We arrived in our second European port very early. The meet-up for our excursion was also early - 8:30am in Rockin' Bar D. We chose a tour called "A Taste of Cadiz and Jerez." We boarded a bus for a tour of the city - both the old city of Cadiz and the newer part. Then we took the 40 minute drive to nearby Jerez where we learned about the bodegas (warehouse storage for the oak casks aging the sherry), toured Gonzalez Byass winery, and sampled their sherry.
One thing I found really interesting is that the streets are very narrow, but yet when we turned into the winery, it was huge! Many, many buildings storing the oak wine casks. You might notice a photo of cobwebs and spiders. (Eww, Mike took that one.) Spiders are their friends because they eat all of the other insects and termites ...and they were everywhere and they were big!
In another photo you will notice a mouse drinking sherry. As a matter of tradition, in this one particular bodega, they feed the mice tapas and sherry. Because of this, the mice defend their territory keeping all other mice out. All of the other bodegas are kept mouse-free. (Eww, Mike took that photo, too.)
Did you know how sherry got its name? Some Arabs visited the area several hundred years ago and they pronounced Jerez (pronounced "herethz") as "sherry". Since then the wine has been commonly called sherry!
When we returned to the ship, we grabbed a quick bite of lunch. The weather was absolutely gorgeous!!! This time I not only got in my swimsuit, I went in the pool. It felt so good. Michael did his usual - cigar, tequila, kindle ...finishing his 3rd book of the trip.
After a warm and relaxing afternoon, we had dinner at Palo's again. Interestingly, the restaurant was nearly empty! I guess a lot of folks chose to stay in Cadiz until the all-aboard at 10:30pm. We had another lovely meal sampling different appetizers and several pastas.
We thought we would go to the movie after dinner, but decided we were much too sleepy especially with another early tour in the morning.
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