The Falklands

Our first stop after BA was at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. We had been kicking ourselves for not signing up earlier for cruise shore excursions, including here, as most were full. So we headed into the Port on one of the ship's launches in the pouring rain unsure of what we were going to be able to see. Fortunately, there were a number of private vans that take you to the same places for much cheaper than Princess. Naturally, on the ship they do not share this information with you. We were able to see a very cool penguin colony and take some up close pictures. There were even two Emperor penguins guarding their nest. The amount of time we spent at the beach was perfect, as the weather was miserable.

Just a note: many of the beaches and hills in the Falklands are still infested with landmines from the Falklands War of 1982! They are off-limits to people (penguins do not set them off) - what a shame for the Falklanders. Thirty years later they are still paying a price. By the way, they ARE Brits - and look and sound the part.



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