We toured the area around Stanley in the Falkland Island

Stanley Travel Blog

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2009-03-06 stanley welcome sign

I suppose there was some imperial justification for Britain's occupation of the Falklands when ships were powered by sail and coal and bases like these were necessary to supply the force of an Empire upon which the sun never sets.  But it was understood that in modern times, the Falklands were a commercial colony of Argentina - its few remaining inhabitants went to Argentina for holidays, shopping, health care even education - some even called the islands Las Malvinas. And the British government bean counters - especially Margaret Thatcher - seemed pleased that the "Argies" were assuming the cost of keeping people on these inhospitable rocks.

But Maggie was plunging in the polls at home. When the Argentine junta she supported invaded the Falklands to divert attention from the silent vigils of las abuelas demanding information about les desaparacedos who had been kidnapped, tortured and murdered buy the junta in the "dirty war", she sent out the fleet to drive out the "Argies.

Wreck Lady Elizabeth in the harbour at Stanley, Falkland Islands
"  Now the locals go to schools and hospitals, shopping and vacations in the UK, there are about 70,000 anti-personnel mines buried about the colony, the bean counters are unhappy but the sun still shines on the empire - and, in a temporary outbreak of patriotic fervour, Thatcher was re-elected. In short, everyone lost.

Our ship anchored in the outer harbour of Stanley early in the morning and the lighters shuttled us to the Public wharf downtown. Some passengers took tours to penguin colonies and other sites around the islands but we chose to wander among the quaint, colourfully painted houses in the three streets that paralleled the waterfront at Stanley. However, before the walking tour we took a short bus tour with an excellent lady guide who explained to us the colourful historic and geographical bakground of the Falklands community

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2009-03-06 stanley welcome sign
2009-03-06 stanley welcome sign
Wreck Lady Elizabeth in the harbou…
Wreck Lady Elizabeth in the harbo…
anti-personnel mines remain in the…
anti-personnel mines remain in th…
wrecks in Stanley Harbour
wrecks in Stanley Harbour
wrecks in Stanley Harbour
wrecks in Stanley Harbour
wrecks in Stanley Harbour
wrecks in Stanley Harbour
wrecks in Stanley Harbour
wrecks in Stanley Harbour
approximately 100,000 anti-personn…
approximately 100,000 anti-person…
mileage signs
mileage signs
The wreck Lady Elizabeth with Tumb…
The wreck Lady Elizabeth with Tum…
needs caulking?
needs caulking?
anchored chain
anchored chain
norwegian sun cruise ship  ar anch…
norwegian sun cruise ship ar anc…
fisheries patrol vessel
fisheries patrol vessel
freighter anchored off Stanley, Fa…
freighter anchored off Stanley, F…
Stanley
photo by: oriel