It’s Day 12 of my NCL cruise to Antarctica and also the day of my last excursion before cruising back to Buenos Aires for my flight home.
I chose a walking tour of Stanley also known as Port Stanley which is the capital city of the Falkland Islands. Stanley is located on the island of East Falkland, on a north-facing slope in one of the wettest parts of the islands. The entire population of Stanley is about 3500 people. Know wonder, I loved being there.SoLol
The history of Stanley is tied to the Falklands War where in 1982, Argentine troops occupied the island. Stanley suffered considerable damage during the war, from both the Argentine occupation and the British naval sheling of the town. After the British secured the high ground around the town the Argentines surrendered with no fighting in the town itself.
Since the Falklands War, Stanley has benefitted from the growth of the fishing and tourism industries in the Islands. Stanley itself has developed greatly in that time, with the building of a large amount of residential housing, particularly to the east of the town center (which is mostly where I walked) and is now a third bigger than it was in 1982.
I found Stanley to be a magical place and I felt very grateful to be able to visit.
Here are some photos that will give a “feeling” of what Stanley is about.
Enjoy and Welcome to Stanley!
Below is the famous Whalebone Arch.
Below is the monument to the lives lost in The Falklands War.
Here is a woman I spoke to that has lived in Stanley her whole life. She was super lovely and let me take a photo. They guy was a friend of hers.
Well, I hope you got a sense of how magical Stanley is and I truly hope to return one day to learn even more about it!