10.12.2010 - 10.12.2010
Day 86 Friday 10 December - “Cruise Day 27 – Malaga”
Our last port visit before we return to Barcelona and we head home. Malaga would have looked much more spectacular if the sun had been able to break through. Despite the heavy overcast we went ashore and wandered the very clean streets.
We visited the Santa Maria Cathedral, the most significant of at least five churches in the down-town area. Once again we were impressed by the scale and grandeur of the decorations, carvings and paintings. The size and opulence of the churches we've visited makes me wonder where all that money to build them has come from.
We strolled through narrow lanes and discovered many squares paved in marble and surrounded by many cafes, restaurants and speciality shops. In one area we observed a demolition in progress with an elaborate structure in place to preserve the facades. It must have added enormously to the cost of the project.
Largely by chance we came up a fresh food market comprising three sections, meat of any and all varieties, fish and seafood of many forms and a section devoted to fruit, vegetables and preserves. It was crowded but immaculately clean and well organised. Some of the produce on sale was outside my knowledge or imagination.
After about three hours we found our way to the bus stop and we returned to the ship. Nothing much happened during the afternoon but we attended the “Elements” show in the Stardust. We saw this at the end of our first week and it was just as spectacular three weeks later.
Tomorrow is a “Sea Day” and then we'll be in Barcelona. In all we've visited 15 unique ports in eight countries. We will have sailed a total of 7,761 nautical miles. Many fond memories.