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

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!

As requested.

A follower of the blog requested photos of the ocean. Just took these from Deck 2 during the first mile if what I hope will be a two mile. So thanks for the excuse to sit on the aft and write (and take the picture above) for a minute!

Weather today is beautiful but windy and a little cooler. The swells continue to rock the ship from side to side. It seemed to be worse overnight than we have had since just after leaving San Juan. We noticed that there weren’t many folks up this morning so perhaps they were making up for sleep lost overnight.

It is difficult to get a picture that shows the ocean as it really is -they all seem to look the same but that certainly isn’t the case. It is constantly changing and so wonderful to gaze at endlessly.

Lazy Day.

So if one nap is good two is better right?

We actually got up early enough this morning for breakfast despite another hour being lost. We are now four hours ahead of eastern standard. We ate at Mamsen’s this morning which is a small food counter in the Explorer’s Lounge named after Viking’s Founders mother. They serve relatively small plates of Norwegian specialties. I elected to bypass both types of smoked fish and had the waffle with sour cream, fruit and brown goat cheese shown above. It was tasty but I think I’ll stick with bacon and syrup next time with my waffle. Mike liked it because it wasn’t sweet.

We returned to the room with the intent of putting on our tenni-pumps and taking our walk. Alas, the weather has continued to cool so I found myself reading on the balcony enjoying the sound of the ocean while Mike did his Spanish lesson. Next thing I knew, I was laying on the bed reading and listening through the open door to the ocean and then it seems the ocean got to hear the sounds of me snoring.

I woke in time for lunch (see how I did that?) which we enjoyed outdoors. Salad and a few nibbles from the buffet …and a taste of the praline ice cream.

Afternoon somehow became a repeat of the morning. Except this time we both napped. All you silly people still working don’t know what you’re missing! 2 naps will be my new sign of a great day!

Anyway we awoke in time to get our walk in, take showers and make it to Manfredi’s for dinner with 10 other CruiseCritics in the restaurant’s Private dining room. It was fun to spend time with folks we had been “chatting” with online for several months.

The table in the room is incredible. It’s a single slice of a sequoia!

Below are some photos from dinner of dishes that weren’t in a previous post. The dinner was very good but the conversation as camaraderie even better.

Mussels in a saffron and crab cream sauce-delicious!

Insalada Caprese

Duck

Pasta with mussels in a lobster stock

Seared sea bass

Chocolate bar dessert