This is the third challenge in about as many weeks that has led me back to my photos of the Beagle Channel at the southern tip of Argentina.  This will remain as one of the grandest mornings of my life.  The Beagle Channel at Ushuaia, Argentina The Weekly Photo Challenge is: Grand, with a Wow! factor This entry, for me, really had the WOW factor: … Continue reading GRANDeur

The Cook’s Tour of Buenos Aires

We were coming to the end of our stay in Buenos Aires and didn’t want to later say, “We didn’t know THAT was there!”  or  “I didn’t know we were that close to THAT”  or  “I wish we had …”     … so we took a tour.    Through the streets of Buenos Aires … Additional photos can be seen at Beyond the Brush Photography Below are … Continue reading The Cook’s Tour of Buenos Aires

Free-Ranging in Buenos Aires

We had gone free-ranging yesterday, hitting the streets of Buenos Aires with no specific goals, to let the city unfold un-prompted.

We had ridden the subway …

… the cars like something off the Orient Express—wooden windows, wooden seats wooden doors … that didn’t necessarily close all the way or when they were supposed to, or even stay closed for that matter. But it was reasonably clean and efficient enough at moving people.  The fare was less than one peso, about 25¢ and, we later learned, can even be free if one arrives just as something liquid has spilled into the ticket machine rendering it temporarily out-of-order.

We had  strolled Continue reading “Free-Ranging in Buenos Aires”

Originally posted on Beyond the Brush Photography:
Bueonos Aires …  is said to have the highest concentration of theatres in the world. I found much of the architecture in Buenos Aires different from other cities I’ve visited.  It is an eclectic mix and adaptation of classic European styles designed by architects such as Mario Palanti, Virginio Colombo and Eduardo Rodriguez Ortega  who designed with their own… Continue reading

Impressions of Buenos Aires

Snow and ice and plummeting temperatures prevailed at home, but Argentinians were approaching their longest day of the year and at 6 p.m. on a December evening the sun was still high, the air was still warm, and the streets were bustling, noisy and at times congested, but also bright and green.

My first impression is of a relatively pretty city as cities go. Not particularly keen on cities, we prided ourselves on the fact that during our last excursions to Europe we had succeeded in avoiding all contact with large cities, except for the necessity of arrival and departure at a major airport.  Buenos Aires though presented an abundance of bloom  – purple blossoms hanging in great profusion from the many trees, yellow and rose-coloured blossoms, and gorgeous blue bulbs.
Argentinians, we found, Continue reading “Impressions of Buenos Aires”

Tales from South America

Off again.  This time to South America.

South America is not a place I ever thought I would visit, although I’m not sure why that was so. My images of the continent were derived from Romancing the Stone, and Indiana Jones movies and films from the 1940s of slow, lazy ceiling fans wafting the air in oppressive heat, and men in Panama hats; of people who escaped to the southern continent and purposely lost themselves in its out of the mainstream cities.  But the opportunity arose … Continue reading “Tales from South America”

Photo Hunt: End of the Earth

Karen at The When I Feel Like It Blog has announced a new photo hunt.

“Show me the place that is “the end of the earth” for you …”

This photo was taken by a friend and travel buddy who passed away not long after our return from this trip.  Ushuaia, Argentina on the Beagle Channel, is the southernmost city in the world.

I have to admit that the next one Continue reading “Photo Hunt: End of the Earth”

Travel Theme: Parks

“At the ends of the earth, where the Americas become condensed into a volcanic wedge of moist Antarctic rainforest and cold, beautiful lakes, caught between toothy ridges of sheer granite and rivers of glittering ice, is Tierra del Fuego National Park. This is the very edge of human habitation.” –

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Parks.

Established in 1960, the Tierra del Fuego National Park encompasses about 240 square miles and is the southernmost national park in the world, stretching north from the Beagle Channel along the Chilean border. (map)

Our catamaran sailed into Bahia Lapataia with the mountains rising majestically from the channel.
Here sits the most Continue reading “Travel Theme: Parks”