Agudo Mountain Vista

Agudo Mountain Vista

We arrived in Vigo, Spain on Monday, day 123. We took a ferry to Monteagudo, part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park. This archipelago, composed of three islands, was dubbed by the Romans as “The islands of the Gods.” We followed our guide along the 1.8-mile Alto del Principe Route nature trail that climbs atop Agudo Mountain. We enjoyed seeing the yellow legged gulls and walking past a variety of wildflowers. A hole in a rock along the way that one could peek out of offered an unusual photo opportunity. Our hike’s reward was sitting on the king’s throne admiring the rugged cliffs and beautiful coastline.

Mt. Castro Vista

Mt. Castro Vista

Later in the afternoon, we boarded a motor coach for a scenic tour of Vigo, known as the “Gateway to the Atlantic.” It lies on the western edge of Europe and is home to the continent’s largest fishing fleet. It also manufactures automobiles. We ascended Mt. Castro where we enjoyed panoramic views over the bay. Our stop in Castrelos Park featured seeing an impressive 17th-century estate with French and English gardens.

Six chess players met on Tuesday, day 124. We enjoyed another wonderful brunch on the Viking Sun. Our trivia team tied for 1st with two other teams in the final event but missed the tie breaker (it should be noted that the winning team, we were told, cheated). We finished the world cruise with 8 wins and 14 second place finishes. For each win we received $2 Viking dollars and $1 Viking dollar for every second-place finish. We redeemed 60 Viking dollars for a Viking pack. We attended the port talk on Portsmouth, our destination tomorrow. George Sranko’s lecture on “How One Remarkable Woman Helped Crack Open Planet Earth” introduced us to Marle Tharp. We attended the Viking Vocalists’ final performance on this world cruise and their contracts with “The Beatles Songbook.” Good voices and choreography with wonderful backup by the talented Viking Band. We’re beginning to get serious about preparing our luggage for disembarkation.

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