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28th October, 2012



A chill north wind blew overnight, clearing the sky of cloud, so the following morning dawned crystal clear. But it was distinctly chilly docking in Cartagena (the ‘g’ sounds like an ‘h’), and unfortunately it was in the container port, as a very large American cruise vessel was arriving an hour later into the dedicated cruise berth. That wasn’t a problem though as the port authority put on four shuttle busses to take passengers on the five minute ride to the town centre. In the meantime the tours went off to drive around Murcia, La Manga and Cabo de Palos.

After our regular ‘Board of Trade Sports’ a few of us met up in a now favourite Tapas place where the owner, not a young man, is very enthusiastic to say the least. His English is about as good as my Spanish so there was quite a bit of hands and arm waving which was all very amusing.


The restaurant is a short way off the main shopping street and consequently rarely found by tourists, which was particularly satisfying considering there were around 4000 coming off the new arrival.

Our decision proved to be a good one as by the time I ventured back into the sunshine of the main square it was particularly busy, every cafe chair had been taken and it all felt just a little too crowded for my liking.

We sailed a little later than expected, to ensure that planned maintenance down below had been completed satisfactorily. The ‘large one’ had already left so we had a clear run across the harbour and out into the night. The entertainment routine cranked up after dinner and I was in sufficient time to have a minor starring role in our very own version of ‘Call My Bluff’. Judging by the comments the following morning it was not by any means unappreciated.

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