The painting was from the 1700's as was the sculpture, works of art in their own right.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
We spent about four days in Cadiz waiting for the winds to turn from easterlies to westerlies, that all there is in the Strait of Gibraltar, it doesn't ever blow north or south , just in or out. The first two days we did not do any sight seeing we just watched Olympics. We found some tavernas that would put up with our slow drinking so we could watch TV. They did not ever try to give us the bum's rush and were more than willing to change the channel when we wanted. We watched a lot of stuff we probably normally wouldn't have, for examlple, Spanish women's basketball, and Spanish women's badminton, we also saw endless replays of a male Spanish kayaker winning the gold medal in the 200m. sprint, we enjoyed watching the men's tennis where Raphael Nadal was featured in doubles, then singles, I was routing for him to go for gold, then bronze in the singles. It ha been very hot so we drank beer throughout the afternoon and evening while glued to the TV.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Possible Post Sailing Careers
Barry and I have been watching a lot of Olympics and have come up with two possible post sailing career choices for us. Barry thinks he could handle the job of the guy driving the electric bicycle in front of the individual pursuit in cycling. The althetes had to follow the bicycle around the track at least 4 or 5 times before they raced three laps. It would be a highly skilled job because they seemed to go faster each time they went around. You would need to be alert, drive on the line, and constantly monitor your speed, something Barry would be great at,
I, myself thought there may be a future for me in the sculls holding job. These people lie flat on their stomach's in a very skinny dock and hold the rowers before they take off on the race, I think I could qualify and excel at that job, I am thin enough to fit on the board, I have good balance, I have some upper body strength so I could hold on to the scull and my reactions are quick enough I could let go in time so I would not impede my competitor.
Yup, I definitely think these are possibly career choices!
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Seville is a beautiful city, with interesting well kept buildings from the past, fountains in the squares and massive cathedrals that defy description. We spent three days visiting and could have easily spent another week wandering through the narrow streets and enjoying good food, sitting outdoors revelling in the fine weather.
Barry's hip has been bothering him so he did not want to go into town the next day, so I set out on the bus to see this building I was interested in.
Friday, August 12, 2016
We decided to stay at a marina, it just happened to be close to where Columbus departed from. I was unable to find much info on directions etc. on the Internet. With much trepidation we set out to find the location of replica's of the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria.
The next day we headed down the coast and went up the Quadalquivir River to the city of Seville. It was not as nice a trip as up the Quadiana because it is really flat the whole way up.
There are lots of fishing boats anchored in the river.
Sunday, August 07, 2016
The south coast of Portugal is all about beaches. There are miles and miles of them and the tourists flock from all over Europe to laze about on them, prices are reasonable and most people in the tourist industry speak a lot of English.
We decided to go up the river that is the border between Portugal and Spain. The first obstacle is a suspension bridge.
It was a very hilly dry countryside as we motored up the river.
We anchored at the bottom of the Rio Guadiana and went ashore in search of some fresh meat and veggies in Ayamonte, Spain . This statue on a balcony caught Barry's eye.
Monday, August 01, 2016
These lovely cliffs were the scene that welcomed us as we rounded the western tip of Portugal and headed for the marina. The European prices at the marina ensured that we only stayed one night. We piled a lot into our first day in Europe, we hosed down the boat and cleaned up inside, did some grocery shopping, did the laundry, visited the chandlery, had a long blissful very hot shower and hit the hay to the accompianmnet of the band ashore.
I dragged Barry out for a walk after supper. I had the early shift the night before we arrived so he slept from 7:30 to 10:30 P.M. and then he did not wake me up until 0400 and then we were within 10 miles of our destination so he did not want to go to sleep, so he been awake since 10:30 the night before, what a guy, walking with his wife after his evening meal!!
Barry said as we were walking down these streets that he felt like he was in a Jason Bourne movie. The narrow streets with tall connected buildings made us feel that we could have been anywhere in Europe.This great example of interesting architecture just needs some tender loving care to restore itself t it's former glory. The small balconies with the wroght iron railings and the unusual facings around the fourth story windows drew my eye.
This fully restored building just across the street offered hope that the first building might someday be looked after.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
We have been climbing every hill and mountain we have been able to get too. This first picture is of Horta from the west and the other from the east. As you can tell it is a very long bay with all the sailboats at one end and the ferry terminal at the other.
Those are two shots of Pico mountain. We took a ferry over a couple of days ago and climbed up. It is the highest mountain in Portugal at 2351m. but we started climbing about halfway up the slope. It was a gorgeous day on the mountain, but down below everything was covered in clouds. It was an interesting sensation to think we were above the clouds. It looked as if you could jump on to the clouds and just laze about on them, as if they would hold you up.
It was a tough climb and I am going to treasure the certificate we got at the bottom to signify we climbed Pico mountain. If you check out the footing you will see that there is a lot of twirly lava flow to contend with. The climb down was very treacherous because of the uncertain footing and the fact that the muscles in our legs were rebelling with overuse. It took be over 45 minutes to inch my way down the last bit and Barry missed his footing twice ending up with a very grass stained shirt and shorts the first time but was fortunately unhurt. Three days later and are legs are just starting to feel normal again. I guess if we want to do that again we will have to take long walks up hills on a regular basis!