April 5th, 2016 / posted by paularath
Photos in this blog are by Jerry Mayfield

A view from our veranda in Antarctica.                                                      Photos in this blog are by Jerry Mayfield

We had some technical difficulties with Jerry’s new iPhone and have been unable to get photos from his phone into my blog until now.

Rather than expecting you to go back and look at each previous blog and the photos that went with it, I am simply putting his glorious photos in one blog for you to enjoy.

Mahalo for taking this journey with us!

I found the icebergs so inspiring!

I found the icebergs so inspiring! And look at the mountains peeking out behind clouds.

One of the icebergs that inspired a watercolor painting.

One of the icebergs that inspired a watercolor painting. Look at all those blues!

A slightly different view, with different light.

A slightly different view, with different light.

Sunrise as we prepared to enter the Panama Canal.

The bird life in South America is remarkable. A pair of birds kept pace with the ship for days!

The bird life in South America is remarkable. A pair of birds kept pace with the ship for days! We loved watching them dive for fish.

Jerry captured a Valparaiso graffiti artist at work on a street mural. He didn't seem very happy about it. Oh well.

Jerry captured a Valparaiso graffiti artist at work on a street mural. He didn’t seem very happy about it. Oh well.

Here we are with the nice Valparaiso couple who sold us my Valentine's Day roses.

Here we are with the nice Valparaiso couple who sold us my Valentine’s Day roses.

Paula, Paula Patrascu and Jerry at the bar in the Starlite Room.

Paula, Paula Patrascu and Jerry at the bar in the Starlite Room.

One of our favorite things to do on the ship is to create new cocktails with our lovely Romanian bartender, Paula Patrascu.

Mixology is a hobby of Jerry’s and he soaks it up (pun intended) with so many excellent professional bartenders available to share tips and treats with him.

We return from every cruise with at least one new cocktail. Somewhere off the coast of Peru, Paula came up with “A Perfect Cloud,” a dessert cocktail with a divine combination of Frangelico, Bailey’s, Creme de Cacao and vodka. She garnished it with shaved dark chocolate and served it to us with a fabulous truffle on the side. We had a A Perfect Cloud every night before bedtime! Jerry has learned to make it so we enjoy it at home now.

After 11 years working on the Crystal Symphony, Paula retired n March 25. She and her husband, Tio, who was a butler on the ship, decided to return to Romania and start a family. Paula was the first friend we made on the ship and we have remained close friends over the years. We will miss her so much!

Please watch for a few more South America blogs, including one featuring photos of the paintings we did while on the ship.

– Paula Rath

 

 

 

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