One of our cruise's excursions went to the Gentoo Penguin colony. This is not to be missed if you have the opportunity to see it. It is not easy to reach the colony: we cruised, tendered to a dock, rode the bus to a rendevous with Land Rovers, transferred and bumped across the treeless land on a track to the colony. It was worth every effort and dollar to see them. Completely natural, without fences except a few flags to guide you to not walk among them and disturb the nesting families. The curious chicks will come to within three feet or so. Photographers, bring the zoom lens and expect to use wide- and telephoto- settings. We were lucky weatherwise, but it can be daunting. Bring camera protection...and something for you, too.
We were on a cruise to the Antarctic and decided to join an excursion to the Gentoo penguin colony. Once finished with that wonderful experience, we decided to walk about the town and take in the architectural sights. This is a town that endures real weather: cool temperatures, high winds, lots of rain. The buildings are functional, but colorful as well. Photographers, bring your zoom lens and use the full range to capture town images.
Unless you came here on a Military plane (available to civilians from the UK) you are going to land on the Public Jetty in Stanley and almost walk straight up to the Falklands Visitor Information Centre and Falklands Tourist Board (upstairs). Although they have published hours, if you arrive on a Cruise Ship, expect them to be open.
The Falklands, well East Falkland anyway, is a small place. If you land here for a few hours, you should have either booked a tour in advance or be in the car park negotiating with the few taxis for a quick trip around the area to see something.
If you want to know what they do have to offer, I would say:
• Postcards with the postage stamp already on. Brilliant, carry labels like I do (pictured) and you are done in seconds and can post it here too.
• A few pictures and facts on the wall that you can have a browse through. They have facts about the flora, fauna and history of the islands.
• Helpful staff who are mostly old ladies. Don’t expect them to be fast. Once your ship leaves it gets very slow here. Buy and go.
• Some souvenirs like pens. Not recommended. Cheap and the designs rub off quickly. There are many good souvenir shops nearby.
So in a nutshell:
• Do your home work and/or booking before you go
• Buy the Postcards and run
If you walk up a few blocks towards Drury Street and Pioneer Row, you will find a few of the original homes that have been restored. There was a lovely lady in the one who was available to answer your questions.
Christ Church Cathedral is the southern most Anglican cathedral in the world. It's unassuming yet beautifully constructed. There was a very knowledgable gentleman in attendance to answer anyone's questions and he thanked all for visiting the cathedral, very lovely.
Christ Church Cathedral on Ross Road, in Stanley, Falkland Islands, is the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world, consecrated in 1892. It is known for its whalebone arch, made from the jaws of two blue whales, which was raised in 1933.
An image of the church is featured on the reverse side of all Falkland Islands pound banknotes.
The Parish of the Falkland Islands is part of the Anglican Communion. The Rector of the Cathedral reports directly to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Cathedral is built on the site of Holy Trinity Church, which was destroyed by a peat slip in 1886
Gypsy Cove is one of the prime spots to see Magellan penguins in their natural habitat. Located only a few miles away from the town of Stanley, it's surrounded by heath and the sea. There are enclosed walkways for you to browse around and see the penguins as well as enjoy the surrounding landscape. There are even little observation areas for you to just stand aside and take it all in. You may even come across a stray penguin in your path. I know I did.
In the bay and the hills surrounding Gipsy Cove one will find a large colony of Magellan Penguins. During my visit most of them had young once that were hiding in the nests protected by one of the family members – others were simply in groups on the beach. A beautiful natural site!!
Some 7 kilometres to the East of Stanley one finds a stunning bay with white covered sand. The way there alone is a treat to see the country side outside the capital town, the rugged tree less landscape that is teaming with bird life. I took a mountain bike to get there – and it was worse while every minute!!
Look around and see the various street names in Stanley. Ross street was named after the Antarctic explorer and Commander of HMS Erebus Sir James Clark Ross. He was also responsible for finding the site of the present day capital of the Falklands.
This is the main museum of Stanley and covers all important historical, natural and military aspects of life on the islands. It is a must to visit and make sure you spend sometime here before you leave the island!!
In its day the Jhelum was a superb example of a three masted wooden barque. She was built during 1849 in Liverpool. Her design was typical of ocean going trading vessels of her time and for twenty years she carried general cargo between Britain and South America. In 1870 she sailed into Stanley leaking so badly that her crew refused to sail in her again. She was condemned and placed as a storage hulk. Still today she is part of the Stanley landscape.
Work began on this building in 1845 to Governors Moody’s design. What now is the central stone portion was the original house and the first person to take up residence here was Governor Moore in 1859. Various following governors all made alterations to the building that is still today the home of the from the monarch appointed governor to the Falklands.
This is the old reservoir site. Along the shoreline one can still see two mooring posts, these are relics from the days when boats would tie up at the Watering Jetty to take on fresh water.
The Jetty however was demolished in the 1920’s.
Built during the 1920’s to commemorate the Battle of the Falkland Islands which took place on 8th of December 1914, when a British squadron led by Admiral Sturdee defeated the German fleet under Admiral Graf von Spee.