the US leave late at night.) The cruise line offered a couple of excursions to keep us out of trouble till our departure, and we chose one that gave us an overview of the city and then took us out to the country to visit an estancia (ranch.) We were greeted by a gaucho on horseback and fed delicious little empanadas

Then we ate in a wide dining haul served by more people dressed as gauchos and carrying IMG_4080HUGE platters of food. There were a lot of things on offer, and the slices of grilled meat covered more than half a plate. I passed on that, but there were plenty of other good things. There were also very large but very well behaved dogs wandering around, not begging but looking hopeful.

Tierra Del Fuego

"The Land of Fire." The southernmost tip of Argentina, it contains Ushaia, often used as a jumping off point for the Antarctic. Here's a picture of an expedition ship moored on the opposite Ushaia Expedition shipside of our pier. I took this from our balcony, so you can get some sense of the difference in size! I imagine the passengers on this ship would actually go ashore on Antarctica so they would need a lot more cold weather gear. While I watched, a coach deposited a group of passengers who looked rather jet lagged but very fit. <G>

The Ship

We sailed on the Celebrity Eclipse. Usually I prefer small ships but the Eclipse was a credit to large ships, with wonderful service and great Sweet treats on the Eclipse Eclipse Libraryfood. I loved the ship's library. It was visible from the elevator and always made me think of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. <G>  The sweet treats on the right are a small portion of the desserts in the buffet restaurant.

Stanley  the FalklandsThe Falklands

We loved the Falklands, which were very reminiscent of Shetland, the far northern islands of Great Britain. The green hills were windy and very short of trees, but not without sheep. <G> I liked the Penguin Tourist bus, whose Stanley tour busdestination was obvious, and this group of houses by the port in Stanley looked exactly like streets I've seen in England.

Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo is on the eastern side of the vast estuary of the Rio de la Plata and looks across to Buenos Aires. Another beautiful city, it is rated as having the best quality of life of any city in Latin America. I loved La Caretta, the bronze monument below that depicts the carts and oxen of early setters. Apparently many of the ox cart drivers supporters of Artigas, considered the liberator of Uruguay.

Have you visited anywhere in Latin America?  What have you seen there, and what would you like to see?  I want to see a lot more of our neighbors to the south!

Mary Jo

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65 thoughts on “Beyond Buenos Aires”

  1. I envy your travels and adore your reports of them. I have pretty much been stuck where I am, with very little time to go anywhere. (darn! Work keeps me from doing what I want) I have never been to South America but I am ab out to retire from academia in May and we are planning a mission trip to Guatemala in June. So that’s a start.

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  2. I envy your travels and adore your reports of them. I have pretty much been stuck where I am, with very little time to go anywhere. (darn! Work keeps me from doing what I want) I have never been to South America but I am ab out to retire from academia in May and we are planning a mission trip to Guatemala in June. So that’s a start.

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  3. I envy your travels and adore your reports of them. I have pretty much been stuck where I am, with very little time to go anywhere. (darn! Work keeps me from doing what I want) I have never been to South America but I am ab out to retire from academia in May and we are planning a mission trip to Guatemala in June. So that’s a start.

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  4. I envy your travels and adore your reports of them. I have pretty much been stuck where I am, with very little time to go anywhere. (darn! Work keeps me from doing what I want) I have never been to South America but I am ab out to retire from academia in May and we are planning a mission trip to Guatemala in June. So that’s a start.

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  5. I envy your travels and adore your reports of them. I have pretty much been stuck where I am, with very little time to go anywhere. (darn! Work keeps me from doing what I want) I have never been to South America but I am ab out to retire from academia in May and we are planning a mission trip to Guatemala in June. So that’s a start.

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  6. Kathy, it’s a sad truth that Work usually interferes with Life! But now that you’re retiring from academia and heading to Guatemala, it sounds like your future will hold more travel.
    I’ve been self employed for a long time which gives me more flexibility for travel–and then I come home and I’m behind on a book! It’s always something. *G*

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  7. Kathy, it’s a sad truth that Work usually interferes with Life! But now that you’re retiring from academia and heading to Guatemala, it sounds like your future will hold more travel.
    I’ve been self employed for a long time which gives me more flexibility for travel–and then I come home and I’m behind on a book! It’s always something. *G*

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  8. Kathy, it’s a sad truth that Work usually interferes with Life! But now that you’re retiring from academia and heading to Guatemala, it sounds like your future will hold more travel.
    I’ve been self employed for a long time which gives me more flexibility for travel–and then I come home and I’m behind on a book! It’s always something. *G*

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  9. Kathy, it’s a sad truth that Work usually interferes with Life! But now that you’re retiring from academia and heading to Guatemala, it sounds like your future will hold more travel.
    I’ve been self employed for a long time which gives me more flexibility for travel–and then I come home and I’m behind on a book! It’s always something. *G*

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  10. Kathy, it’s a sad truth that Work usually interferes with Life! But now that you’re retiring from academia and heading to Guatemala, it sounds like your future will hold more travel.
    I’ve been self employed for a long time which gives me more flexibility for travel–and then I come home and I’m behind on a book! It’s always something. *G*

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  11. I’m traveling, too, Mary Jo. Barcalona, NCL cruise to Morocco, Canary Islands, Malaga/Gibralter, Madeira, then two last days in London on the way back to complete my GB bucket list. My last big trip (age has caught up with me), but I’m going out in style!

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  12. I’m traveling, too, Mary Jo. Barcalona, NCL cruise to Morocco, Canary Islands, Malaga/Gibralter, Madeira, then two last days in London on the way back to complete my GB bucket list. My last big trip (age has caught up with me), but I’m going out in style!

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  13. I’m traveling, too, Mary Jo. Barcalona, NCL cruise to Morocco, Canary Islands, Malaga/Gibralter, Madeira, then two last days in London on the way back to complete my GB bucket list. My last big trip (age has caught up with me), but I’m going out in style!

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  14. I’m traveling, too, Mary Jo. Barcalona, NCL cruise to Morocco, Canary Islands, Malaga/Gibralter, Madeira, then two last days in London on the way back to complete my GB bucket list. My last big trip (age has caught up with me), but I’m going out in style!

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  15. I’m traveling, too, Mary Jo. Barcalona, NCL cruise to Morocco, Canary Islands, Malaga/Gibralter, Madeira, then two last days in London on the way back to complete my GB bucket list. My last big trip (age has caught up with me), but I’m going out in style!

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  16. Mary M, going out in style indeed–I’d LOVE to take a cruise like that! There’s something about islands… They fascinate me, and you’re going to some wonderful destinations. Enjoy!

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  17. Mary M, going out in style indeed–I’d LOVE to take a cruise like that! There’s something about islands… They fascinate me, and you’re going to some wonderful destinations. Enjoy!

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  18. Mary M, going out in style indeed–I’d LOVE to take a cruise like that! There’s something about islands… They fascinate me, and you’re going to some wonderful destinations. Enjoy!

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  19. Mary M, going out in style indeed–I’d LOVE to take a cruise like that! There’s something about islands… They fascinate me, and you’re going to some wonderful destinations. Enjoy!

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  20. Mary M, going out in style indeed–I’d LOVE to take a cruise like that! There’s something about islands… They fascinate me, and you’re going to some wonderful destinations. Enjoy!

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  21. I was an Air Force brat who spent 2 years living in Ascunion, Paraguay, and we were lucky enough to vacation in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo, both of which I loved. BA is beautiful and Old World-y, but cosmopolitan as well. We shopped on Calle Florida, which is all stores and boutiques and restaurants, blocks long, and is entirely pedestrian, only open to foot traffic. We bought cashmere sweaters for a song, and my parents invested in silver knickknacks and beautiful glass (I still have many clusters of glass grapes in a variety of colors). I loved Montevideo; family friends took me on a day trip to the beach, even though we were there in the dead of winter (July, to us Northeners!) Also fantastic shopping there, suede and leather, my mom and sister and I all got beautiful purses, my dad got a suede jacket, we all got dyed sheepskin pillows, rugs, and footstools (perennial favorite spots for our cats to snooze). Loved seeing both places and learning about their history, and wish we’d had longer than a week. I’ve always wanted to see Tierra del Fuego! Love seeing your pictures and reading about your experiences, thank you!

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  22. I was an Air Force brat who spent 2 years living in Ascunion, Paraguay, and we were lucky enough to vacation in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo, both of which I loved. BA is beautiful and Old World-y, but cosmopolitan as well. We shopped on Calle Florida, which is all stores and boutiques and restaurants, blocks long, and is entirely pedestrian, only open to foot traffic. We bought cashmere sweaters for a song, and my parents invested in silver knickknacks and beautiful glass (I still have many clusters of glass grapes in a variety of colors). I loved Montevideo; family friends took me on a day trip to the beach, even though we were there in the dead of winter (July, to us Northeners!) Also fantastic shopping there, suede and leather, my mom and sister and I all got beautiful purses, my dad got a suede jacket, we all got dyed sheepskin pillows, rugs, and footstools (perennial favorite spots for our cats to snooze). Loved seeing both places and learning about their history, and wish we’d had longer than a week. I’ve always wanted to see Tierra del Fuego! Love seeing your pictures and reading about your experiences, thank you!

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  23. I was an Air Force brat who spent 2 years living in Ascunion, Paraguay, and we were lucky enough to vacation in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo, both of which I loved. BA is beautiful and Old World-y, but cosmopolitan as well. We shopped on Calle Florida, which is all stores and boutiques and restaurants, blocks long, and is entirely pedestrian, only open to foot traffic. We bought cashmere sweaters for a song, and my parents invested in silver knickknacks and beautiful glass (I still have many clusters of glass grapes in a variety of colors). I loved Montevideo; family friends took me on a day trip to the beach, even though we were there in the dead of winter (July, to us Northeners!) Also fantastic shopping there, suede and leather, my mom and sister and I all got beautiful purses, my dad got a suede jacket, we all got dyed sheepskin pillows, rugs, and footstools (perennial favorite spots for our cats to snooze). Loved seeing both places and learning about their history, and wish we’d had longer than a week. I’ve always wanted to see Tierra del Fuego! Love seeing your pictures and reading about your experiences, thank you!

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  24. I was an Air Force brat who spent 2 years living in Ascunion, Paraguay, and we were lucky enough to vacation in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo, both of which I loved. BA is beautiful and Old World-y, but cosmopolitan as well. We shopped on Calle Florida, which is all stores and boutiques and restaurants, blocks long, and is entirely pedestrian, only open to foot traffic. We bought cashmere sweaters for a song, and my parents invested in silver knickknacks and beautiful glass (I still have many clusters of glass grapes in a variety of colors). I loved Montevideo; family friends took me on a day trip to the beach, even though we were there in the dead of winter (July, to us Northeners!) Also fantastic shopping there, suede and leather, my mom and sister and I all got beautiful purses, my dad got a suede jacket, we all got dyed sheepskin pillows, rugs, and footstools (perennial favorite spots for our cats to snooze). Loved seeing both places and learning about their history, and wish we’d had longer than a week. I’ve always wanted to see Tierra del Fuego! Love seeing your pictures and reading about your experiences, thank you!

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  25. I was an Air Force brat who spent 2 years living in Ascunion, Paraguay, and we were lucky enough to vacation in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo, both of which I loved. BA is beautiful and Old World-y, but cosmopolitan as well. We shopped on Calle Florida, which is all stores and boutiques and restaurants, blocks long, and is entirely pedestrian, only open to foot traffic. We bought cashmere sweaters for a song, and my parents invested in silver knickknacks and beautiful glass (I still have many clusters of glass grapes in a variety of colors). I loved Montevideo; family friends took me on a day trip to the beach, even though we were there in the dead of winter (July, to us Northeners!) Also fantastic shopping there, suede and leather, my mom and sister and I all got beautiful purses, my dad got a suede jacket, we all got dyed sheepskin pillows, rugs, and footstools (perennial favorite spots for our cats to snooze). Loved seeing both places and learning about their history, and wish we’d had longer than a week. I’ve always wanted to see Tierra del Fuego! Love seeing your pictures and reading about your experiences, thank you!

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  26. I visit Brazil quite often since I have relatives in the state of Sao Paulo. They also have a condo on the beach in Rio. I’ve actually spent time in the Amazon at an eco encampment. The “pool” was actually at the bottom of a beautiful waterfall. The river entrance to the pool was netted with metal screening to prevent piranha from entering.
    Our guide for this particular part of our journey was a native of the local village and his mother and grandmother were the “healers”. He brought me turtle fat for my complexion and an ancient glass coke bottle with to sniff for my congested head. IT WORKED!!
    It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

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  27. I visit Brazil quite often since I have relatives in the state of Sao Paulo. They also have a condo on the beach in Rio. I’ve actually spent time in the Amazon at an eco encampment. The “pool” was actually at the bottom of a beautiful waterfall. The river entrance to the pool was netted with metal screening to prevent piranha from entering.
    Our guide for this particular part of our journey was a native of the local village and his mother and grandmother were the “healers”. He brought me turtle fat for my complexion and an ancient glass coke bottle with to sniff for my congested head. IT WORKED!!
    It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

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  28. I visit Brazil quite often since I have relatives in the state of Sao Paulo. They also have a condo on the beach in Rio. I’ve actually spent time in the Amazon at an eco encampment. The “pool” was actually at the bottom of a beautiful waterfall. The river entrance to the pool was netted with metal screening to prevent piranha from entering.
    Our guide for this particular part of our journey was a native of the local village and his mother and grandmother were the “healers”. He brought me turtle fat for my complexion and an ancient glass coke bottle with to sniff for my congested head. IT WORKED!!
    It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

    Reply
  29. I visit Brazil quite often since I have relatives in the state of Sao Paulo. They also have a condo on the beach in Rio. I’ve actually spent time in the Amazon at an eco encampment. The “pool” was actually at the bottom of a beautiful waterfall. The river entrance to the pool was netted with metal screening to prevent piranha from entering.
    Our guide for this particular part of our journey was a native of the local village and his mother and grandmother were the “healers”. He brought me turtle fat for my complexion and an ancient glass coke bottle with to sniff for my congested head. IT WORKED!!
    It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

    Reply
  30. I visit Brazil quite often since I have relatives in the state of Sao Paulo. They also have a condo on the beach in Rio. I’ve actually spent time in the Amazon at an eco encampment. The “pool” was actually at the bottom of a beautiful waterfall. The river entrance to the pool was netted with metal screening to prevent piranha from entering.
    Our guide for this particular part of our journey was a native of the local village and his mother and grandmother were the “healers”. He brought me turtle fat for my complexion and an ancient glass coke bottle with to sniff for my congested head. IT WORKED!!
    It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

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  31. Kate, how wonderful that you could visit both cities! They’re beautiful, full of history, and as you say, good shopping.*G* Nice that the cats are still enjoying the bounty of that visit! I hope you get to Tierra del Fuego–it was interesting and beautiful and I loved that ‘end of the world’ feeling.

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  32. Kate, how wonderful that you could visit both cities! They’re beautiful, full of history, and as you say, good shopping.*G* Nice that the cats are still enjoying the bounty of that visit! I hope you get to Tierra del Fuego–it was interesting and beautiful and I loved that ‘end of the world’ feeling.

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  33. Kate, how wonderful that you could visit both cities! They’re beautiful, full of history, and as you say, good shopping.*G* Nice that the cats are still enjoying the bounty of that visit! I hope you get to Tierra del Fuego–it was interesting and beautiful and I loved that ‘end of the world’ feeling.

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  34. Kate, how wonderful that you could visit both cities! They’re beautiful, full of history, and as you say, good shopping.*G* Nice that the cats are still enjoying the bounty of that visit! I hope you get to Tierra del Fuego–it was interesting and beautiful and I loved that ‘end of the world’ feeling.

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  35. Kate, how wonderful that you could visit both cities! They’re beautiful, full of history, and as you say, good shopping.*G* Nice that the cats are still enjoying the bounty of that visit! I hope you get to Tierra del Fuego–it was interesting and beautiful and I loved that ‘end of the world’ feeling.

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  36. I went to Mexico with my parents and sister in the seventies but have not been further south. You make the prospect of further travels quite tempting, Mary Jo! Thanks for sharing about your yours travels.

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  37. I went to Mexico with my parents and sister in the seventies but have not been further south. You make the prospect of further travels quite tempting, Mary Jo! Thanks for sharing about your yours travels.

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  38. I went to Mexico with my parents and sister in the seventies but have not been further south. You make the prospect of further travels quite tempting, Mary Jo! Thanks for sharing about your yours travels.

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  39. I went to Mexico with my parents and sister in the seventies but have not been further south. You make the prospect of further travels quite tempting, Mary Jo! Thanks for sharing about your yours travels.

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  40. I went to Mexico with my parents and sister in the seventies but have not been further south. You make the prospect of further travels quite tempting, Mary Jo! Thanks for sharing about your yours travels.

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  41. Pricilla, how great to have relatives that give you multiple chances to visit Brazil. The eco camp sounds gorgeous and, mmmm, yes, let’s fence out the piranhas. *g* The guide and his healer family sound AMAZING> Several years ago we did a cruise of the upper Amazon which was also amazing, but no healers, alas.

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  42. Pricilla, how great to have relatives that give you multiple chances to visit Brazil. The eco camp sounds gorgeous and, mmmm, yes, let’s fence out the piranhas. *g* The guide and his healer family sound AMAZING> Several years ago we did a cruise of the upper Amazon which was also amazing, but no healers, alas.

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  43. Pricilla, how great to have relatives that give you multiple chances to visit Brazil. The eco camp sounds gorgeous and, mmmm, yes, let’s fence out the piranhas. *g* The guide and his healer family sound AMAZING> Several years ago we did a cruise of the upper Amazon which was also amazing, but no healers, alas.

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  44. Pricilla, how great to have relatives that give you multiple chances to visit Brazil. The eco camp sounds gorgeous and, mmmm, yes, let’s fence out the piranhas. *g* The guide and his healer family sound AMAZING> Several years ago we did a cruise of the upper Amazon which was also amazing, but no healers, alas.

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  45. Pricilla, how great to have relatives that give you multiple chances to visit Brazil. The eco camp sounds gorgeous and, mmmm, yes, let’s fence out the piranhas. *g* The guide and his healer family sound AMAZING> Several years ago we did a cruise of the upper Amazon which was also amazing, but no healers, alas.

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  46. Kareni, I always love sharing pictures of my trip, and a blog is much more lowkey than a slide show in my living room. (Remember those? *G*) There are lots of wonderful places in Latin America. I want to see more of them myself!

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  47. Kareni, I always love sharing pictures of my trip, and a blog is much more lowkey than a slide show in my living room. (Remember those? *G*) There are lots of wonderful places in Latin America. I want to see more of them myself!

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  48. Kareni, I always love sharing pictures of my trip, and a blog is much more lowkey than a slide show in my living room. (Remember those? *G*) There are lots of wonderful places in Latin America. I want to see more of them myself!

    Reply
  49. Kareni, I always love sharing pictures of my trip, and a blog is much more lowkey than a slide show in my living room. (Remember those? *G*) There are lots of wonderful places in Latin America. I want to see more of them myself!

    Reply
  50. Kareni, I always love sharing pictures of my trip, and a blog is much more lowkey than a slide show in my living room. (Remember those? *G*) There are lots of wonderful places in Latin America. I want to see more of them myself!

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  51. I too have been on the Celebrity Eclipse, going to Alaska. It is a wonderful ship. Yes, the library is wonderful and the afternoon tea is to die for.
    The only place I’ve visited in South America is Colombia, mostly the area around Cali, where I have relatives by marriage. It’s got lovely weather, jungle, sugar cane fields and coffee plantations in the mountains. Also, it’s much safer than it was some years ago ago. I would go again in a heartbeat, but next time I’d like to see Bogota, which is in the mountains and has year round springlike weather.
    I think I mentioned here once before that my father traveled all around South America a couple of times while working on a merchant steamer, back in the 1930’s. He was wowed by the Andes mountains and the beautiful cities, but also because when he was ashore, sitting in a bar, women would approach and ask him to dance! It made a HUGE impression, apparently because that was unheard of where he grew up in Europe. He still told that story 50 years later, lol!

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  52. I too have been on the Celebrity Eclipse, going to Alaska. It is a wonderful ship. Yes, the library is wonderful and the afternoon tea is to die for.
    The only place I’ve visited in South America is Colombia, mostly the area around Cali, where I have relatives by marriage. It’s got lovely weather, jungle, sugar cane fields and coffee plantations in the mountains. Also, it’s much safer than it was some years ago ago. I would go again in a heartbeat, but next time I’d like to see Bogota, which is in the mountains and has year round springlike weather.
    I think I mentioned here once before that my father traveled all around South America a couple of times while working on a merchant steamer, back in the 1930’s. He was wowed by the Andes mountains and the beautiful cities, but also because when he was ashore, sitting in a bar, women would approach and ask him to dance! It made a HUGE impression, apparently because that was unheard of where he grew up in Europe. He still told that story 50 years later, lol!

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  53. I too have been on the Celebrity Eclipse, going to Alaska. It is a wonderful ship. Yes, the library is wonderful and the afternoon tea is to die for.
    The only place I’ve visited in South America is Colombia, mostly the area around Cali, where I have relatives by marriage. It’s got lovely weather, jungle, sugar cane fields and coffee plantations in the mountains. Also, it’s much safer than it was some years ago ago. I would go again in a heartbeat, but next time I’d like to see Bogota, which is in the mountains and has year round springlike weather.
    I think I mentioned here once before that my father traveled all around South America a couple of times while working on a merchant steamer, back in the 1930’s. He was wowed by the Andes mountains and the beautiful cities, but also because when he was ashore, sitting in a bar, women would approach and ask him to dance! It made a HUGE impression, apparently because that was unheard of where he grew up in Europe. He still told that story 50 years later, lol!

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  54. I too have been on the Celebrity Eclipse, going to Alaska. It is a wonderful ship. Yes, the library is wonderful and the afternoon tea is to die for.
    The only place I’ve visited in South America is Colombia, mostly the area around Cali, where I have relatives by marriage. It’s got lovely weather, jungle, sugar cane fields and coffee plantations in the mountains. Also, it’s much safer than it was some years ago ago. I would go again in a heartbeat, but next time I’d like to see Bogota, which is in the mountains and has year round springlike weather.
    I think I mentioned here once before that my father traveled all around South America a couple of times while working on a merchant steamer, back in the 1930’s. He was wowed by the Andes mountains and the beautiful cities, but also because when he was ashore, sitting in a bar, women would approach and ask him to dance! It made a HUGE impression, apparently because that was unheard of where he grew up in Europe. He still told that story 50 years later, lol!

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  55. I too have been on the Celebrity Eclipse, going to Alaska. It is a wonderful ship. Yes, the library is wonderful and the afternoon tea is to die for.
    The only place I’ve visited in South America is Colombia, mostly the area around Cali, where I have relatives by marriage. It’s got lovely weather, jungle, sugar cane fields and coffee plantations in the mountains. Also, it’s much safer than it was some years ago ago. I would go again in a heartbeat, but next time I’d like to see Bogota, which is in the mountains and has year round springlike weather.
    I think I mentioned here once before that my father traveled all around South America a couple of times while working on a merchant steamer, back in the 1930’s. He was wowed by the Andes mountains and the beautiful cities, but also because when he was ashore, sitting in a bar, women would approach and ask him to dance! It made a HUGE impression, apparently because that was unheard of where he grew up in Europe. He still told that story 50 years later, lol!

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  56. Ah, cafe mocha and pastries at Baccio! Fond and fattening memories. I actually spent a summer in Cucuta, Colombia, as an exchange student many years ago. It was wonderfully educational and opened my eyes to different ways of seeing the world. I’ve not been to Cali, but I paid short visits to Bogota and Medellin. Bogota is beautiful, but high enough that it was a bit chilly even in high summer! The climate in Medellin seemed just about perfect, at least when I was there. I need to see more of Latin America!

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  57. Ah, cafe mocha and pastries at Baccio! Fond and fattening memories. I actually spent a summer in Cucuta, Colombia, as an exchange student many years ago. It was wonderfully educational and opened my eyes to different ways of seeing the world. I’ve not been to Cali, but I paid short visits to Bogota and Medellin. Bogota is beautiful, but high enough that it was a bit chilly even in high summer! The climate in Medellin seemed just about perfect, at least when I was there. I need to see more of Latin America!

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  58. Ah, cafe mocha and pastries at Baccio! Fond and fattening memories. I actually spent a summer in Cucuta, Colombia, as an exchange student many years ago. It was wonderfully educational and opened my eyes to different ways of seeing the world. I’ve not been to Cali, but I paid short visits to Bogota and Medellin. Bogota is beautiful, but high enough that it was a bit chilly even in high summer! The climate in Medellin seemed just about perfect, at least when I was there. I need to see more of Latin America!

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  59. Ah, cafe mocha and pastries at Baccio! Fond and fattening memories. I actually spent a summer in Cucuta, Colombia, as an exchange student many years ago. It was wonderfully educational and opened my eyes to different ways of seeing the world. I’ve not been to Cali, but I paid short visits to Bogota and Medellin. Bogota is beautiful, but high enough that it was a bit chilly even in high summer! The climate in Medellin seemed just about perfect, at least when I was there. I need to see more of Latin America!

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  60. Ah, cafe mocha and pastries at Baccio! Fond and fattening memories. I actually spent a summer in Cucuta, Colombia, as an exchange student many years ago. It was wonderfully educational and opened my eyes to different ways of seeing the world. I’ve not been to Cali, but I paid short visits to Bogota and Medellin. Bogota is beautiful, but high enough that it was a bit chilly even in high summer! The climate in Medellin seemed just about perfect, at least when I was there. I need to see more of Latin America!

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  61. Hi Kate,
    It is not often that I read about others who have been to Paraguay. I was born there about a days travel by wagon and river boar from Asuncion. That was back in the 1940-50’s. My parents belonged to a religious group that had to flee Germany as the war started and the only country that would accept them was Paraguay. Tough going for a group of Europeans in the tropics.

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  62. Hi Kate,
    It is not often that I read about others who have been to Paraguay. I was born there about a days travel by wagon and river boar from Asuncion. That was back in the 1940-50’s. My parents belonged to a religious group that had to flee Germany as the war started and the only country that would accept them was Paraguay. Tough going for a group of Europeans in the tropics.

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  63. Hi Kate,
    It is not often that I read about others who have been to Paraguay. I was born there about a days travel by wagon and river boar from Asuncion. That was back in the 1940-50’s. My parents belonged to a religious group that had to flee Germany as the war started and the only country that would accept them was Paraguay. Tough going for a group of Europeans in the tropics.

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  64. Hi Kate,
    It is not often that I read about others who have been to Paraguay. I was born there about a days travel by wagon and river boar from Asuncion. That was back in the 1940-50’s. My parents belonged to a religious group that had to flee Germany as the war started and the only country that would accept them was Paraguay. Tough going for a group of Europeans in the tropics.

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  65. Hi Kate,
    It is not often that I read about others who have been to Paraguay. I was born there about a days travel by wagon and river boar from Asuncion. That was back in the 1940-50’s. My parents belonged to a religious group that had to flee Germany as the war started and the only country that would accept them was Paraguay. Tough going for a group of Europeans in the tropics.

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