Postcard from Africa

Thursday 6 September 2018

Hello from Tangier, Morocco!

Today we rode a camel, visited the Casbah, the souk, and the Medina (where our marvelous guide Abdelmoghit El Jelili was born and raised).

We purchased spices from Africa and a bejeweled camel hand-made In the desert by Berbers. But we managed not to buy a magic carpet.

We drank mint tea and ate crepes overlooking the point where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic (that’s where the picture on the back was taken).

All in all we loved Tangier and its people. But now it’s time to cross the Strait of Gibraltar and head back to Spain to visit Malaga, Cartagena, and Ibiza.

Love to you all,

Postcard from the Beach

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Greetings from Portugal!

We’re in a seaside resort called Portimão. Not much to see here except beautiful beaches. September is high season but the beaches are so huge they don’t seem crowded.

The real reason we came here is for chicken piri piri. Mission accomplished. We’re at a beachside cafe that’s been here since 1976. And the piri piri is delicious!

Tomorrow our real adventure begins. We’re on the Road to Morocco!

Love to you all,

Postcard from the Cathedral

Seville, Spain

Tuesday 4 September 2018

Hello everybody from Seville Spain!

Yesterday was a sea day so we did nothing but lounge about. It was a perfect (non) Labor Day.

Today we traveled into Seville, about an hour and a half from the port of Cadiz, and saw the amazing Plaza de España and the Real Alcázar, the palace of the king of Spain (when he’s in town). The Alcázar dates back to the 13th century and combines Moorish and Gothic architecture with beautiful gardens and fountains and the most lovely detailed plaster work we’ve ever seen.

On the flipside Just a bit of the Seville Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the the world and truly awe inspiring. Tomorrow on to Portugal! Love to you all,

Postcard from the Whale

Valencia, Spain

Sunday 2 September 2018

Hi, all!

Just a quick note because the ship is about to sail and we’ll be out of cellular range until Tuesday.

Valencia is amazing – an undiscovered gem on the Mediterranean. This is where paella was invented but they make it with chicken not seafood.

Also home to an amazing group of buildings by Santiago Calatrava, the designer of the whale next to the 9-11 Memorial in New York. On the flip side is one the group. It looks like a giant eye in the sun.

We’re having a blast. Just had caviar service before dinner at the Thomas Keller restaurant on board. Next stop Cadiz!