SA: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (part 3)

Thursday, January 26, 2023

We strolled along the cliff edge toward the Sea Cabbage Cafe.

The owners of the cafe also own the entire Cove land. In addition to the cafe and the penguin experience, they also raise sheep and sell items that are made from the wool there. She is a professional baker.

Chuck chose a cup of coffee, a cookie and a piece of peanut butter cake. I chose hot chocolate, a scone with the diddle-dee jam and cream, and a piece of lemon cake. Everything was excellent.

We walked through the small museum and gift shop. Chuck bought a very nice wool hat that was made with the Farm’s sheep wool.

June was picking us up there at the cafe so we sat on one of the picnic tables and watched the penguins on the beach. We could have walked out on the beach and some people did.

Real Sea Cabbage –

On the ride back, she pointed out some various battle sites and some local cows – the belted cows. They were too far away for my camera to get a good photo.

Google photo

Once we got back to the port area, we chose to get on the next tender and go back to the ship. It had been a great day.

Travel Trivia

Stanley, Falkland Islands

The Falklands are a compact group of 740 islands with a total land area approximately the size of Connecticut. The Falkland Islands are a self-governing British Overseas Territory.

The name “Falkland Islands” comes from Falkland Sound, the strait that separates the two main islands. The name “Falkland” was applied to the channel by John Strong, captain of an English expedition which landed on the islands in 1690. Strong named the strait in honour of Anthony Cary, 5th Viscount of Falkland, the Treasurer of the Navy who sponsored his journey. Many South Americans still refer to the islands as Isla Malvinas, the original French-given name.

The islands’ vegetation is low and dense in a landscape with no natural tree growth.

There are over 500,000 breeding pairs of penguins consisting of 5 species: King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Macaroni and Magellanic.

Approximately 65% of the world’s black-browed albatrosses live in the Falklands and it is the only place to see the Falklands steamer duck and Cobbs wren.

Four-fifths of the Falkland population live in Stanley. The islands’ British heritage is apparent in Stanley, where pubs, bright red mailboxes, and well-kept gardens are numerous.

Stanley’s weekly paper is named Penguin News.

Peat was once a prominent heating/fuel source in Stanley, and stacks of drying peat can still be seen by the occasional house.

Almost the whole area of the two main islands, outside of Stanley, is devoted to sheep farming.

Author: mmmtravelmemories

A retired college administrator who loves to travel. I write to remember the experiences and, I hope, to inspire others to make their own travel memories.

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