wednesday , april 18 , cadiz/spain
ship's log :
- 6:30 am - port pilot aboard
- 8:00 am - safely docked
- 5:15 pm - unmoored
today we are arriving in cadiz and will visit the city of jerez ,
a tour of the sherry producer gonzales byass (tio pepe sherry)
and lunch (plenty of refreshments , we've been assured
) at the winery are part of the tour
after an interesting tour through cadiz , we drive out to jerez where we are being welcomed by tio pepe himself
this way please - we just follow the smell of the sherry
even the slower tourists are suddenly picking up their pace
one of the beautiful old churches across the winery ,
people seemed to be more interested in visiting tio pepe rather than the church
there seems to be plenty of sherry for everyone
a beautiful mosaic showing the wine growing regions
plenty of warehouses to store the sherry
i'm always intrigued by the beautiful stonework - even though it's a little difficult to walk on (particularly AFTER the sherry tasting
after arriving back in cadiz , we left the tour and walked around the beautiful city on our own
watched the street musicians - the second fellow took up a collection and most people responded generously - it was just a great afternoon
after finishing our coffee and mineralwater , set off for another little walk through old cadiz
mrs h decides that it's nice to visit here ... but home is calling
another farewell dinner ... much waving of napkins , handshakes , hugging ... tomorrow night we'll have to cook and serve dinner ourselves if we want to eat
one more look at the dining room entrance ... our fourth cruise on the ms. rotterdam is coming to an end ...
at the entrance to the dining room : a model of the old ss. rotterdam (now retired) on which we made two cruises , a great old lady , a true oceanliner
the suitcases are tagged and packed ... we'll be leaving the rotterdam at 8 am in lisbon/portugal tomorrow morning , april 20 ...
should arrive back home by late evening ( turned out to be 2 am friday - but no luggage was lost !) .
btw i took a pix of all our luggage in case a piece should go missing , might help in later identification
thanks for coming along !
we thorougly enjoyed our trip - with highs and some lows -
hope you had some fun coming along !
the ms. ROTTERDAM , our home for thirty-three days