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14th April, 2014


We passed through the Straits of Gibraltar in the early evening of Sunday, having had a sunny passage down from Lisbon. The impressive mountains near Ceuta were clearly visible to starboard, but the other Pillar of Hercules was over seven miles away, just a shadow above the almost invisible horizon.

After a starry night and a colourful twilight we headed into the Spanish port of Almeria, my first time. Despite a challenging docking all was well and passengers were soon off on tour. The four wheel drive experience was a complete success while my wife reported back that ‘Flamenco, the sound of Andalusia’ was a particularly impressive show. She did assure me that she had not taken the complementary glass of sherry so I have no reason to believe her opinion was influenced by anything except her own dancing background. On board, after crew drill, I met two folks representing the port authority in order to exchange plaques celebrating our first call, and who seemed very pleased to see us.

We managed to take a stroll for an hour, into the nearby main part of the town, and although it must have been siesta time, there was still plenty of activity. The weather stayed fine during the afternoon and we sailed on schedule at 4:00pm, the reason being a fast sea passage ahead of us as we proceed to another continent.

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