|The giant Sentados Frente del Mar statue is often criticized for its unattractiveness. We found it to be humorous and charming. Note the size of the statue by comparing me standing at her feet.|
“Sightings from the Veranda while Cruising”
|A snow-covered mountain view from the veranda while in Puerto Montt.|
With only 11 days remaining until the cruise ends on December 23rd, Tom’s birthday, we continue to find ourselves with stories and photos backed up. Of all of our 21 past cruises in our over five years of world travel, we’ve yet to have so much to share.
|Santuario Santa Maria del Mar.|
In part, it may be due to the fact that we’ve taken an even greater interest in ports of call with an increased passion for learning more and more as time marches on.
|Side view of the tiny church.|
Many of the ports of call and areas we’re seeing on this cruise are new to us and although we’ll definitely plan to return to South American no later than 2020, we’re fascinated with this complex continent.
|The tiny church appeared to be able to seat about 16 parishioners.|
As we mentioned in the past, spending part of a day in a port of call by no means provides us with any degree of knowledge compared to our experiences of “living” in a country for two to three months.
|Stained glass window.|
|The mysterious “all-seeing eye” is often found in churches throughout the world.|
|“Osorno Volcano is a 2,652-metre (8,701 ft) tall conical stratovolcano lying between Osorno Province and Llanquihue Province, in Los Lagos Region of Chile. It stands on the southeastern shore of Llanquihue Lake and also towers over Todos Los Santos Lake. Osorno is known worldwide as a symbol of the local landscape, and is noted for its similar appearance to Mount Fuji.”|
|A Black-faced Ibis.|
|View of our ship, Celebrity Infinity, in the harbor in Puerto Montt.|
|Flowers blooming on the grounds of the church.|
|Pretty flowers at the tiny church.|
|Views of Puerto Montt from atop a hill.|
|The lighted cross atop Tenglo Island as our ship sailed away after dusk.|