Rhymes with Gladys.

Turns out Cadiz isn’t Ka-deez but instead is pronounced Kadyz. Who knew? Lots of flamingo here thought we didn’t get to see a show.

Had a pleasant (albeit tiring day). We went on the included in our cruise fare walking tour ( can you say 4.3 miles so far today and I hope to make one more trip to the bar before the night is done?) which included the high spots: Market, Squares, Cathedral.

Cadiz had hundreds of these towers where merchants could watch for ships returning from the Americas and through a systems of flags offer to buy their goods.

Cathedral

Cadiz is a great little city, easy to walk around the historic part. We stopped after the tour and got a screen protector for my phone since I dropped my phone yesterday and it landed right on the corner and spider veined the upper half of the phone. Our first experience with our pigeon Spanish, google translate and sign language… but $11 later I have a phone that I don’t have to worry will slice my fingers. Success in my book!

We also stopped and had a coffee and the traditional pastry which looked like Texas cinnamon toast but was the consistency of tres leches cake. The “juice” was made with honey. Very tasty! Mike had a tuna (the main catch at this seaport) empanada-also tasty.

Mike and I then wandered for another hour or so through the town ending up on the old walls of the city-there are forts along the walls-you can see one in the background or our selfie:

We returned to the ship just in time to have a quick salad before the World Cafe closed. We then headed to the spa where we spent several hours. Unlike other lines, Viking’s Spa is complimentary and includes sauna, stream room, thalloscopy pool, snow room, hot tub and a cold bucket shower so you can experience the Nordic Bathing Ritual. Very relaxing.

We are at The Restaurant this evening. It was enjoyable although a wine confusion was just that.

Last bite (sorry we forgot to take picture) of the Jamon (ham) and artichoke salad

When we ordered our entrees, our waiter suggested that due to their small sizes that we might want to order a third-so we did! All were tasty especially the stir fried beef and the pesto risotto.

Pad Thai:

Beef Stir Fry

Shrimp with Pesto Risotto

Had a first today! Rugs pulled us away from the pier and turned us before we headed back out into the Atlantic. Typically ships use their bow thrusters and can rotate pretty much in place. The wind was high and the channel narrow so I guess that’s why we had tugs. Made me feel like Barbra!

We are now trying to stay awake until 12:30-1 am when we are scheduled to go through the Straits of Gibraltar. Not sure how much we will see in the dark as it has turned a bit stormy. We lucked out that the predicted rain today never materialized.

Looking forward to our last sea day tomorrow. Hard to believe that this cruise is approaching its end…makes us think one of the World cruises might be in our future!

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