Antarctica Expedition Day 7 - 10


We have seen so many penguins, whales, seals and birds. Also beautiful landscapes and seascapes. And let’s not forget the incredible ice….both on land and in the sea. (See our previous blogs on Antarctica and days 1-4, and days 5-6.) Can our last few days on our Antarctica Expedition beat what we’ve seen so far? [Read more …]

Antarctica Expedition Day 5-6


Our trip to Antarctica continues. So far we have gotten close to penguins, birds and seals as well as an old whaling station on our Antarctica expedition with Polar Latitudes. What adventures would the next days bring? A lot! Day Five. Our first stop on this day was on Danko island where we once again [Read more …]

Antarctica Expedition Days 1-4

boat bar

At last, we were on our way to Antarctica. We were both very excited and were looking forward to our adventure ever since we booked it a year in advance. Since we live in San Francisco, we no longer owned really warm clothing. So we had spent time over the past several months finding appropriate [Read more …]

Antarctica: Our 7th Continent

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful” (Alleged recruitment ad for Shackleton expedition)   The very thought of Antarctica chills one to the bone. Why would we ever want to visit this continent. Our response? Why not? And, with winter temperatures reaching -129 degrees, its [Read more …]

Ushuaia Argentina: The World’s Southernmost City

Joyce and Tom at the end of the world 02

We were in Argentina for one purpose: taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica, the 7th continent and one we have always wanted to visit. But first, we had to get to our cruise boat, which was taking off from Ushuaia Argentina. While our Antarctica Adventures will be explored in our next series of posts, this [Read more …]

Buenos Aries Restaurants and Hotel

Our limited time in Buenos Aires (BA) on this trip limited the number of restaurants we were able to sample. We, however, made our best efforts to sample as many good restaurants as our waistlines could accommodate. This visit’s crop consisted of: Sucre (Bajo Belgrano). All the natives with whom we spoke suggested that meat [Read more …]

Buenos Aires Argentina

national congress

Since Buenos Aires (BA) is the hub for flying anywhere in Argentina, and for virtually all flights into and out of the country, we were “forced” to return to our favorite city in Latin America..or else it used to be. But you have to read the entire blog to see why we may have changed [Read more …]

Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay

governor house ruins 01

From Montevideo Uruguay, we made our way by a comfortable 3 hours bus trip to Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO site. This is the oldest city in the country, and was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, conquered by the Spanish and returned to Portugal a couple of times before being seized by Brazil, and [Read more …]

Uruguay Wine Country

Wine Country Uruguay has more than 200 wineries spread across about half a dozen different wine regions including Colonia, Canelones, Rivera, San Jose and Salto. While each has its unique terroir and is suited to different grapes, the country does produce a wide range of both white wines (including albarino, chardonnay and riesling) [Read more …]

Montevideo Uruguay South America

Artigas status in independence sq

This was our first trip to Uruguay and we started it in Montevideo. After 17 hours of travel (and 3 plane changes), and a needed night’s sleep, we oriented ourselves by taking a guided walking tour of the Old Town from The Spanish founded Montevideo in 1724 as a naval base. We started our [Read more …]