Thursday, February 1, 2018

Atlantic Adventurer Cruise: Day 37, Cadiz, Spain

Sunday, November 26, 2017
Day 37, Cadiz, Spain

We are now back in the Atlantic Ocean as we left the Mediterranean late last night.  Our port of call today is the oldest city in Europe, Cadiz, Spain.  Cadiz is also the city where Columbus started his historic voyage to the New World.  

We were due to dock this morning at 8:00 so I got up at 7:30 and it looked like we were still at sea so I went back to bed.  I got up again at 8:00 and we were already docked so I decided to get up and see what was happening on the dock.  We must be right on the western edge of the time zone as it was still pretty dark at 8:00, but got light pretty quickly after that.  The weather was overcast, but the temperature was pretty mild.

We had scheduled a ship’s tour today, but it had been cancelled so we had no plans to do anything, but walk around the town.  It was Sunday morning and the town was very quiet.  We got something to eat and didn’t do much of anything until around 10:00 and then decided to get off the ship.  Blue sky was appearing so that was another good reason for delaying our getting off the ship.

The ship was docked right across from the old section of Cadiz so it was an easy walk in.  Val read on Trip Advisor that there were several self-guided walking tours in Cadiz so we stopped at the tour information kiosk and got a map and guide brochure and we were on our way.  There were four different routes and each was given a color and there were colored lines painted on the streets or sidewalks making it very easy to follow.

We followed several of the walking tours and covered quite a bit of the Old Town.  Most of the shops and restaurants were still closed, which we expected considering it was a Sunday morning, but as time went on more and more opened, and by noon things had become much more lively.  As we seem to frequently do, we ran into Roy in one of the town squares and talked to him for a bit and then continued our walk.  Here is a photo tour of our walk today.

This is the Cadiz town hall.

Cadiz and the surrounding area, is home to the first flamenco dancing.

We were getting pretty tired of walking and had seen pretty much everything we wanted to see so we decided to stop and get something to eat.  We couldn’t really find anything that caught our fancy so we decided to just go back to the ship.

We make our way back across the street and return to the ship.
We made it back to our room by 1:30 and decided to go up to the Lido and have some lunch.  We opted for pizza and salad again, and ate on the outside deck in the warm sun, with a beautiful view of Cadiz.  It’s so nice when the ship docks right in town.

After lunch we rested our tired feet for a while and then Val went to her afternoon trivia and I went up on deck to take some pictures of the town.  When I came back, I updated the blog from today’s activities and downloaded our pictures.  Our dinner routine was the usual and when we got back to the room we were pleased to see that we were gaining another hour tonight.  We will be in Casablanca, Morocco tomorrow and have to get up at 7:00 so that extra hour of sleep will come in handy.

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