It feels odd to be back in civilization after the 16 nights we spent at sea as our ship, Ponant Le Soleal scoured the territory on its way to the Polar Circle in the Antarctic to provide its 193 passengers with an exceptional experience. And, exceptional, it was.
|This is undoubtedly one of my favorite Chinstrap Penguin photos as she’s situated on the cool rocks in order to cool down on a warm day.|
|One of the Zodiac boats approaching the ship for us to board.|
Now, back in Buenos Aires for the next 24 hours, we’re busily preparing to leave for Africa, I’m trying to shift gears from our previous penguin-minded adventures back to thinking in terms of giraffes, zebras, elephants, rhinos, lions and warthogs and more.
|A face only a mother could love.|
Transitioning from the vast amount of wildlife in Antarctica to Africa will be easier than it may have been had we’d been moving on to a less wildlife-rich country.
|Elephant seals lying in a ditch.|
And yet, the memories will always linger on for this life-changing experience. Antarctica will remain in our hearts and minds forever. We could easily spend the next two to three months, sharing more of the thousands of photos we took during those 16 nights, 17 days.
|A photogenic baby fur seal.|
But, it’s time to move on to our next adventure and we do so with enthusiasm and joy for the opportunities of the past and for those upcoming in the future. Each and every leg of our year’s long journey leaves us with more knowledge, more understanding and more passion for this world, its people and its treasures that surround us.
|A sea of penguins.|
Ushuaia – New Island
New Island – Steeple Jason
Steeple Jason – Saunders the Neck
Saunders – Elsehul
Elsehul – Stromness
Stromness – Grytviken
Grytviken – Maiviken
Maiviken – Saint Andrews
Saint Andrews – Turret Point
Turret Point – Half Moon
Half Moon – Deception Island
Deception Island – Paradise Bay
Paradise Bay -Pleneau
Pleneau – Detaille Island
Detaille Island – Baie De Lallemand
Baie De Lallemand – Neko
Neko – Ushuaia
|These types of caves are enticing. Wouldn’t it be fun to peek inside?|
|Fabulous Chef Tony made us some fabulous dishes while outdoors on the veranda.|
|Happy little chick!|
|Black-browed Albatross chick.|
|Penguins on an iceberg!
Photo from one year ago today, February 9, 2017:
|Sailboats moored in the bay in Dover, Tasmania. For more details, please click here.|