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Day 16 – at sea

I celebrated the best part of having a sea day and slept in this morning. After a restless night, it felt good. Even so, TBG slept in even more. It’s nice to have a day to relax after the insanity of the last few days. We had breakfast at the buffet and chatted with several of the other Cruise Critic folks.

Back down at the cabin, Rona was just finishing up as we returned, so we went onto the balcony to be out of her way. She came out to tell us she was done and saw me working on the applique for the second pillow. She was amazed at the whole process, so I explained it to her and showed her some of the projects I’ve done this past year. I’m nearly done with the Witch House, so I expect to start actually quilting in the next day or so.

It was such a lovely day, all blue skies and fair winds, we went for a nice walk on the track up on the tenth deck. I stopped first to take advantage of the tee shirt sale. Got two for $5.35 – not bad. It was hard to believe that we were both in shorts. We did our mile and then went down to the ninth deck to relax. The sun had started the fade as some clouds approached. I pointed to the horizon and said it looked like rain. Sure enough, we went back down to the cabin, read for a bit and then decided to head up to the buffet for an early lunch and it was pouring. I joked that we must have gone from Greek to Italian waters. :P

It poured all through lunch, Mexican today, and I give them high marks for their fajitas. They were great. We ordered drinks and TBG got something that was vodka, limoncello, sweet and sour, Triple Sec and cream. I got a strawberry margarita. Mine came and it was fine, but TBG’s was cream. When we said something, the bartender blew him off. He was not happy. TBG wasn’t rude or accusatory, but he was hurt by the indifference of the bartender. This was a first.

We returned to the room and had a bit of a nap. When I woke, it was blue skies and fluffy clouds again. Go figure. The afternoon was a bit busier. We had a wine tasting, this time in the main dining room and the place was packed. I wasn’t really impressed with most of the wines, but there was one that won me over, a Petite Syrah of all things – Spellbound of out… wait for it, Lodi, but, hey, I liked it before I knew that. I ordered a couple of glasses of it for dinner last night and will order a bottle for the last two nights aboard.

Anyhow, after that, Bruce and Judy came over for some guacamole and chips. They brought the last bottle of Prosecco from the party and we had a time opening it. Instead of the usual wire basket, it had a piece of heavy twine holding the cork in place. After a while, the guys gave up and we used a corkscrew. :P It was, at least, worth the effort.

We got down to dinner a bit late because we just started visiting. It was our last formal night and they usually go all out. I started with some roasted tomato cream soup and followed it with Beef Wellington. TBG had a shrimp cocktail, then the soup and braised short ribs. For dessert, there was Crepes Suzette. It was all too yummy, but I am starting to yearn for home cooking. We headed back to the cabin, watched a bit of TV and then headed to bed to read. It’s nice to have time at night to read. We had falling back an hour tonight, so that makes four time changes since we’ve been here. My poor internal clock is in a whirl. Tomorrow – Catania!


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