Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

A complete change of scene this week as I’ve been sorting through photos taken on the last part of our Alaskan trip (in August 2018 back in the days when we could travel further afield). Our week-long cruise from Vancouver finished at the port of Seward, situated on Resurrection Bay on the southern coast of …

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  Glacier Bay is one of the most incredible places we have ever visited. The National Park is situated in Southeast Alaska and was our last stop in the Panhandle region of Alaska before sailing across the open seas on the northern Pacific Ocean to Seward, a journey that took a day and a half. …

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My last post was all about our exploration of the fascinating frontier town of Skagway on our South Eastern Alaskan travels. I hadn’t realised I had a whole bunch of additional photos hiding in my computer archives so decided to include them this week as a postcript to Skagway – Klondike Gold Rush Tales From …

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Another overnight sailing from our previous port of call, Juneau, took us to the frontier town of Skagway Alaska. Even today the town has something of a wild west feeling to it. The population is subject to seasonal fluctuations with the summer months bringing a large influx of tourists to the region including the many, …

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Before heading back to our boat for the evening sailing, we had just enough time to take the aerial tramway (cable car) up to the summit of Mount Roberts for some wonderful views over Juneau and the surrounding scenery. I actually went up with my friend having left other members of our party checking out …

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Apart from wildlife conservation, which we learnt a lot about during our spectacular whale-watching tour (see here), a major theme of our Alaskan trip was discovering more about the effects of climate change. This was especially apparent on our afternoon excursion out to the Mendenhall Glacier Protection area, a conservation area only a few miles …

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We booked all our tours for Juneau and Skagway (the following destination) through a guy called Chris. He had set up alongside the arrival quay in Juneau Port (see here for last post). We saved a small fortune on the advertised prices on the boat and also got to see some places that we wouldn’t …

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Although travel isn’t possible at present and indeed most of us will be staying close to home for some considerable time to come, it’s still nice to reminisce and perhaps dare to dream of some future trips. With this in mind I thought I’d get caught up with a past trip that I never finished …

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Braving the elements we set off to explore Alaska’s Ketchikan (see here for Part 1)! Billing itself as Alaska’s First City (since it’s the first port of call once you cross the border from Canada), tourism is the lifeblood of this region. We found the locals friendly and welcoming even on a cold damp August day. …

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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, …

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