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It’s that time of the year when another holiday beckons – this one had been on the cards for a long time. Our 10 days in Argentina and Brazil in 2005 was just a taster of the real thing, as we realised how thinly we scrapped the surface with barely any time spent in both the countries.

Ever since, the desire to go further in the continent has been lurking, it needed a plan and some resource to make it a reality. And so it is, just another few days to go for that long awaited tour. Our final itinerary includes ‘top to toe’ of Chile and the Argentine Patagonia.

The Whole Length of It

The Whole Length of It

However, this time I wish to share our experience in this diary on a day to day basis with a few pictures if possible, depending on the internet availability in wilderness. But I will surely catch up whenever base camp allows.

And so, inspired by the Motorcycle Diaries, this will be a humble attempt to journalise our experience in this exotic land, but ofcourse without using Ernesto’s and Alberto’s ‘magic formula‘ for a survival!

The itinerary roughly includes:

  • 2 nights in Santiago de Chile
  • 2 nights in San Pedro de Atacama ( Atacama desert)
  • 1 Puerto Natales
  • 2 nights Torres del Paine national park
  • 2 nights Perito Morino glacier (Argentina)
  • 1 nights El Calafate (Argentina)
  • 2 nights Bariloche (Argentina)
  • 2 nights Puerto Varas and Chiloe
  • 2 nights Valparaiso

This day by day account will under Chile & Patagonia, and I look forward to your reactions and questions. The ultimate purpose is to entice you on a similar journey!

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This was my third trip to the Broads…..and as usual the place still holds a lot of excitement for me.Chugging along in our own motor cruiser -the Malibu Light, miles and miles of gentle waterways glistening in the sunlight with the peaceful Norfolk countryside as far as the eye can see – it was sheer bliss for 3 days.

Our Shelter for Two Nights

Our Shelter for Two Nights

Relaxing as we listened to the water lapping against the stern and looking out for moorhens stirring in the rushes, it was a welcome break. We visited the nature reserves and explored some pretty villages and medieval ruins on the way. The sumptuous barbecue at our mooring in Gayes Staithe one afternoon was an experience, and we did it so well for 14 people – pros.

Rest of teh time we literally whiled away the hours watching the serene countryside and settled down with a glass of wine as the sunlight slowly faded away…….it was then time for dinner and the kitchen on the cruiser served its purpose…..no complaints!

At Salhouse Broads

At Salhouse Broads

The Norfolk Broads is now the UK’s largest nationally protected wetland and an important area for wildlife. The Broads were formed when people dug for peat in Medieval times and then they were later flooded. The Victorians used them for transporting heavy loads but nowadays they are here purely for pleasure and passengers are the boats’ main cargo.

Sunset from our mooring

Sunset from our mooring

A holiday in the Norfolk Broads is like a whole new world. And it’s easy. No complicated locks to manoeuvre, just 125 miles of navigable waterways with plenty of places to moor up and hop out to explore pretty villages and market towns, or to stop at a welcoming pub to set up for the rest of the day.

This time it was with family and we had a ball.

Highly recommended.

Click here for my photostream of tthe Broads.

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