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Reading, viewing, drooling....

 

i have been at a sewing retreat since Friday so just getting caught up on your adventures.  Despite some changes, all looks amazing!

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On 4/13/2019 at 1:03 PM, kazu said:

This ship does a nice job of it in the Crow’s Nest 🙂 

 

Every day is something different.  I’ll have to keep my eye out for the Spanish stuff for DH if we aren’t going.

 

After all it’s a long walk to the Crow’s Nest. 😉😉 😄 

Really, what, 50, may be 60 feet? If its over 100 feet, I'd really be surprised.🤩

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54 minutes ago, cat shepard said:

My burning question du jour - what makes a WC sexy?

 

Multi coloured toilet paper choices?  A fountain to wash your hands?

 

Not sure but it was clean 😉 

 

I might have another pic, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.  It’s past midnight here.  I’ll catch up more as 

Spanish Morocco (Ceuta ) is a short stop>

 

We had a long one today and heading down the strait.

 

Signing out from the coast of Cadiz - more catch up tomorrow.

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Thank you so much for including your pre-cruise experiences in your thread! You've convinced us we really need to go back to Europe and visit Portugal!

Safe travels!

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Linda was the CD on the South America cruise.  Are Erin and Alice still on as assistant cruise directors?

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On ‎4‎/‎13‎/‎2019 at 1:12 PM, Vict0riann said:

The appetizers are in the Ocean Bar for Happy Hour, too, also goldfish, if you ask for them...

And if Ana and Pleng are still serving in the Ocean Bar, please tell them "hi" from me (you can identify me as the lady who loved the goldfish at trivia☺️).

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2 hours ago, Scrapnana said:

Linda was the CD on the South America cruise.  Are Erin and Alice still on as assistant cruise directors?

 

One of the assistant cruise directors is Tomas.  (A man).  Erin is still on but haven’t seen Alice.

 

I erred the other day when I said the PG manager’s name.  It is Tudor, not Thomas.  Must have had the asst CD’s name in my head - stupid me.

 

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2 hours ago, Scrapnana said:

And if Ana and Pleng are still serving in the Ocean Bar, please tell them "hi" from me (you can identify me as the lady who loved the goldfish at trivia☺️).

I’ll keep my eye out.

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11 hours ago, drowelf said:

Really, what, 50, may be 60 feet? If its over 100 feet, I'd really be surprised.🤩

 

LOL.  that’s my line when I go into the Crow’s Nest.

 

The bartender laughed and offered to deliver 😄 😄😉 

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More beautiful tile work on these houses in Chiado.  Because the area is so hilly if there is an earthquake and the house at the top of the hill goes, it acts like a domino effect and brings all the other houses down.  This one has been fortified to help prevent that in the future.

 

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Beautiful little streets.

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This priest is our guide’s hero and and he is pleased they did a monument to him.  He helped save 100’s of indigenous children from slavery in Soputh America.  Yes, the Portuguese were in South America before Columbus was in North America.  It was a well kept secret and they brought back many slaves.

 

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Here is our dinner menu from last night.

 

WHY do hey have 3 things I like on the same night???  Grrr.

 

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And here is yesterday’s When and Where:

 

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Note the special petformance in the Showroom tonight?

 

Locals from the city of Cadiz to do Spanish ballet.

 

 

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Well, even though I am still on Portugal pics - LOL, (I am nearly done and will catch up with luck in a day)  we are in Ceuta Spain today.

 

The Spanish Morocco.

 

What a fabulous place.  Absolutely gorgeous.

 

Here is today’s When and Where:

 

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We are Cafe Teatro Cervantes and they have good wifi.

 

So, now for those who would like it, I present a musical interlude.

 

I’ve been trying to upload the Fado music for three days.

 

The videos are dark - it’s just the music you will experience.

 

I only did snippets of parts as I knew CC could only handle so many mb.

 

Here are the first 2:

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Just hit the arrow button and they should work:

 

More of the Fado music for you:

 

This is our 2nd time at Senor Fado and we were welcomed back with open arms.

 

They treat you like a guest in their home.  

 

Maria set up 2 tables of 6 one behind the other for our group which I thought was very nice.  

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Well, since I finally got the videos from Fado uploaded, here’s a few pics from the night for you all.

 

We always start out with some little appetizers, tastings:

 

 

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Here is our little group that went to Fado that night.  I was too close (and the room is small) so I had to take several pics to get everyone in properly.

 

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I forgot about the food porn when the food arrived.  There are two different offerings - a seafood type of stew and the typical Portuguese pork (it doesn’t taste like pork - delish)

 

They gave us one of each huge containers for each table.

 

This is George.  No one had the heart to eat George - LOL.

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As you can see by the dish, there wasn’t much left despite the huge serving.

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Time to do some more walking.

 

I hate to lose this fabulous wifi, but our little bite and drink break time is up.

 

I’ll be back later to finish Lisbon and then we can move on to our lovely ports we are visiting.

 

Having a fabulous time.

 

Have to find a place with wifi at 2 pm as DH was interviewed for television here in Ceuta.  (I think they were happy he spoke Spanish - LOL).

 

 

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First thank you for interrupting your fabulous time to share everything with us.

 

I can not even image the painstaking work required to put those beautiful tiles on the exterior of the house. Did your guide mentions what happens when one gets damaged? Is there a historic tile restorer in Lisbon?

 

The Fado music gives one a sense of experiencing the authentic Lisbon. How amazing. It appears as if the performer was sitting at your table.❤️

 

And kudos to Jose and his newly found fame! Hope someone asks him for his autograph.

 

Ann

 

p.s. On my last cruise - my amazing waiter Abdul would bring me a main entree and a “taste” of anything else I wanted to try. Not sure how HAL would charge for that now, but I had some pretty amazing meals on that cruise.  

 

And I never left anything on my plate. Good thing I walked a lot!

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23 minutes ago, cat shepard said:

First thank you for interrupting your fabulous time to share everything with us.

 

I can not even image the painstaking work required to put those beautiful tiles on the exterior of the house. Did your guide mentions what happens when one gets damaged? Is there a historic tile restorer in Lisbon?

 

Regarding the tiles - there are several different kinds.  There are the old mosaic ones, ceramic, then the ceramic made by machine not hand, and finally a kind that they stick on.

 

When it comes to the old mosaic ones (mostly what I was taking pics of), the tiles will last for 400-600 years!!!!  The ones manufactured by machine are usually good for 300 years and the ones they stick can fade over time and usually have to be replaced in 60 years at the latest.

 

They do have craftsmen that can repair if needed by the older ones rarely need it, amazingly enough.

 

23 minutes ago, cat shepard said:

 

The Fado music gives one a sense of experiencing the authentic Lisbon. How amazing. It appears as if the performer was sitting at your table.❤️

 

And kudos to Jose and his newly found fame! Hope someone asks him for his autograph.

 

Ann

 

The performer was right in front of our table.  I was at the end and I could literally reach out and touch them if I wanted, so I was very close.

 

Thanks on behalf of Jose.  We were surprised. They wanted to know where the ship had been and where we were going and how we liked Ceuta, etc.

 

I think she was VERY happy Jose spoke Spanish.  

23 minutes ago, cat shepard said:

p.s. On my last cruise - my amazing waiter Abdul would bring me a main entree and a “taste” of anything else I wanted to try. Not sure how HAL would charge for that now, but I had some pretty amazing meals on that cruise.  

 

And I never left anything on my plate. Good thing I walked a lot!

 

I’ve had “tastes” too 😉. In fact we got one to share last night - an appetizer.

 

We’re back on board the lovely Prinsendam.  All aboard is in 30 minutes so we thought we should be good 😉 

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Back on the Prinsendam = it takes longer for photos to upload.

 

Patience is a virtue so I guess I’m not very virtuous.

 

Still in Lisbon, sorry - but nearly done..  This is the thanks to the priest whose statue I showed earlier.

 

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This solder is part of the National Guard and one stands in front of their headquarters at all times!  The building is an important part of Lisbon’s history as this is where the Fascist headquarters were.  We were sitting in the very spot where the revolt took place and they were overthrown.  

 

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The people got a bit of revenge on them.  They blew out the windows of the building and then the square was loaded with all the poets, musicians, etc. Who had been banned by the Fascist regime and the Fascists were forced to listen to the music, poetry, etc. For a week before they were allowed out of the building.  

 

This is the building:

 

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Some views of the Baxia area of Lisbon.  You can see how hillly it is.

 

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And a closer up pic of the magnificent castle/fort - that’s where we were yesterday.  

 

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Dark or not, the music was fabulous !!!  Thanks so much for sharing the videos.

 

Smooth Sailing!  🙂🙂🙂

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Then we went to this amazing church.  The roof caved in during the great earthquake, so it is now a combination of a theatre and a museum.  It was sad to see how hard it was to read one of the few Jewish artifacts remaining.  Most have been lost.

 

 

 

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The church itself.  It hangs (literally) on a cliff.  Two Jewish cement masons found a way to support it when it was starting to fall apart and one part threatening to go down the clifff.

 

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If you look closely at the archway, you’ll see that it is not straight.  This is from the building cracking and nearly going.  The ledge on the floor - right hand side that is higher - that’s where it happened.  They could not get this section completely level despite all the ingenuity.

 

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Inside the museum - that part has been given a roof to preserve the antiquities.

 

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1 minute ago, ger_77 said:

Dark or not, the music was fabulous !!!  Thanks so much for sharing the videos.

 

Smooth Sailing!  🙂🙂🙂

 

Very glad you enjoyed it and that the uploads worked.

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