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6th October, 2012



The seas remained calm and we arrived off Cartagena on schedule just before lunch time, there was not a breath of wind. The pilot suggested we could increase speed up to ten knots, I suggested not such a good idea as, with only two miles to go, I said I didn’t want to end up in Madrid. He laughed so much I thought his teeth might pop out. Nice chap though, after the docking he suggested a very good tapas place where we could sample the local Spanish cuisine.

Behind us was a German cruise ship, which may have been particularly appropriate as there was a rally of old Mercedes Benz cars that had parked, very uniformly of course, just before the main street.


The sun positively radiated off the marble pavement that ran all the way, past the ornate town hall, as a pedestrianised walkway to the main shopping street. Numerous cafes and bars had their chairs and tables outside, but the majority of shops were closed for the few hours of siesta, except that was, the shoe shops. Why they should have been exempt from that particular Spanish tradition I don’t know.

The German ship left in the early evening, while we waited for the returning tour that had visited the province of Murcia and the main cathedral with its Baroque facade. The sea breeze had developed and a stiff wind was pinning the ship to the dock, but with one tug and our powerful bow thruster, sailing was not a drama. The pilot advised me, however, that if in the future we should need a tug, we might as well order two as the cost was the same whether we used one or four. How very odd. The Straights beckoned.

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