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Victoria’s Butchart Gardens

Our Alaska cruise is coming to a close and we’ve officially left Alaska. This particular Oceania cruise embarks and debarks in Vancouver so I’m seeing some of the Western coast of Canada too. Victoria is a popular cruise port on Alaskan cruises as well and has been high on my travel to-do list for a while. The cruise port terminal in Victoria is very near to the main downtown port area: and the Fairmont Empress Hotel. The most talked about attraction in Victoria are the Butchart Gardens, a 20 minute drive outside the city center. For over 100 years, tourists Read More

Perito Moreno Glacier

Today was all about big chunks of ice. Ninety-seven square miles of ice, named the Perito Moreno Glacier to be exact. Perito Moreno Glacier is a short drive away from El Calafate, Argentina inside Los Glaciares National Park. The really cool thing about this glacier is that it is advancing, or getting bigger, while most of the worlds’ glaciers are rapidly shrinking. Perito Moreno Glacier can be viewed by boat or by hiking about a mile (roundtrip) to the viewing platforms. I opted to hike the longer hike at about 2 miles in total. It is quite easy (especially in Read More