Welcome to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands
I know I said I was just about finished with Antarctica/South America posts, but I decided to make one last visit for Pink Saturday. I've missed sharing in the Pink Saturday fun by posting too late, but this earlier post will let me participate this week.
Without getting into complicated political and historical details, the Falkland Islands, three hundred miles from the coast of South America, is a British Overseas Territory. The population is approximately three thousand people and the area is beautiful.
Christ Church Cathedral
I spent the morning exploring Stanley. My favorite site was Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost Anglican Cathedral in the world. It is the parish church of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the British Antarctic Territories. The monument in front of the church is the Whalebone Arch, constructed of the jaws of two blue whales, and raised in 1933 to commemorate the centenary of British rule in the Falklands.
The view from the dock in Stanley
The Celebrity Infinity from the tender boat to Stanley. The port of Stanley is too small to permit a cruise liner to dock and much smaller boats were used to go from the ship to the port.
I enjoyed my morning in Stanley very much -- both for the scenery and the seemingly endless array of penguin souvenirs. I stopped myself from going completely wild, but I did find a few treasures that came home with me. My favorite is a pair of penguin socks that I suspect will often be seen in future photographs. But the real treasure of the day was a visit to the coastal plain where the Gentoo penguins live. The trip to the penguins included the absolutely most bumpy 4x4 ride imaginable. There are no roads and in the back of the 4x4 I could feel every change in the landscape that we encountered. However, seeing the penguins made the trip well worthwhile. It was an adventure and a fabulous memory.
Our "road" to the penguins.
Now I officially conclude my South American Adventure posts. What remains are fabulous memories, new friends, greater knowledge and appreciation of South America and Antarctica and yes, penguin socks.
This is just in time for the latest adventure, which begins in approximately twenty-four hours. It's a lot shorter, a lot nearer and I don't need winter clothes or currency other than United States dollars.
I do anticipate a lot of fun, great memories and photographs to share.
As ever, thanks for sharing and have a great week!