Some fountains

Back to the cruise and I always take photos of fountains whenever I see them, although I have to admit that I don’t often have to reach for my camera when I’m in Scotland for that reason, as there is a paucity of fountains here. I have no idea why, maybe they’re seen as being more worry than they’re worth as they would have to be turned off and drained in bad winters. Below are some of the photos I took in Spain Portugal and France.

a fountain

But there were quite a few around in various destinations on our cruise. The one above was in Porto and the one below is in Ferrol I believe.

afountain

They’re rich in fountains in Honfleur as they have at least three of them although the one below might be better described as a water feature as it is a very gentle movement, but quite mesmerising. They’re all very different.

afountain 3

afountain 4

afountain

There’s something joyous about a fountain and the only ones I can think of in Scotland are really old ones. There isn’t even one at the newish Scottish Parliament buildings, although there is water it is just standing water with no apparent reason for being there, a missed opportunity in my opinion.

What do you think, are fountains a frippery too far – or not?

Ferrol, Galicia, Spain

Back to the cruise, and we had about five hours in the port of Ferrol in Spain, sometimes called El Ferrol. The town is a short walk from the docks and I think we were the last people back on board as we ‘did’ the town in two chunks, going back to the ship for lunch. We did have coffee and churos in a cafe in Ferrol, as we hadn’t tried churos before, we weren’t that impressed with them.

Anyway, we realised that the time had come for the Black Watch to set sail, but we were still in the port.

Bing bong The captain was speaking and the upshot was that they hadn’t been able to get the fuel ‘bunkered’ fast enough hence the delay.

an impromptu deck party 2

The good news was that an impromptu deck party was going to take place at the stern! The weather was gorgeous so we made our way to the blunt end of the ship where Jess Belleza and the Black Watch Band were in full swing.

impromptu deck party

Honestly it was like something out of a Cliff Richard film, I had the weirdest sensation of unreality. A couple of the dancers were jigging away in the shallow end of one of the pools and having a great time too by the look of it. Of course being an absolute cynic a large part of me was thinking that the extra time docked in Ferrol meant more money being paid out by the Fred Olsen cruise line. I’m fairly sure that the whole thing was got up to push the sales of sangria and help to pay the extra port charges – but heigh-ho it was good fun. The music must have been blasting all over the town of Ferrol, a rude awakening for some still having a siesta maybe.

jet skis

All too soon the ship was ready to sail, we found it interesting that despite the fact that they use oil for the fuel they still use the term ‘bunkering’ for the storing of it, as it was when they used coal for the fuel.

The jet skiers were dancing around in the bay, all adding to the sense of celebration.

Then we sailed past ancient fortifications. It’s a very historic area and of course England and Spain were at daggers drawn during Tudor times, so they put on a bit of a show for us, pretending we were the old enemy and seeing us off!

fortifications

There’s a chap in this photo somewhere, done up in medieval uniform and shooting at us – several times, he was thoroughly enjoying himself, boys will be boys!

Castle San Filipe 5

The ship visiting seemed to be a big occasion for the locals and some of them had been lining the harbour as we left, taking videos of the Black Watch and the nutters on it all madly waving. We were sad to leave Ferrol, the weather was fab, much hotter than usual for mid October and we hadn’t had a drop of rain, quite unusual apparently, and I can believe that as the place is very green.

harbour outlet

On we sailed down Spain’s Atlantic coast with the water still disappointingly calm and on to Porto’s port Leixoes.