Ashore in Cadiz - 06/21/19
21 June 2019 | Cadiz, Spain
Woke after we passed Gibraltar on this Summer Solstice day. Could see land to the port side of us. Lots of lights on shore. We did not get dressed to check out Gibraltar on the starboard side of the ship. We headed back to sleep. Woke up just as we were coming into the Cadiz harbor. The sun was just coming up. We docked at the port area of the old part of this city. Took our time getting up. We were not in a rush as the local shops wouldn't open until 9:30. We headed up to Deck 14, Lido for breakfast. Not that many people around as it was almost 9. It was nice to have a table to ourselves. We headed down the gang plank around 9:30. Stopped at a Information booth and the lady gave us some good suggestions on things to do in this city. We walked thru the narrow streets to the Botanical Gardens with lots of trees and flowers, plus a lovely waterfall, which was located near the water. They have a walled area around the entire city with a path along the edge. We followed the yellow path out to the fort, only to find that it was locked. We stopped a local gentleman but he really didn't speak English well and could not answer our questions on when the fort would be open. It was called Castillo de Santa Catalina Cadiz. We found out later that it opened by noon but we were already at the other end of town and didn't walk back to check it out. The beach area was small and not that much water due to a low tide. There were plenty of dinghies tied up on moorings, but all were on dry land. Not sure what the tidal range was. We walked the beach over to the far side. Lots of kids in the water. Not sure if this is their summer holidays. The breeze was cool so not sure I would have wanted to join them. There was one hotel on the beach with their own private umbrella chairs, but no one using them. The far side had a causeway out to another fort, but the information lady told us that the causeway was broken due to some bad sea conditions and did not recommend walking out there. It was called Castillo de San Sebastian. We walked back thru the city to the center square. There was a fruit and vegetable market going on. Lots of people around the town. We checked out some of the shops. As we worked out way over to the port area, we stopped at a barber shop so Mark could get a hair cut and beard trim. There was one person already in the chair, but it took quite a while before it was Mark's turn. Inexpensive at 15 Euros. We walked thru many more streets before arriving back at the port. We stopped at the Duty Free shop but we didn't buy anything. It was an easy walk back to our ship. The port area was huge and could accommodate many other large ships, but today, it was only us. We dropped by our cabin first, then headed up to Deck 14, Lido for a late lunch. We shared a table with a couple from NZ. Enjoyed our conversation. Then headed back to our cabin. Decided that our bodies needed some massage so we changed into our swimsuits and headed up to Deck 14 hot tubs. We had our choice of 3 as there were no passengers using the pool or the hot tubs. We walked the deck and headed back down to our cabin. Showered and decided to have a nap. It was 5 pm when I woke up. We barely had enough time to get dressed and head down to Deck 5 dining room for dinner. Ian almost didn't make it as he took a bus tour to Seville. Enjoyed our dinner and our conversations. Our ship departed Cadiz as we ate our dinner. The wind is around 25 knots and feels pretty cold to me. Decided to check out the Canadian comedian named Simon Cotter. The show was entertaining as he touched on the humor of several different topics, mainly about old people. We headed up to Deck 12 where we bypassed tonight's movie called, Book Club. As this is the longest day, with the sun setting around 10 pm, we figures that the movie screen would be affected by the sun. However, Mark didn't want to miss out on a bag or two of popcorn. Headed back to our room. Mark took our Garmin out to the front of our deck and it was plenty windy and cool. It's pretty moderate wave heights. Our ship is very stable as we move along at 17 knots. The sun is almost thinking of setting. Thanks for the emails and messages. It's always great to hear from everyone! I just posted several pictures from Cadiz.