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Old 08-16-2011, 06:35 PM   #151
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DAY 11 - May 24th, 2011 - Cadiz, Spain (Part 4)

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We made it! We were allowed time to explore this area, and then we would be able to go into a little restaurant for our complimentary refreshments. (We had to wait our turn for it to clear out because all the Disney excursions were stopping here for refreshments). Anyway, here’s the village “center”!















Look at the bird I captured unknowingly!:














The restaurant where we got our refreshments (cold drinks, and little appetizer-type foods):




View from patio area:






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DAY 11 - May 24th, 2011 - Cadiz, Spain (Part 5)

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Details of the restaurant:






Back outside in the “center”:






Two more of my FAVORITE pictures from the whole trip!:






Making our way back to the bus:














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DAY 11 - May 24th, 2011 - Cadiz, Spain (Part 6)

DAY 11 - May 24th, 2011 - Cadiz, Spain (Part 6)

Getting to the bus involved going down a HUGE staircase to the parking area. We all made it safe and sound and then we were on our way back to the ship. On the way back, we hit some traffic. I forgot to mention...this bus was narrower than what we’re familiar with in the United States. Also, it was a manual transmission! It was weird seeing the drift change gears, haha.

Pictures on the way back:


(Traffic light at scooter level!)




Royal Caribbean ship docked with us:




We arrived back at about 1:30 (15 minutes later than planned). We got on the ship, dropped off our stuff in our rooms, and then went up top for lunch! I then took pictures of Cadiz from the top of the ship:













After a quick lunch, we went to the Promenade Lounge to get on the Internet real quick and to take a picture of the dinner menu!



We sat around for about 10 minutes, and then James and I decided we wanted to head back out and see Cadiz! It was siesta time, which was a bummer, so no shopping for us. Looks like we would just go exploring! Mom and Dad were on the fence about going out, but ended up not joining us (which was fine because we walked. A LOT. A LOT, A LOT).

Stay tuned for our adventures in Cadiz and dinner!
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:53 PM   #154
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I am just loving your report. The pictures are amazing. Please keep going....since I will never be able to go on a 14 day curise I can have a great time reading all about yours.

I noticed in your signature line that you will be on the Dream on December 8th....it is such a small world my family will also be on the same cruise. DD (age 6) is so excited to go that she is counting down the days.
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The wind generators are so cool! There is a stretch of I-65 in northern Indiana where you can see those for miles (found that out on a drive up to Chicago this summer). And I can’t get over how blue the skies are…beautiful!

So, in the village center of your first stop, did you purposely take the picture of “Hercules”?

Are those orange trees in the village center of the last stop? Love the view from the restaurant! Nice picture window.

Looking forward to your Cadiz exploration!
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Loved all the old iron work, especially the street lamps, so cool! Can't wait to hear about your Cadiz walking adventure! Now that menu looks absolutely delicious, I hope it was
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i'm from andalusia so i know that they are orange trees, they are very common to find in the streets of our twons in the south of spain.....
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I am just loving your report. The pictures are amazing. Please keep going....since I will never be able to go on a 14 day curise I can have a great time reading all about yours.

I noticed in your signature line that you will be on the Dream on December 8th....it is such a small world my family will also be on the same cruise. DD (age 6) is so excited to go that she is counting down the days.
Thank you! I'm enjoying writing the report for everyone! We can't wait until the Dream cruise in December!

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The wind generators are so cool! There is a stretch of I-65 in northern Indiana where you can see those for miles (found that out on a drive up to Chicago this summer). And I can’t get over how blue the skies are…beautiful!

So, in the village center of your first stop, did you purposely take the picture of “Hercules”?

Are those orange trees in the village center of the last stop? Love the view from the restaurant! Nice picture window.

Looking forward to your Cadiz exploration!
Thank you for noticing that...I forgot to explain that picture! Yes, I purposely took that picture because of "Hercules". It's a double meaning for me...one, DISNEY! Two, I named my dog "Hercules Kuzco"!

That restaurant was pretty awesome...a nice refreshment break and a nice view!

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Loved all the old iron work, especially the street lamps, so cool! Can't wait to hear about your Cadiz walking adventure! Now that menu looks absolutely delicious, I hope it was
It definitely was cool! I was trying to capture as much as I could and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos with the iron work!
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I am loving your report and pictures. They are beautiful and show the flavor of the port you are visiting. Cant wait for more!!
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I am loving your report and pictures. They are beautiful and show the flavor of the port you are visiting. Cant wait for more!!
Thank you!


I'm working on the next update...it should be up by tonight!
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DAY 11 - May 24th, 2011 - Cadiz, Spain (Part 7)

DAY 11 - May 24th, 2011 - Cadiz, Spain (Part 7)

And so, at 2:30, James and I got off the ship to begin our adventures in Cadiz.



We had a couple of maps (that DCL provided): a general map, and then a walking guide with numerous maps and paths to take. We consider ourselves pretty smart guys with adequate map reading capabilities. Boy did this city makes us feel pretty stupid, haha! We had a REAL hard time starting our walking tour! We knew which walking tour we wanted to take, but we just couldn’t find our way on it! After a good 15-20 minutes, we decided to just forgo the map and walk around on our own. I don’t know what our problem was. Anyway, I’m just going to post pictures as I don’t quite remember what it what. After we got started walking around, we found colored marked paths on the ground that we would follow (that, SURPRISE, correlated to our walking tour map! Go figure...we’re SO smart). I will say that street names were not easily visible (or sometimes not given). Like I said in that last update, we walked A LOT. I just want to reiterate that statement. Picture time!















































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DAY 11 - May 24th, 2011 - Cadiz, Spain (Part 8)

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DAY 11 - May 24th, 2011 - Cadiz, Spain (Part 9)

DAY 11 - May 24th, 2011 - Cadiz, Spain (Part 9)

As we were approaching the gate to get back to the cruise ship area (about 2 hours after we left), we heard our names being yelled. Mom and Dad were across the street! They decided to try their luck and walk around the city. We gathered and informed them that it requires a GREAT deal of walking, and none of the shops were open. So, they turned around and got right back on the ship with us, haha!



At this point, it was about 4:15. We made our way to the Promenade Lounge and played some more Phase 10. At 5:00, James and I went to the lobby for a character gathering. We had crossed our fingers, hoping for special costumes for the characters. Sure enough, they made their way down the staircase in their Spanish attire! Hooray!











Daisy and Donald decided to have a “prom pose” photo session. LOVE IT!













After we saw the characters, we went back to the Promenade Lounge. They had just set out chips, salsa, and sour cream, so we grabbed a plate. Our server, Marianne, was walking by, so she said “hello.” We resumed our Phase 10 game and then all of a sudden Marianne returned asking if we wanted to eat at the first seating tonight! Apparently, only one of her tables showed up. We said, “sure! But, we’re not really dressed for dinner!” She assured us that we were dressed fine and then she went to double check to make sure we could actually eat at the first seating instead of our second seating. She returned quickly and at 6:15, we were entering Parrot Cay in our VERY casual attire. The restaurant wasn’t full at all, and people were dressed comparable to us, so we breathed a sigh of relief. It was incredibly weird eating that early and with the sun shining in the dining room! We’re used to it being around sunset or after when we eat!

Dinner menu:


Fruit cup:


Cheese souffle:


James’ snapper entree (he had two of those...one as an appetizer, and one as his meal):


Steak:


Chicken entree:


Dessert menu:


Pear and blackberry crumble:


Triple chocolate terrine:


Sundae:


At 7:45, we were leaving the restaurant and heading to our rooms to shower.



We put on some comfy clothes and went to the Promenade Lounge at 8:15 for some more game playing! While in the lounge, they had games going on. I just had to snap a picture of this...”The Disney Cruise Line The Feud”? How many times do we need, “the”?! Haha.



At about 11:00, snacks were set out! So, naturally, we got a plate. It was a nice selection of cheese, crackers, fruit, olives, kabobs, and pot stickers. I know Diversions was having a late night snack at this time, so James and I went over to check out their selection. It was exactly the same, haha. Oh well. Shortly after, we made our way back to our rooms. Tomorrow? GIBRALTAR! We were all excited for this port. I had arranged a taxi tour for 10:00. The weather wasn’t supposed to be too great though. They were calling for rain! NO! So, we filled out our room service card, asking for a 8:30-9:00 delivery, and went to sleep dreaming of those famous “Barbary apes” we would encounter on the Rock tomorrow!
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What great pictures! Excellent you were able to get around Cadiz without a map. And what luck your mom and dad saw you so you could forewarn them about the walking!

Sweet of Marianne to get you in for early seating. She sounds absolutely wonderful!

All those yummy snacks being set out throughout the day are making me hungry...
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Wonderful addition! What were those hooligans thinking, messing up my iron street lamps with shoes
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