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Cruise Around Cape Horn
October-November 2016
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I took a 14-day solo cruise from Valparaiso, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, that touched at several Chilean and Argentinian ports, plus the Falkland Islands and Montevideo, Uruguay.  All places I'd never visited.  In fact, this trip represented my first ever trip south of the equator.

I spent extra days before the cruise in Santiago, Chile, and a few extra days in Buenos Aires at the end.

A goodly number of photographs resulted, and the best of those are presented here.  (A secondary selection that is more like a travelogue will be found in a public photo album on Facebook, here.)

Before proceeding to links to the individual photos below, please consider the following image, which records successful fulfillment of one of my principal hopes for this trip:  a visit to Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires.

I took an excursion the first day in Buenos Aires that promised to introduce us to some of Buenos Aires' culinary traditions.  Fortunately, on the way to the first restaurant the bus made a mini-tour of the city.  One of the stops was at the Plaza de Mayo.  The guide was explaining the significance of the plaza and its relationship to the Casa Rosada (the presidential palace), from whose balcony Eva Peron delivered her final address.  Since he did not mention them, I asked him to tell us about the Mothers.  He seemed a little taken aback, then pleasantly surprised that a tour member knew enough about his city to ask the question.  His answer, brief as it was, pretty much echoed what may be found in Wikipedia:

"The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Spanish: Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo) is an association of Argentine mothers whose children were 'disappeared' during the state terrorism of the military dictatorship, between 1976 and 1983. They organized while trying to learn what had happened to their children, and began to march in 1977 at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, in front of the Casa Rosada presidential palace, in public defiance of the government's state terrorism intended to silence all opposition."

The marches continued until January 2006.

The white symbols painted on the bricks of the plaza symbolize the distinctive headscarves the Mothers wore. Just to see this memorial was intensely moving to me. In the above photo I specifically used my wide-angle lens for the only time on this trip to capture the scene, particularly to show not only the scarf-symbols, but the pink Casa Rosada presidential palace in the background as well.

You can read the entire, gruesome story here.

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