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Sep 11, 2019 - Islands in the Sky

Sept.11/19 We've booked the extra day in Vigo specifically to take the little ferry out to the island archipelago Islas de Cíes for the day. These islands are are a protected national park and nature preserve of Galicia 45 minutes off shore by boat. One has to prebook permission to visit them as only a set number are allowed per day. They are noise-free,car and bikes are not allowed and you have to bring your own supplies and pack out all garbage. Weirdly though, as the boat docks,the announcer shouts something followed by "Rapido Rapido...

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Sep 10, 2019 - The bridge of fertility

Sept. 10/19 Leaving Baiona was sad, it was a fun spot, but looking forward to getting to Vigo where we'll spend an extra night(rest day!) and visit the Islas de Cíes. A walk somewhat unremarkable to start making our way out of the suburbs of a medium sized town, but a great panaderia and alimentaria along the way to pick up our picnic baguette and Galician cheese. We have the whole store, including the customers trying to help us find our Tucs crackers of choice for the backpacks- people are so great here. A little boy follows Doug around...

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May 9, 2018 - We’re cruising and grooving

Navigator of the Seas Sunday 6 May, Cruise Day 1 We were collected from our hotel in London and driven to Southampton where we boarded the cruise ship, Navigator of the Seas. Our first day onboard was mainly about familiarisation of the ship as it’s much bigger than we expected. Our suite is also huge with a walk in robe and great bathroom. The living area is a bit sparse but has everything we would need, even a kettle. We only got to one show on day 1, Kim Wilde, and boy was she great. Monday 7 May, Cruise Day 2 Pulling back the curtains...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Vigo, Spain

We arrived in Vigo, Spain about eight this morning. The ship docked right in the city, we were able to walk right outside to a huge shopping mall. We enjoyed shopping and had a snack at a local cafe. The marina in the area was beautiful, we also spotted what looked like three lighthouses in the area. I will have to do more research when I have WiFi to get the names of the lighthouses. I dig get some zoomed pictures of them to add later. We also saw something in the water that looked strange, we asked what it was an found out it was mussels...

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May 31, 2015 - Camino de Santiago

We continue to drive west generally following the French route of the Camino de Santiago. A couple of stops along the way included the towns of Astorga and O Cebreiro. Astorga’s main sights include a Gothic cathedral that is popular with the pilgrims and the Bishop’s Palace designed by Antonio Gaudi, Spain’s most famous architect. The very small village of O Cebreiro was reached by traveling up a steep and narrow mountain road. We felt kind of guilty as we passed by the pilgrims, loaded with backpacks, as they trudged up the same road. The...

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Oct 18, 2014 - the only stop

Although this cruise only includes one port stop, we managed to visit two countries today. Vigo is an up and coming city on the left shoulder of Spain if you look at a map. It was a great place to dock, because it had plenty of room for our behemoth ship and lots of interesting retail opportunities within easy walking distance. We were surprised when we arrived at 7:30am that it was pitch dark. Vigo is on the same time zone as the rest of Europe, but it really should not be, because sunrise was at 8:50. We traveled about half an hour to get...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Vigo, Spain

This morning we arrived in Vigo at 9:00 am. The whole group decided to join us today on a private tour. We met in the Piazza and all 7 of us exited the ship. On the Pier there was a local musician playing an instrument that looked like a bag pipe with a different sound. I need to find out what that was because we saw another later in the day. We located our guide, Purification Garcia Vila, on the pier and headed out. “Puri” as she likes to be called is a retired English teacher and has been a guide for many years. Our first stop was the...

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Aug 9, 2012 - Vigo, Spain and back to Portugal

We had breakfast in the room again and Fiona and Darcy took the children to the buffet. It was extremely misty as we sailed into Vigo. We anticipated a cool, damp day. We went down to the showroom and got our stickers for our tour. David and Dawn were there also, though they were going on a different tour. We were soon called and went outside to be told our bus had broken down and another was on its way. It soon came and we were on our way about 15 minutes late. The weather rapidly improved as we drove out of the mist and into the sunshine...

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Oct 6, 2011 - NW Spain - Camarinas to Vigo estuary

7 Oct: We were going to stay at Camarinas because we thought the wind would be too strong for us today/tomorrow, but as there is no wind forecast for Sunday and we didn’t want to be stuck here, we decided to go for it. The wind was behind us so it didn’t seem so strong and we really sped along at 7-9 knots with wind speeds of 18-20 knots, gusting to 27 knots at one point. We had reefed the mainsail but it was still hard work helming because of the swell. We were planning to go to a marina on the south side of the Vigo estuary, but because...

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Jun 5, 2007 - Day 5 - Vigo

Up early breakfasted and on our way. Tour guide on the bus never drew breath for the whole journey, but she was very informative. Did you know the French don't make Peugots nor Citereons in France? No. Well they are made in spain, in Vigo, and get this, they come off the same production line. So for you Peugot afficianados or Citreon lovers the same metal and mechanics spanners are used. The bus trip through the town and into the countryside is very scenic. I notice Tasmanian Blue Gums cover the hills, then the guide confirms this. In the...

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Nov 3, 2006 - Galicia, Spain

PORTUGAL TO SPAIN After a filling breakfast buffet at Pousada D. Diniz, we loaded up the van and drove to Spain. It took a quick 15 minutes, with no hassle. Because both countries are members of the European Union, there is no stopping at the border or showing passports like in the old days. Today, driving across EU borders is the same as driving from one American state to another. Of course, crossing countries is a lot cooler. GALICIA, SPAIN Galicia is a region in northwest Spain. The area includes 1,300 km (807 miles) of coastline, and...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

Oct 23, 2005 - J: Vigo

It appears that the Spanish get very serious about personal time. Every day at about 2:00pm the streets completely empty leaving the visitor to wonder where everyone is hiding. At 5:00pm or so everyone miraculously re-appears, shops open their doors (restaurants are still boarded shut until 8:30!) and the town bustles back to life for a few fierce hours of shopping before dinner. We quickly learned this morning that siesta time extends to include Sunday. As it happens there are only 2 trains a day into Portugal from Santiago (7:00am and...

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Skipping Stones

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