We said our goodbyes on the steps of the hotel and made our way to airport. It wasn’t long before we were airborne once again and settling in for the overnight flight back to Paris.
It felt like we had been away for a very long time but in only two weeks we had done and seen a lot. From Dublin to Buenos Aires and a tour of the city, then on to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Then we caught the first sight of ship the M/V Plancius as she waited in the harbour to take us on our adventure to Antarctica.
Out into the Beagle Channel and on across Drake Passage which was kind to us for our crossing. Escorted by a variety of bird life including Albatross and Petrels we then spotted our first sight of Antarctica. We had arrived. The following days were spent visiting some of the most beautiful locations on this planet and seeing some of Antarctica's wildlife in its natural habitat, a real privilege.
We've walked, camped, kayaked, talked, laughed, danced and even shed tears of joy during our adventure. It has been a very special trip to a very special place. We had a great group of people who added all the more to make the trip so memorable.
There is a saying "it's not the destination but the journey that matters" and in our case I can honestly say the journey was definitely amazing but the destination equally so. Antarctica delivered yet again. It is one of the most special locations on Earth and hopefully will remain so.
We have already planned the reunion which will take place in where else other than The South Pole Inn in Annascaul, Co. Kerry in May of this year. The South Pole Inn was originally owned by Tom Crean, our very own Antarctic Explorer so a very fitting place for our motley crew of Antarctic Explorers to meet up again.
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I've included a selection of some other photos from the trip below.
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Best wishes and happy travels wherever they may be to,
Tom McManamon - New Horizon Expeditions - http://www.newhorizon.ie/