Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

Aerial view of the Nakyoktok River that flows into Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

Aerial view of the Nakyoktok River that flows into Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

From Peel Sound [see our previous blog post “Peel Sound (pack ice and polar bear), Northwest Passage, Nunavut, Canada”] we sailed south through Franklin Strait and then Victoria Strait and passed between King William Island on the east and the eastern side of Victoria Island, then through the Dease Strait to Coronation Gulf and Johansen Bay on Victoria Island where we anchored for hiking and helicopter flights over the tundra.

 

Aerial photo, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2; note how flat the overall terrain (tundra) is beyond the small mounds along the river bank

Aerial photo, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2; note how flat the overall terrain (tundra) is beyond the small mounds along the river bank

 

Johansen Bay is on the southern coast of Victoria Island, west of the main town of Cambridge Bay [see our upcoming blog post].  The Nakyoktok River waterway is important for both wildlife and the Kitlinermiut (Copper Inuit) people who have lived in the region for centuries, using copper gathered from the Coppermine River and Coronation Gulf.  We explored the Nakyoktok River by Zodiac  and, upriver, made a wet shore landing and went for a hike ashore.  We were very fortunate to see two white Arctic foxes on the hills nearby, along with numerous birds – the area is a prime habitat for loons, willow grouse and other birds of the high Arctic.  While not seeing any of the local musk ox, we did see their dried up excrement (feces).

 

While Johansen Bay is presently uninhabited, there are remains of old hunting sheds and a former farm along the Nakyoktok River waterway, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

While Johansen Bay is presently uninhabited, there are remains of old hunting sheds and a former farm along the Nakyoktok River waterway, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

The terrain around the Nakyoktok River is all flat tundra except for the low rise rock piles pictured here, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

The terrain around the Nakyoktok River is all flat tundra except for the low rise rock piles pictured here, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

Beautiful orange lichen on an “erratic” boulder (left by a glacier eons ago), Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

Beautiful orange lichen on an “erratic” boulder (left by a glacier eons ago), Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

We hiked to the lakes pictured, crossing flat tundra littered with erratic boulders, Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

We hiked to the lake pictured, crossing flat tundra littered with erratic boulders, Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

On the first of September it was already fall here, as seen in the red color of the bear berry plants on the tundra, Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

On the first of September it was already fall here, as seen in the red color of the bear berry plants on the tundra, Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

On a very cold, windy day, we were very happy to have the sun peek out once in a while, offering a little bit of warmth for a short spell, Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

On a very cold, windy day, we were very happy to have the sun peek out once in a while, offering a little bit of warmth for a short spell, Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

Lichens are the oldest life forms on the tundra, pictured here on an erratic boulder, Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

Lichens are the oldest life forms on the tundra, pictured here on an erratic boulder, Nakyoktok River waterway, Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

It was very cool to be flying in the helicopter after our ship had left anchor and was sailing eastward to Cambridge Bay – even cooler to land on a moving helicopter pad on the forward deck!; Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

It was very cool to be flying in the helicopter after our ship had left anchor and was sailing eastward to Cambridge Bay – even cooler to land on a moving helicopter pad on the forward deck!; Johansen Bay, Victoria Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

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Helicopter Flight above Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1

 

Our helicopter flight above Boger Bay on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, took us up to a landing perch at the top of a cliff overlooking the Bay.  While we were up there enjoying the spectacular views and making photographs, fog rolled in over much of the bay, obscuring the mountains and glaciers that had been in plain sight, right in front of us.  Fortunately, we did not get enveloped in the fog and our helicopter was able to easily return to the top of the cliff to deliver us back to the ship.  On the return flight we had a great aerial show by some of the many beluga whales that we had spotted from the Zodiacs earlier in the day.

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 -- a fisheye lens perspective

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 — a fisheye lens perspective

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8

 

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #9 – a pod of beluga whales

Aerial photo, Boger Bay, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, #9 – a pod of beluga whales

 

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Helicopter Flight above Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – the town of Pond Inlet is in the foreground, with Bylot Island with the mountain glaciers in the distance, across Navy Board Inlet

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – the town of Pond Inlet is in the foreground, with Bylot Island with the mountain glaciers in the distance, across Navy Board Inlet

 

Pond Inlet is located on the northeastern coast of Baffin Island, Canada, on the shores of Navy Board Inlet with Bylot Island across the Inlet.  Our flight took us part way down Navy Board Inlet and then to the west, climbing up over the 5,000-foot high cliffs for amazing views of the glaciers on the interior of Baffin Island.  Our return flight to the ship, anchored in Navy Board Inlet, gave us fantastic views of Pond Inlet and the surrounding area.  Note that Pond Inlet is a jumping off point for many ships embarking on the East to West transit of the Northwest Passage – this summer the town expected to receive 22 cruise and exploration ships (including our ship, which is technically a private residential yacht with an ice-hardened hull, enabling us to make the transit WITHOUT the assistance of an ice breaker – in both 2012 and 2019).

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the view flying S.E. out of Pond Inlet, showing the barren cliffs of Baffin Island fronting on the water (Navy Board Inlet)

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the view flying S.E. out of Pond Inlet, showing the barren cliffs of Baffin Island fronting on the water (Navy Board Inlet)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – looking across the Baffin Island cliffs to Bylot Island (the southern tip of the island is visible on the far right in the background)

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – looking across the Baffin Island cliffs to Bylot Island (the southern tip of the island is visible on the far right in the background)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – the transition is quite stark at the top of the cliffs from the barren soil and verticality of the cliffs fronting the waterfront to the numerous glaciers on the top of Baffin Island

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – the transition is quite stark at the top of the cliffs from the barren soil and verticality of the cliffs fronting the waterfront to the numerous glaciers on the top of Baffin Island as we flew inland (to the west)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – a two-photograph panorama of the Baffin Island interior glaciers; notice the curvature of the earth!

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – a two-photograph panorama of the Baffin Island interior glaciers; notice the curvature of the earth!

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – more glaciers were visible for a great distance as we flew north over the interior of Baffin Island (south of Pond Inlet)

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – more glaciers were visible for a great distance as we flew north over the interior of Baffin Island (south of Pond Inlet)

 

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – flying back to Pond Inlet and the landing pad on the front of our ship

Aerial photo, Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – flying back to Pond Inlet and the landing pad on the bow (fore/front) of our ship

 

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Helicopter Flight above Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – our ship in the fjord as seen a few minutes after lifting off from Deck 7 for our scenic helicopter flight and landing on the top of one of the 5,500 feet high cliffs

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – our ship in the fjord as seen a few minutes after lifting off from Deck 7 for our scenic helicopter flight and landing on the top of one of the 5,500 feet high cliffs

 

Our flight over Feacham Bay [see our previous blog, “Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada“] took us past tall, weather-worn cliffs and then up to a cliff top landing spot.  From our “perch” at 5,500 feet (1,676 meters) elevation, we were able to enjoy the spectacular views up and down the fjord in the late afternoon light and then, turning around and walking a short distance over the rocky terrain, find views of glaciers in the interior of Baffin Island.

 

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – note that the cliffs abutting the water on the east coast of Baffin Island have virtually no snow nor glaciers in the summer these days

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – note that the cliffs abutting the water on the east coast of Baffin Island have virtually no snow nor glaciers in the summer these days, a consequence of global warming

 

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – this glacier is melting, but still hugging the mountains inland of the east coast of Baffin Island

Aerial photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – this glacier is melting, but still hugging the mountains inland of the east coast of Baffin Island

 

Panorama taken on a cliff top of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – notice the contrast between the dry, barren fjord cliffs and the snow and glaciers inland

Panorama taken on a cliff top of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #1 – notice the contrast between the dry, barren fjord cliffs and the snow and glaciers inland

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the intrepid explorer and your blogger at an elevation of 5,500 feet overlooking the spectacular fjord after disembarking from our helicopter on the cliff top

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2 – the intrepid explorer and your blogger at an elevation of 5,500 feet overlooking the spectacular fjord after disembarking from our helicopter on the cliff top

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – a view of the fjord

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 – a view of the fjord

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – note how sheer some of the cliffs fronting the fjord are

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4 – note how sheer some of the cliffs fronting the fjord are

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – late afternoon sun illuminating the inland glaciers (black and white)

PHOTO Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5 – late afternoon sun illuminating the inland glaciers (black and white)

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – a close up of some of the glaciers across the fjord from our helicopter landing spot (black and white)

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6 – a close up of some of the glaciers across the fjord from our helicopter landing spot (black and white)

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – after turning my back to the fjord, a photograph made of the interior glaciers with the cliff top rocks in the foreground (black and white)

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7 – after turning my back to the fjord, a photograph made of the interior glaciers with the cliff top rocks in the foreground (black and white)

 

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8 – after a half-hour in the breezy, cold pure air on the cliff top – it’s summertime! -- we were happy to welcome our “ride” back to our home on the ship!

Cliff top photo of Feacham Bay, Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8 – after a half-hour in the breezy, cold pure air on the cliff top – it’s summertime! — we were happy to welcome our “ride” back to our home on the ship!

 

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Helicopter Flight above Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

The cliffs and glaciers of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) on the northeast side of Canada’s Baffin Island in the Arctic Territory of Nunavut, as seen from an upper deck of our ship

The cliffs and glaciers of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) on the northeast side of Canada’s Baffin Island in the Arctic Territory of Nunavut, as seen from an upper deck of our ship

 

One of the great experiences on our expedition through the Northwest Passage this summer was taking helicopter flights over regions that we sailed through.  Our first flight was after our brief stop at Clyde River in southern Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, Canada, in the eastern region of the Canadian Arctic, where the helicopter joined our ship on deck 7’s forward helicopter pad.  Shown below are some photos of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) from the ship before our helicopter ride and a photo from our apartment’s deck as we sailed out of the fjord.  The fjord is highly regarded for the harsh beauty of its landscapes with rocky cliffs rising steeply from the shore.  The fjord is 110 kilometers (68 miles) long.  Above the cliffs are numerous glaciers which we flew over (and photographed).  The cliffs rise steeply (some go straight up) from the fjord’s shores to heights up to 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above sea level.

 

“Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) lies on Baffin Island’s northeastern coast in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut.  It was named in memory of Sam Ford.  Ford is recognized as Canada’s most outstanding Inuk linguist and died tragically in a helicopter crash.  The Inuit settlement of Pond Inlet is 320 km to the northwest. Sam Ford Fjord is a traditional hunting area for the Inuit.” — https://canadac3.ca/en/expedition/the-places/sam-ford-fiord/

 

A close up of a glacier flowing down to Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) on the northeast side of Canada’s Baffin Island in the Arctic Territory of Nunavut

A close up of a glacier flowing down to Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) on the northeast side of Canada’s Baffin Island in the Arctic Territory of Nunavut

 

Our ship’s helicopter just before boarding and our take off to explore Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Our ship’s helicopter just before boarding and our take off to explore Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

A photograph of our ship in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), taken from the helicopter as we flew further into the fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

A photograph of our ship in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), taken from the helicopter as we flew further into the fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #2

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #3 — take away the water and the ice and the rock formations look like some areas in the Southwest of the United States

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #4

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #5

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #6

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #7

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #8

 

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #10

Aerial photo of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, #9

 

The rock face of one of the sheer cliffs in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, as seen on a Zodiac cruise through the fjord from our ship (in the afternoon, after the helicopter flight)

The rock face of one of the sheer cliffs in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, as seen on a Zodiac cruise through the fjord from our ship (in the afternoon, after the helicopter flight)

 

A hanging glacier flowing down one of the sheer cliffs in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, with melt water from under the glacier exiting into the fjord as a thundering, large waterfall

A hanging glacier flowing down one of the sheer cliffs in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada, with melt water from under the glacier exiting into the fjord as a thundering, large waterfall, as seen on a Zodiac cruise through the fjord from our ship

 

A close up of the hanging glacier and its waterfall flowing down one of the sheer cliffs (above) in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

A close up of the hanging glacier and its waterfall flowing down one of the sheer cliffs (above) in Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti), Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

The view of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) from our apartment’s deck as we sailed out of the fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

The view of Sam Ford Fjord (Kangiqtualuk Uqquqti) from our apartment’s deck as we sailed out of the fjord, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

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Aerial views of Antwerp, Belgium

The view from our helicopter, looking northeast, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the right; Antwerp, Belgium

The view from our helicopter, looking northeast, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the right; Antwerp, Belgium

 

Arriving in a port by ship provides great sea-level views of the approach and the port.  However, one misses the “bird’s-eye view” perspective provided by an airplane flight over the port on the way to the local airport.  In Antwerp, we had the wonderful opportunity, thanks to arrangements by friends, to take a 9-minute helicopter flight over the Schelde River, the waterfront and the historic center of Antwerp.  These photographs are from that quick fly-over.  A magnificent way to see a city!  And we got a close-up of our home on the ship (starboard side).

 

A bird’s-eye view of Antwerp, looking south, Belgium

A bird’s-eye view of Antwerp, looking south, Belgium

 

With Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) in the foreground (the modern, red brick building in the basin), looking south, Antwerp, Belgium

With Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) in the foreground (the modern, red brick building in the basin), looking south, Antwerp, Belgium

 

The view looking southeast, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the left; Antwerp, Belgium

The view looking southeast, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the left; Antwerp, Belgium

 

A close-up of our ship, docked on the Schelde River, and the waterfront; Antwerp, Belgium

A close-up of our ship, docked on the Schelde River, and the waterfront; Antwerp, Belgium

 

The view looking east, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the left; Antwerp, Belgium

The view looking east, over our ship, docked on the Schelde River, to the waterfront and historic center of Antwerp with the magnificent, soaring Cathedral of Our Lady’s spire on the left; Antwerp, Belgium

 

Our helicopter takes off for another flight, with the birds, over Antwerp, Belgium--

Our helicopter takes off for another flight, with the birds, over Antwerp, Belgium