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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Plaza Héroes de Cavite and Roman Theatre

This week will end my presentation of our May 2022 cruises aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas, which if you’ll recall started with a transatlantic crossing, and finished up with a back-to-back follow-on that took us to some seldom seen ports in Spain and France. And this week well will finish up with a Fun Food Friday during our second visit to Valencia, where on this visit Ursula and I walked into town for a traditional Valencian paella for lunch. Heading into next week I’ll show you our next destination on this months-long journey as I take you to Germany, and then Utrecht in the Netherlands. It is from Netherlands where we then began a back-to-back-to-back set of voyages that I’m sure you’ll find fascinating the enjoyable.

Palacio Consistorial de Cartagena

But first we must finish with Cartagena before we move on to Valencia and beyond, and today we’re still in Plaza Ayuntamiento headed south toward some serious naval memorials. After that, we head onto a hill overlooking Cartagena and which holds a Roman theater, so it’ll be a busy day.

Plaza Ayuntamiento; looking west from the southeast corner of Town Hall

This area of Cartagena abuts a major Spanish naval base — Arsenal de Cartagena. The base dates back to the 18th century (constructed 1732-1782; in continuous use since 1782), and remains today one of Spain’s largest such facilities. So, it seems entirely appropriate that this adjacent piece of real estate would host several monuments and statues dedicated to the Spanish Armada. Let’s begin with this forlorn chap whom Ursula tried to cheer:

Cheer Up, Dude!

This homebound sailor I showed you last Fun Photo Friday:

Homeward Bound

The main dedication in Plaza Héroes de Cavite is the Monument to the Heroes of Cavite and Santiago de Cuba (Monumento a los Héroes de Cavite y Santiago de Cuba). The monument was opened to the public in two days before Armistice Day 1923, and commemorates the forces that operated under Admirals Pascual Cervera and Patricio Montojo during the Spanish-American War of 1898.

“Honoring the Squadrons of Cervera and Montojo”
Dedication to “Homeland” (Patria)

After our visit to Plaza Héroes de Cavite we boarded our bus for one last stop before heading back to Vision of the Seas. This was but a few minutes’ ride, and it afforded us the best views that day of Cartagena. But before we completed our hike to the observation point, we were delighted to see Cartagena’s old Roman theater. Built between 5 and 1 B.C., the ruins were only recently discovered, in 1988. Excavation and restoration were completed in 2003.

Cartagena’s Roman Theater
Cartagena’s Roman Theater
Cartagena’s Roman Theater
Cartagena’s Roman Theater

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Christmas Wishes

On this very special day
I would just like to say
To followers, fans, and friends alike
That bowl of egg nog do not spike…

…Too much

Merry Christmas, Everyone. And stay safe ! ! !


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Mediterranean Cruise 2022 — Ibiza; Playa de Ses Salines Beach, then into Eivissa (Ibiza town)

Another stop. Another beach. This time, heading east and then south, we traveled from Sant Antoni de Portmany to Playa de Ses Salines Beach. As you can see, this is also a popular spot for everyone from sunbathers, to swimmers, to those who want to rent some sails. I’m going to make this visit fast, as we’re about to head back into Eivissa (Ibiza town) for some fascinating Old World scenery, so here’s two more shots of Playa de Ses Salines:

Playa de Ses Salines Beach, Ibiza, Spain
Playa de Ses Salines Beach, Ibiza, Spain

Time to head about ten minutes north back into Eivissa, but not to worry. We’re not done with this tour quite yet. Our tour bus deposited us on

Port Esportiu Marina de Botafoc with Eivissa (Ibiza) Cathedral in the distance (right)

See that cathedral in the photo above? We’re headed in that direction to go into the fortified old town area known as Dalt Vila. But before we head into Ibiza’s Old Town, let’s take another look at the harbor area, south end:

Ibiza Harbor heading toward Dalt Vila (High Town), Old Town Ibiza

You’ll know you’ve reached the walk heading into Dalt Vila (High Town, a.k.a., Old Town Ibiza) when you reach this obelisk on the south end of the harbor:

Monumento a Los Corsarios (Monument to the Corsairs)

Glance south, between the buildings lining the harbor, and you’ll gain this view of Catedral de Santa Maria de les Neus d’Eivissa (Eivissa Cathedral), Ibiza Old Town:

Catedral de Santa Maria de les Neus d’Eivissa

Слава Україні! (Slava Ukraini!)

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