Day 102 – Sun., Apr. 17, 2011 – Cadiz, Spain

     After departing Cartagena we followed the coast of Spain towards the Strait of Gibraltar which was transited early this morning.  After clearing the traffic scheme we headed for the Cadiz pilot station.  Cadiz is a coastal city in southwestern Spain in the region of Andalusia and the capital of the province of Cadiz. 

     We decided to take the Hop-On-Hop-Off or HOHO bus as it is Palm Sunday and there would be processions later in the day.  We had to wait for 3 busses as everyone had the same idea.  We got about half-

IMG_1646 IMG_1658 IMG_1671IMG_1674   way around the city and were told that everything would close around 2 pm to get ready for the procession.  We got off at the Cathedral, did some shopping and ordered a pizza.  It wasn’t Italy, but it was okay.  We started walking and ended up back by the port.  We got back on the HOHO hoping to get a photo of a beautiful sand castle we passed earlier, but it shortened its route because of the procession.  We got off at the Carmen Church to watch the procession.  It was near a Metro station and the crowds just kept coming.

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It was quite interesting.  The statues that about 40 to 50 men carried had to weigh about 2,000 pounds.  We then walked back to the ship as the HOHO stopped running. 

     After dinner there was a one show only of local artists dancing the Flamenco.   IMG_1758

“Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.” –Earl Grey Stevens-

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