Thursday, January 26, 2017

Some Merry Widows on Board
Christmas night -  the good part of the evening when we choose our wines and decide what we are going to eat.  We had the same two waiters and I became Mam Pat so have lost my previous  title.  The boys were very efficient and always charming.  My dinner companions were five widows - all totally different but excellent company and it was fun to let one's hair down.  Breakfast and lunch were also very enjoyable with two bachelors, a married couple and anyone who cared to join us.  I found it was relaxing always to use the same restaurant.  You are given a restaurant where you eat each night - you choose either first or second dinner and keep to it throughout but then you have 3 or 4 other places to eat the rest of the day.  You can eat throughout the day -some people do -  but I find sticking to three meals a day and sticking to my normal diet - their porridge is yummy - helps weight control.

A disappointment was that both at Puerto del Rosario and La Gomera the pilot declared the swell was too great to dock.  So that meant two extra days at sea. There was some mal de mer and a few empty seats at dinner.  I was thankful for the legacy from my sailing days.

Safely in the Canaries we went ashore and found a church which was quite normal outside
 but inside was so dazzling  I became emotional and was about to have a' moment.'

 Then over the tannoy came
'Yeah, you better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town.'
And I collapsed in fits of laughter.
 A nice bit of Gothic
 and a nice chap whose name I didn't discover.
 A Garden where we were served sweet little cakes and juice - or was it wine?

 Back to my haven.
Tea, coffee and more hanging space and drawers than I can use. 


SDC said...

Beautiful part of the world. I just got back from the Azores, not far from where you were. Morocco has been on my wish list for quite a while. From your post, it seems relatively peaceful still. You seem to find the nicest people on your cruises as well :o)

Pat said...

SDC I've always wanted visit the Azores as it always seemed to be mentioned in exciting sea faring true stories I used to read.
I tend to find it easier to write about the nice people rather than the very few not very nice people I come across.

angryparsnip said...

What a lovely trip (except for the swells one day) and the room is wonderful.
How interesting you have a chance to eat with different people.
The day trips look lovely and sunny. Was it very cold and rainy when you got back home ?

cheers, parsnip

Exile on Pain Street said...

That's a fantastic stateroom! I would not lament extra days underway. How about turning that camera around once in a while?

Kim Ayres said...

Glad you enjoyed your cruise. I see you have a twin room - were you sharing?

Granny Annie said...

I have only been on one cruise and it was with family. Sometimes you inspire me to go on another cruise. Love all the photos. Did you have your cabin all to yourself? It looks suited for two.

Pat said...

Parsnip: the house was warm - my housekeeper had been coming in as usual and I donned winter woolies as soon as I got home but the temperature is up and down like a yo-yo.

Exile: the technical term is 'superior outside cabin' - sole occupancy. It's what I have always had and it suits me. I have got a coupe of photos but my scanner is playing up so have to wait for the French son next week.

Ms Scarlet said...

I don't get sea sick either - which I only discovered when I went on a cruise, I felt like I was in the minority. I enjoyed the rough seas - cheaper than a couple of vodkas for a similar effect!
I'm pleased you had a good time!

Mage said...

Really nice...thank you.

Pat said...

mage: my pleasure. :-)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

I'm beginning to feel a lot better now after these photos, thank you, Pat.

These plants are much like ours, it's funny, seeing them through your eyes, they look exotic, beautiful.

I was talking to a friend the other day, how much I'd like to live on a Caribbean island again. A small, quiet one.

Pat said...

Neena: glad the photos make you feel better. It makes it worth while.

So far I have avoided a cruise to the Carribean because it usually involves a flight.

AndrewM said...

That bloke looks a bit like Old Tom Morris. It's rare to see him without a cap. I expect the books were to do with golf.

Pat said...

AndrewM: I must check your link. I would have said cricket but you're usually right.

Pat said...

AndrewM: he does look just like him.

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm always impressed with how nice your cabin looks. Somehow I picture some narrow little cramped space, that looks a bit basic, but yours certainly isn't!

Churches can be very emotional places, sometimes for all the wrong reasons!

Pat said...

Joey:the cabin is a compromise. I could save money by having an inside cabin with no window or an outside with just a porthole. It is a Double cabin but I don't go so far as a balcony.