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25th April, 2018

Well another glorious sunny morning dawned as we approached the Bay of Vigo from the ‘Canal del Sur’ (the southern entrance). Once in the shelter of the bay we embarked our pilot upon the final approaches to our berth, which was conveniently located right next to the town of Vigo. All fast just after breakfast at 09:00, many of our passengers were eager to head ashore and explore.

Tours were particularly popular today, heading further afield to beautiful spots including Santiago de Compostela – the capital of Spain’s Galicia region. The cathedral here, supposedly built on top of biblical apostle St James, (poor chap) is indeed a stunning building. The old town is also a lovely place to walk around, with elaborately carved stone facades opening into grand plazas within the medieval walls of the original city. For those not so interested in visiting the crumbled and somewhat squashed remains of St James, food and drink is another highlight of this region. Original tapas is very popular in town, with the locally caught fresh seafood being the real speciality.

Sunshine prevailed throughout the day, although the wind increased quite significantly which perhaps resulted in some sunhats without string neck straps going astray. Even the locals fell foul of the afternoon breeze – with the pilot’s cat flying off as he stepped from our ship to his little boat after we departed.

The evening was spent in true Saga style, with eating and drinking being a highlight, followed by a performance from rising star Celena Bridge with her La Scala to The Savoy. I confess that opera is not really my scene, so I opted to have a second course of curry made by our speciality Indian chef Tushar instead. Delicious.

Well, it’s Aviles in Asturias tomorrow…and I am due to nip off the ship for a few days to attend an old friend’s wedding in Ireland. Staff Captain Lambert will take the reins until my return in 5 days’ time, and I’m sure he will keep you up to speed with all the latest news & gossip from our lovely little ship. In the meantime, happy cruising and happy reading!

Captain Kim Tanner

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