Our trip to Antarctica aboard the Quark Ship Ocean Diamond.

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Fin del mundo; end of the worldIf they loose us in these its on purposeThe Ocean Dimmond waiting for usNadia at the Helm Shakelton, Velda and ScottVelda and Steve on last excursion
Day 5: Paine Grande across Lago Nordernskjold
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George Sloan
Which Patagonia did we encounter, the hard mistress, or the enchantress? Well, some of both. Since most of our time was spent exploring the area's national parks, we saw the best of what …
Tango dancers in the street
Author
Sullivan Peraino
A couple dancing the tango in the streets of La Boca We were greeted this morning by our bright and energetic guide, Jose. His enthusiasm and humor were literally infectious, and we soon found …
Day 11: A sea lion among a colony of Imperial cormorants
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George Sloan
For our last day in Ushuaia and the final scheduled activity of our trip, we took a half-day boat ride on the Beagle Channel. Having read Darwin's ''The Voyage of the Beagle'' in …
Day 10: The southern end of the Pan American highway
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George Sloan
Today we toured Tierra del Fuego National Park with a canoe trip down the Rio Lapataia to Bahia Lapataia, and a 5-mile coastal hike -- the longest trail in the park -- ending at Ensenada Zaratiegui. …
Taking a siesta
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Sullivan Peraino
Relaxing on the porch at Casa Zolo with a glass of Torrontes from the nearby Bodega Melipal Mendoza is the only province in Argentina that still observes a siesta. Actually -- scratch that -- that …
Day 9: The port at Ushuaia
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George Sloan
Of course, the next morning was bright and clear as we waited for the bus to return to El Calafate for a flight to Ushuaia, our next stop. At least we had a chance to see the mountains in all their …
Day 9: Poincenot (left) and Fitz Roy (right) at dawn
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George Sloan
Our second chance for hiking to Laguna Los Tres was thwarted again by the weather. We didn't want to hike 15 miles to see more clouds and mist. So we hiked to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, a small …
Our horse-drawn carriage
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Sullivan Peraino
Suzy takes the reins as our horses Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon lead the way Another typical morning in Mendoza - out and off to a winery by 9AM! We drove 20 minutes to Lujan de Cuyo, where the …
Lunch Stop
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Katherine De Bruyn
Our last day in Rome. Perhaps it was sour grapes after the day before, but I didn't especially enjoy the visit to the Vatican, although one can hardly fail to be impressed. It is hard to feel …
Day 8: Start of our hike to Loma del Plieguey
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George Sloan
Our itinerary for today said we were supposed to hike to Laguna Los Tres, a glacial lake at the base of Cerro Fitz Roy, the highest peak in the area at 11,168 feet. But the weather report called for …
Sea lion
Author
Yvonne Smith
Leaving Puno today and flying out of Juliaca through Lima, Miami and back home to Toronto. We've had an amazing, eye-opening, thrilling 6 weeks of travel. Our bond as a family has strengthened and …
Spanish Steps at Night
Author
Katherine De Bruyn
Our tour leaders had arranged coveted tickets in the seated area in Saint Peter's Square. And I missed it! 24-hour flu; not a chance of stirring from the hotel. My comrades took amazing photos: …
Day 5: Grey Glacier up close
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George Sloan
Today we visited another glacier, Perito Moreno, one of the world's few remaining advancing glaciers. The glacier is in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park and is part of the Southern …
Floreana Island, Galapagos
Author
Yvonne Smith
We are up very early, pack up our room, enjoy some pancakes with jam and leave our host family. Despite the fact that we really were not able to have any conversation (our guide was better in the …
Spanish Steps at Night
Author
Katherine De Bruyn
The Capitoline Hill, overlooking the Forum, is one of the seven hills of Rome. It has been a focus for Roman life since the earliest times of settlement. Contemplating the ruins of the Forum from …
Day 2: Sunrise in El Calafate
Author
George Sloan
This was a travel day from Torres del Paine back to El Calafate.
Seal relaxing in a chair.
Author
Yvonne Smith
We leave the hotel at 7:30, Steve still not feeling well after a sleepless night (symptom of altitude sickness). We head down to the harbour and pick up a few food items and water for our boat trip …
Spanish Steps
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Katherine De Bruyn
The entrance to the Ghetto is through the Portico di Ottavia, built by Augustus for his sister; a ruin full of columns and remnants of walls and buildings, some incorporated into modern structures. …
The Horns and Paine Grande, Torres del Paine
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George Sloan
After two very active hiking days today was a rest day for us -- a return to the short hike to Salto Grande and a three hour boat ride on Lago Grey for a close-up look at Glaciar Grey. The weather …
Santa Cruz island, Galapagos
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Yvonne Smith
A long day on the bus! We get picked up at 6:30 am for a 7:00 am bus departure. The ride from Cusco to Puno is 9 hours but goes by surprisingly quickly with several stops along the way. The most …
Vatican from Spanish Steps
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Katherine De Bruyn
One of our number wanted to photograph the Spanish Steps in early morning light - we were out of the hotel before six (glad I had dozed the day before) and had the light and the Steps virtually to …