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And then back into Spain …

September 9, 2009

We left Vilamoura about 9am and had a good trip to Cadiz arriving early Friday morning.  J promptly fell asleep at the chart table & then, when woken, explained that she’d not slept much during the night & promptly disappeared to sleep the morning away! 

J catching upon her beauty sleep during berthing operations at Cadiz

J catching upon her beauty sleep during berthing operations at Cadiz

After lunch we walked along the city walls & into the city.  We liked Cadiz.  The buildings were attractive and in a reasonable state of repair.  The tall buildings and narrow streets meant that for most part it was possible to stay in the shade to avoid the intense heat.  Sadly the glory of the cathedral was marred by hordings celebrating the 125th anniversary of some bank or other & made it impossible to capture a photograph for your benefit.  However we hope those photos we have included help to give an idea of the place to those who have never visited the city.  J got bolshie when asked to purchase a ticket to see inside the cathedral so we did not bother to venture in.  The view from the tower would probably have been impressive but none of us could face climbing lots of stairs in the heat of the day in order to see it. 

A nice old building in Cadiz

A nice old building in Cadiz

Another attractive old building in Cadiz

Another attractive old building in Cadiz

 

We had a fairly awful paella (choosing a restaurant is so luck of the draw,) before retiring early to bed in readiness for an early start to Gibraltar in the morning…

Cabo Trafalgar - no sign of Nelson

Cabo Trafalgar - no sign of Nelson

The best laid plans etc.  Wind and current conspired against us as we proceeded south and shortly after rounding the Cape of Trafalgar, the decision was taken that we should retreat to a safe harbour. 

 

We had taken longer than predicted to reach this point and were getting nowhere fast against a Force 6 easterly wind and strong current.  There was no way to cover enough ground in time make the tide to take us through the Straits of Gibraltar and so we turned into the marina at Barbate, about 30 Nm west of Gibraltar, to wait for more favourable conditions…

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One comment

  1. So, helped by angels, eh? Raphael with a pump… It’ll be Gabriel with telecoms support next!
    xxx



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