Helios Presides

In cool blue water
Sailing into Grecian sun
Helios presides

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Photo – Approaching Santorini (Thira) – Jempics

Counting the days II

I’m not past my prime
yet sometimes I feel
it takes longer these days
to recover and heal

And I know that the sun
should help me feel well
But sometimes it seems
very much the hard sell

So I think what I need
is a break well away
A bit of a rest and
a nice holiday

And as luck would have it
that’s happening soon
A week’s cruise to Greece
that we booked back in June

Just four weeks away
so we’re counting the days
as we both need a rest
from this pesky malaise

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Photo – The Acropolis, Athens, Greece (where we’ll be again on 16th August) – Jempics

Vigo

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We actually weren’t expecting rain
but it only stayed an hour
Refreshing as we climbed the hill
for the Vigo castle tower
The view up at the very top
took in the sweeping bay
with our ship down in the harbour
on this, our third cruise day

Then later, as the sun appeared
in Constitution Square
we sat and had Galation beer
and watched the tourists there
Vigo is a special place
at the tip of Northern Spain
and is somewhere we would gladly
come back and see again

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Photo – The Thompson Spirit from the crest of the Vigo Castillo tower hill, Northern Spain – Jempics
[‘Vigo’ is 8 of 14 in the Jemverse ‘Iberian Treasures’ series]

Departures (29/8/16)
Malaga I (30/8/16)
Gibraltar (31/8/16)
Gibraltar II (1/9/16)
All at sea (2/9/16)
Lounging (3/9/16)
Three sixty degree sea (4/9/16)
Vigo (5/9/16)
Atlantic Surge (6/9/16)
In from the fog (7/9/16)
Terracotta Rooftiles (8/9/16)
Lisbon 36 (9/9/16)
Seville (10/9/16)
Malaga II (11/9/16)

Three sixty degree seas

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Three seagulls have been following
and flying in our wake
Means we must be close to land
of that there’s no mistake
For though three sixty round about
Iberian waters lie
we’re fairly close to Portugal
the seagulls seemed to cry
By way of confirmation
they flew away those three
off to somewhere in the east
where tomorrow we will be

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Photo – These three seagulls flew with the ship for several miles as we were nearing the coast of Northern Portugal/Spain – Jempics
[‘Three sixty degree seas’ is 7 of 14 in the Jemverse ‘Iberian Treasures’ series]

Departures (29/8/16)
Malaga I (30/8/16)
Gibraltar (31/8/16)
Gibraltar II (1/9/16)
All at sea (2/9/16)
Lounging (3/9/16)
Three sixty degree sea (4/9/16)
Vigo (5/9/16)
Atlantic Surge (6/9/16)
In from the fog (7/9/16)
Terracotta Rooftiles (8/9/16)
Lisbon 36 (9/9/16)
Seville (10/9/16)
Malaga II (11/9/16)

All at sea

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There’s a world outside my window
but I’m all at sea today
Sunshine through the porthole
with waves out there at play
The Spirit’s cutting westward
but it has a way to go
and with sea all the way round us
a true ocean voyage we’ll know
We’re at the edge of the Atlantic
having left the Med behind
A day at sea awaits us
Many pleasures still to find

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Photo – the Atlantic ocean looking westward  from deck 6 of the Thompson ‘Spirit’ cruise liner heading to Northern Spain – Jempics
[‘All at Sea’ is 5 of 14 in the Jemverse ‘Iberian Treasures’ series]

Departures (29/8/16)
Malaga I (30/8/16)
Gibraltar (31/8/16)
Gibraltar II (1/9/16)
All at sea (2/9/16)
Lounging (3/9/16)
Three sixty degree sea (4/9/16)
Vigo (5/9/16)
Atlantic Surge (6/9/16)
In from the fog (7/9/16)
Terracotta Rooftiles (8/9/16)
Lisbon 36 (9/9/16)
Seville (10/9/16)
Malaga II (11/9/16)

Gibraltar

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To the Rock of Gibraltar
on Monday we came
The English weather
living up to its name

But the warmth in the air
although it was grey
gave promise of what
it would be like today

And it steadily climbed
to thirty or more
as the sunshine broke through
whilst we were ashore

We took a ride up
where the Barbary apes
were monkeying about
and up to their japes

And despite the grey weather
the view from the top
was just as spectacular
as you’d expect of the Rock

Then down to the town
where Nelson was brought
after Trafalgar
when a bullet he caught

Before back to the ship
to sit in the sun
and be pampered now that
our holiday’s begun

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Photo – a Barbary ape on the Rock of Gibraltar – Jempics
[‘Gibraltar’ is 3 of 14 in the Jemverse ‘Iberian Treasures’ series]

  1. Departures (29/8/16)
  2. Malaga I (30/8/16)
  3. Gibraltar (31/8/16)
  4. Gibraltar II (1/9/16)
  5. All at sea (2/9/16)
  6. Lounging (3/9/16)
  7. Three sixty degree sea (4/9/16)
  8. Vigo (5/9/16)
  9. Atlantic Surge (6/9/16)
  10. In from the fog (7/9/16)
  11. Terracotta Rooftiles (8/9/16)
  12. Lisbon 36 (9/9/16)
  13. Seville (10/9/16)
  14. Malaga II (11/9/16)

Malaga I

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Boarding our Dreamliner
Thompson did us proud
For we had extra legroom
and the engines weren’t too loud
The outbound flight as always
thrilled us to the core
England disappearing
through the window there we saw
And just two hours later
as we woke up from a snooze
The wheels touched down in Malaga
for our Iberian Treasures cruise

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Photos (top) – flying over Hampshire, UK; (bottom) – The Thompson ‘Spirit’, Malaga, Spain – Jempics
[‘Malaga I’ is 2 of 14 in the Jemverse ‘Iberian Treasures’ series]

  1. Departures (29/8/16)
  2. Malaga I (30/8/16)
  3. Gibraltar (31/8/16)
  4. Gibraltar II (1/9/16)
  5. All at sea (2/9/16)
  6. Lounging (3/9/16)
  7. Three sixty degree sea (4/9/16)
  8. Vigo (5/9/16)
  9. Atlantic Surge (6/9/16)
  10. In from the fog (7/9/16)
  11. Terracotta Rooftiles (8/9/16)
  12. Lisbon 36 (9/9/16)
  13. Seville (10/9/16)
  14. Malaga II (11/9/16)

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