Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Alicante and Malaga

Yesterday we were in Alicante and the weather was not very good. In fact
it stunk. At about 11:00 AM the sun was out and it was about 64 degrees
so we decided to go out and take the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus and go around
the city. We were sitting on top until the fortress on the top of the
city when the heavens opened. And it rained . . . and it rained . . .
and it rained. We went down below under cover and sat there until the
bus got back to the ship. So, the only "Hop-Off" we did was to hop off
back at the ship.

Today we are in Malaga - a port city that we have never stopped at
before. After breakfast and a round of trivia (and didn't do well) we
took a bus into the center of the city. Spent quite a bit of time in the
Malaga Cathedral and then went on the the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba
- an old Muslim fortress. (I generally like to include one photo with a
post but the internet service on this ship is too slow.)

Tomorrow was originally scheduled to be a day at sea followed by a stop
at Funchal, Madeira on Thursday. However, Thursday is scheduled to be a
national strike for all of Portugal (including Madiera) so tomorrow we
are going to stop in Gibraltar, followed by a day at sea and then stop
at Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Actually I would much prefer
Gibraltar over Funchal for two reasons. (1) We were there in March of
this year and (2) on the previous stop in Gibraltar Nancy did not feel
well and she did not see the Barbary Apes on top of the rock. (The
Barbary Apes are not really apes, but are monkeys. They are though from
Barbary.)

That's it for now.

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