The Fair Breeze Blew, The White Foam Flew

January 06, 2018  •  6 Comments
"Hark now hear the sailor's cry.  Smell the sea and feel the sky..."
Cruising on a lazy afternoon, that's what the story is today and has been for past three days. 
With a fireworks show to see us out of port, the MV Aurora left Southampton at 6:30pm on January 3 and we've been cruising full speed towards our first port of call ever since. Leaving Southampton   Actually it's more like bobbing towards Madeira as the sea has been angry my friends, like an old man trying to return soup at the deli.  The ship is definitely being pushed around (there've been some big waves) but it's not so bad that folks are getting sick; we're just shifting from side to side as we plow through some heavy seas, much like a BC Ferries ride in winter winds.  
We have had all sorts of weather so far - everything from strong winds to bright sunshine to pouring rain.  Being at sea hasn't really lent itself to good photo opportunities so this post is simply to share with you a map of this long journey we're on and some interesting shots of the sea/sky.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm looking forward to land in Madeira tomorrow.  Madeira is a Portuguese island that is surprisingly quite south.  It's pretty well of the coast of Morocco/Western Sahara.  After that we'll be heading even further south as we visit the Cape Verde Islands which are of the coast of Senegal (picture the horn of Africa).  With their diverse  backgrounds and interesting history, I'm hoping to get some good photos in both these ports of call to share with you in my next post, which I'll do sometime as we cross the Atlantic towards Brazil.  Till then, remember your days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner; as for me, I'm heading to mid-summer in the southern hemisphere! 
Here's the map of the whole route...click on it to see it fuller.

Comments

Jeff Bell(non-registered)
Seen any blowholes?
Perveen(non-registered)
Wishing you calmer seas for the journey ahead! Enjoy the warm weather...and maybe send some this way haha!
Paul Smith(non-registered)
The old Sal and the sea. Hope you have smooth sailing
David Greer(non-registered)
First time I've heard the raging sea compared to a customer of the Soup Nazi, but hey, the heart and soul of good writing is original imagery. Great photo of the sun heading down towards the sea horizon, kind of like the blonde who smiled at George Castanza before noticing the shrinkage.
Brian Hay(non-registered)
Really well written Sal, maybe a typo when you meant to use "off". Great pictures and I look forward to seeing more. What's not to like about cruising as my sister-in-law would say. A bit of foam on the sea makes for more interesting sailing.
Have a great 2018, you are certainly starting it off in the right way.
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