Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

After a couple of nights and a full day’s sailing on board the Noordam (see here), it was rather surreal to open our curtains the next morning and realise we had docked in port.

Below us on the quay we got our first glimpse of the USA and South East Alaska’s first port of call, the little town of Ketchikan. Not a particularly auspicious start as it was pouring with rain and the town was coated in a thick mist reminiscent of sea frets in Scotland or northern England on a bad day (from my childhood memories!).

However the green wooded hills dotted with timber cottages reminded me not only of Scotland but also Scandinavia and in the gloom we could also just about make out shops enticing visitors along the quayside stocked with foodstuffs, jewellery and interesting objects such as totem poles reminding us of the First Nations heritage of the area.

So fortified with a hearty breakfast and well rugged up against the rain and cold we braced the elements and set off to explore the township. More to come in the next post!

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13 thoughts on “First Port of Call – Ketchikan South East Alaska Part 1

  1. Gilda Baxter says:

    Your photos reminded me of when we arrived in Bergen on our cruise of Norway. A hearty breakfast does help to face the elements 🙂

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    1. I think there would be a lot of similarities between the two places. Norway is on my wish list too! I always feel colder when it is damp and wet – amazing how much you eat when the weather is cooler! 😃

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  2. Heyjude says:

    Ah, there’s not much you can do about the weather and when you are in a place for a very short time (and possibly the ONLY time) then you have to make the most of it.

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    1. Exactly Jude I am not sure we’ll ever go there again so we really wanted to make the most of it. You have a real feel of being in a frontier town it must be a hard place to live in all year round!


  3. restlessjo says:

    Ooh, nippy! The weather has broken here but we’re hoping for better before the youngsters go home 🙂 🙂

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    1. It was certainly bracing Jo! Do hope you get some better weather for your visitors – it’s been looking so lovely on your photos but gather there has been a bit of a cold snap in Europe. We’re coming over in just over 2 weeks time – Uk and managing a few days side trip to Germany so we’ll have to pack for all weathers! 😃

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  4. Yes, my first thought when I opened your post was “dreich – looks just like here”!

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    1. Dreich is an excellent word – I know I’ve seen the explanation of it on your site before! Hope it’s not like this at the moment with you?!


        1. Good to hear! We’ll be over in the UK again in a couple of weeks time (if we manage to get on the plane there has been a lot going on here)! Hoping the weather will be nice for our trip – last year we arrived in the midst of the Beast From The East!


          1. I hope it holds for you then!

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            1. It seems to have been a mild winter and start to spring by all accounts but one never knows… Not keen to be coming over with all the current chaos – as long as we get our few days in to Germany I’ll be happy (no protesters on station roofs or anything like that)!

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