Saturday, November 5, 2011

Days 10 & 11 - Sea Day & Tenerife

Somehow I fell behind on the blog.  Sorry if you’ve been looking for an update.  Backing up a few days, we had looked forward to a nice relaxing sea day.  HA!  As we sailed past Morocco, there was one activity after another and the whole day was booked up.  We had to get up early (for us) to attend the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle event.  Then Bruce worked for awhile, and before we knew it Happy Hour was upon us.  We went to a great show – the only person Elton John has approved to impersonate him.  He improvised on the piano and really put on a show.

Yesterday we were at the first of two stops in the Canary Islands – Tenerife.  A gorgeous rainbow greeted us as we came into the port.  It was misting a little, and big clouds hugged the mountain tops.  The Queen Mary 2 was already docked.

 Splendor of the Seas is here in dry dock.  The Voyager of the Seas joined us in port on her way to New Orleans.

We actually took a tour to see some pyramids that were supposed to be comparable to those in Chichén Itzá in Mexico, which we visited earlier this year.  What a disappointment!  They were NOTHING like Chichén Itzá.  I guess they found some similarities in the layout of the complex and in some of the artifacts, but that’s about as far as it goes.
You can see some “pyramids” with views of the city and the bay in the background.  Would you call THAT a pyramid?? 

Next they drove us up to the top of a mountain for what was supposed to be a nice view.  But it was too cloudy to see anything.  I noticed that there were several caves that appeared to be inhabited by local homeless people.  Apparently, some people loved their cave homes so much that they built fronts on them and stayed.  I caught one picture from the moving bus, so it’s not real sharply focused.  But if you look real close you’ll see the front door on the side of the mountain.
I loved their Opera House.  It reminds me of the Sydney Opera House, but with an extra bit of flair.

This island was ok, but not great.  Not really a place I’d want to come back to. Maybe if we had taken the beach tour instead we might have enjoyed it more.

Back on board, we had a lovely dinner at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants – Portofino’s.  OMG – first they brought out a basket of various breads (my weakness) that was so amazing.  Next we had appetizers.  Then for the entrée we had 3” thick filets that melted in our mouths.  Wow they were awesome!  For dessert the waiter brought us a sampler tray, even though we insisted that we were too full.  We tasted several yummy treats but couldn’t eat much of it.  After all that, we crashed!

It was a perfect ending to the day.  Stay tuned…

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