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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Lazy Day redux.

Slept in, coffee and blogging, lunch (salad), watched part 2 of a documentary on Spanish Art, napped, dressed (if jeans and a previously worn to dinner shirt counts as dressing), cocktails while UVA boys gave their 15 minute show, buffet for Greek night, and a less than spectacular sunset, writing this while Mike updates his journal (photo above) and now probably headed to the room to watch the final part of the documentary and go to bed.

Sorry for the lack of excitement today. There was a reported sighting of a humpback whale a little while ago from the front of the ship. We saw a big splash a little while ago off the stern while eating dinner…can I say I saw a whale?

Tomorrow-Cadiz, Spain

MAY Dayra

Posting this on Tuesday morning from the Viking Sky’s Living Room where I’m having the late breakfast shown above. OMG, what I thought was a sticky bun is instead a really delicious not too sweet soft as heaven roll with pistachios and some fruit (apples maybe?). I will be back for another before Saturday!

Yesterday we were in Madeira which we quickly learned we were mispronouncing. The correct version is the title of this post.

It was great to be on land after eight days of rolling (FYI, we are back to rolling this morning though less so than before MAY DAYra under grey skies with cooler temperatures. Layers are our friend. Madeira is a Portuguese island off of Africa (find it on a map Jack!) and we landed at its capital Funchal. The island was formed by volcanoes and is very steep.

As you can see it typically has clouds at the higher elevations. Unfortunately these kept us from being able to enjoy the glass floored observation viewing point we visited during the included tour. Hopefully when we are back in November on our return to the states we will be able to see this high cliff that drops straight down to the Atlantic with our own eyes and not via our friend Google where I got this picture.

We did see with our own eyes the beautiful municipal garden, center city and the cathedral in Funchal. While beautiful the mosaic paved streets were slippery!

During the tour we also visited a little fishing village where in a little bar we got to taste Poncha (a punch made of dark and light run, honey and orange and lemon juice) which was tasty. In addition to peanuts, it was served with a snack made of a relative of the garbanzo bean. They had been cooked and soaked in a liquid with garlic. They were tasty too!

We returned to the ship and enjoyed the sailaway from the stern.

No food shots of dinner last night, while not bad, not worth sharing either-Mike said the tuna at the pool grill was better than what he was served and the lamb shank I had needed something, a sauce perhaps. After dinner, the acappella group from UVA that has done 15 minute shows in the Living Room did a full show in the theater. They have been a great addition to the cruise!In place of food porn, here are shots of us trying on what apparently are the native’s chapeau. Thankfully we did not find the costumes in our sizes.

Full Day.

Actually made it to breakfast this morning! Yay for us!

I stayed on deck to drink coffee while Mike walked. I then did my two miles while he hung out on the balcony. As you can see we are still rolling! Some of the troughs appear to be higher than than second deck where the promenade / walking track is located The video above was taken from our room which is one deck higher.

After I had finished we had lunch from the poolside grill. Above is my grilled tuna with beet salad, black bean salad and shredded cabbage with bacon and cardamom (meh). How healthy!

While Mike returned to the room to check on finances (and methinks a nap) I laid by the pool. It was a lovely day, mid 70s, sunny and windy. To keep up with him I had double lobsters too…except mine were of the liquid variety-a tropical drink called a rock lobster.

For dinner this evening we ate again in the Chef’s Table. This time the menu is a historic journey through time. We shared a table with a couple from Houston and another from the south of England. Enjoyable conversation and a tasty meal. With the exception of the amuse which was just ok, I thought the other courses were quite good.

Tomorrow we see land for the first time in eight days! We are scheduled to be in Funchal, Madeira before 8 am. Hopefully the two fellow CruiseCritics who missed the ship in San Juan and then again in Sint Maarten will be boarding. They arrived in Funchal yesterday and I am sure will be happy to finally be caught up!

Here’s dinner tonight:

Amuse-cucumber mousse with foam

Oxtail

Oxtail Consume’ after they poured in the consume’

Granita (tasty this time!)

Lamb (well at least three morsels-we all thought another morsel or two would have been welcome)

Chocolate and Nut bar with pistachio gelato

Green Flash.

This is a picture I found online (since I wasn’t going to chance missing seeing it with my own eyes while fumbling with the camera)

Several have asked so this is what my friend Mr Google says:

The finale of every sunset is green. Try to catch it, if you can. The story of the so-called green flash begins by answering this question: Why is the sky blue?

Sunlight contains every visible color, each with its own wavelength. Light travels as ripples, with crests and valleys; wavelength is the distance between the crests. The shorter the wavelength, the steeper the ripples. Of the three primary visual colors—blue, red, and green—blue has the shortest wavelength, and red the longest. As sunlight hits Earth, blue light’s steep waves cause particles in the air to scatter it almost totally, turning our skies cerulean. The leftovers combine to create the sun’s yellow glow.

At sunset, colors fade at varying rates. Just before the sun vanishes, the red light’s shallower ripple causes it to shoot overhead and miss your eyes. Green, with its steeper wavelength, remains the sole color survivor, if only for a second.

The green flash may happen every evening, but it’s hard to spot. Atmospheric conditions, like moisture and pollution, can warp and deflect the verdant tone before it reaches our eyes. A clear coastal night is typically your best chance.

This article originally appeared in the Extreme Weather issue of Popular Science.

When just one isn’t enough!i

Lovely day today. Still didn’t make it to breakfast but did enjoy a coffee and muffin in the atrium (while Sir Michael slept) with a fellow CruiseCritic from Victoria.

After his majesty deigned us with his presence, it was almost lunch time so we had our usual salads (no ice cream today-you’ll see why in a minute) and then started our walk. As posted earlier I was striving for 2 miles and made it. Of course Mike had to show off and do over three!

We then took a plunge, showered and changed clothes to go to Tea!

I had Lemon Black (wasn’t very so asked for a slice of lemon). Mike had Hopalong Cassidy (whatever 😂) which was very interesting. We were sitting and I kept getting a whiff of smoke-like Killen’s BBQ. Turns out it was his tea!

It was lovely. This is held everyday but this was my first time-naps have interfered before. The sandwiches and pastries were all fine but nothing special (well except for the double decker one-it was chicken salad that tasted like it came from Midtown Market in Danville-my fab) but the scones were delish. So much so I had two! Now you know why no ice cream!

After tea we headed to the atrium to catch another performance by the UVA boys along with a cocktail of course.

Then we went to the buffet and had our drinks, a bit of sushi and a glorious sunset. Here’s the best part-after all the years of trying, we finally saw the green flash!!!! YeeHaw. Life is now complete.

We then headed to the Restaurant for dinner. Not to be outdone by my double scones, Mike had doubles too.

It really wasn’t his fault. We were sharing a table with a couple from Pittsburg (cruising in celebrating their 50th Anniversary) and both Mike and Pittsburgh Mike ordered lobster. After they were both about half done, the waiter shows up with two more which apparently had been accidentally made. The waiter asked if they each wanted one or wanted to share one of these spares. Danville Mike said share, Pittsburgh Mike said I’ll take another so both Mike’s ended up with two! And these weren’t the 4 ounce tails we used to buy at Kroger for special occasions. These were full on (1.5 pound? ) whole lobsters, split and broiled

Here is a photo of his first one:

My Mike couldn’t eat much more than half of Lobster #2 so I helped him eat a part of it. Pittsburgh Mike ate both of his. Needless to say, Mike canceled his dessert order!

Off to bed, damn clock moves ahead again so suddenly it’s midnight and we have promised ourselves (again) that we are gonna get up for breakfast.

Karen, below is your fix for today:

Coquilles St. Jacque (Scallops with mushrooms and cheese) delish!

My short ribs over polenta with beetroot and marscapone. On any other night this would have been the winner but nothing can compete with double lobsters!