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Cruise Day 2

Montevideo

sunny 30 °C

Today we stopped in Montevideo after boarding yesterday in Buenos Aires. Yesterday we had our last morning in BA and decided to go to Gallerios Pacificos - an upmarket shopping centre in a renovated railway headquarters in Central BA. Our hotel the Emperador was very classy and comfortable. This morning we took an ordinary tour of Jewish Montevideo but the Synagogue was closed. We did however see the Holocaust Memorial on the beach which was setup at the behest of the then President of Uruguay in 1994 with the financial help of the local community. We also visited the gallery of a terrific local Artist Gurvich who used an extraordinary variety of media and subjects over a long period.

Tonight we sail to Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands en route to the Anrarctic Peninsula. Highlights of the trip so far include Rio and the Carnival show, BA and the Tango Show, The Iguassu Falls which almost leave one breathless and as already mentioned the Flesh parade and the the curiosity we aroused on the Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.

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Iguassu from both sides of the falls

Iguassu to BA

Here in BA - take 2. Arrived at BA and am currently writing this in the Lobby of the Emperador Hotel after waking early this morning. We drive over the border to Argentina and then enter the Argentinian national park so we could see the Giant's Throat close up. What an experience! Yesterday we took a safari ride to the Iguassu River and then a Zodiac as close as we could get to the falls. Totally saturated we wearily climbed back to the vehicles and then sat for the next hour or so in our totally wet clothes. Loving this trip even the pace is very tiring - but we do not have to worry about our luggage and our tour director is charming and totally helpful. We now have 2 days in Buenos Aires then the cruise begins. I will add a few photos as soon as possible. Thinking of all who were/are touched by the Bushfires.

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Day 1 Foz Iguacu

4th Day of our holiday

sunny 44 °C

After 2 exhausting days in Rio we got up early this morning for our trip to Iguassu Falls. Arrived here at 2pm after the now familiar delays in our flights on the local system. We had breakfast at 6:30am and no lunch and on arrival we started off on the 1.2 km walk on the Brazilian side of the falls in 44 degree stifling heat. The falls are every bit as wonderful as up to 3500 cubic metres per second fall 70 meters for a staggering 2 km. The sweat was pouring off us by the time we got back to our deliciously air-conditiioned bus back to our newly renovated Hotel das Cataratas (no hot water as yet). Our Rio holiday included a trip to the empty Sambadrome and a Carnival Show and both Cocovado and Sugarloaf mountains. I will update the photo Gallery and Blog in Buenos Aires as I do not have the appropriate adaptor for this part of Brazil.

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Rio Day 2

Thinking of all at home and in Victoria

sunny 35 °C

Arrived 2am this morning after a 34 hour flight. Managed to sleep on plane for 6-7 hours then held up by bad weather in Sao Paolo for five hours. Learned of the terrible fires at Santiago. Our thoughts are with all affected. Woke up at 7am after 4-5 hours sleep and after breakfast were taken on Jeep tour to Corcovado and the massive Christ of the Andes and then Tijuca Forest. we were dropped off at the Hippies Market (Arts and Craft Market) at Ipanema beach and then walked slowly back to Copacabana Beach and our Hotel. Marvelled at the expanse of flesh no matter how old or what shape and revelled in the meaning of the Brazilian. Motto here is "If you got it - flaunt it" and if you don't got it - flaunt it." Butt floss comes in every colour except black! Very hot here around 35 with high humidity but not 46.7! Celina is collapsed on the bed and sleeping. I sit here and type and download photos. Tonight its a Brazilian barbeque then a Samba Show. Told that Brazil has the best politicians money can buy. Where else could an illiterate shoe-shine boy become President? He knows enough maths to remember his Swiss bank account numbers. You have to be really poor to afford the best views in Rio. Best thing to happen in the context of last year was our pickup at 2am.Rio_Day_1_092.jpgRio_Day_1_098.jpgRio_Day_1_096.jpg

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Rio at Last

Day 2 Rio De Janiero

sunny 33 °C

Arrived 2am this morning after a nightmare 34 hour trip from Melbourne slept on plane and then again for 4-5 hours in our very comfortable room and bed. Spent this morning on a jeep Tour of Corcovado with the massive statue of Christ of the Andes and then the Tijuca Forest. We then walked in the 30-35 degree heat from the Ipanema Hippies Market along the beach back to our Hotel where Celina has passed out and I sit here typing and reading about the terrible bushfires and the tragedy for all Victorians at home.

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