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EPISODE FIFTEEN: Palamos and the Mountain Wind

Palamos is a resort like village in the Costa Brava region of the Spanish coast. When we disembark we know that we are in trouble, it is a lovely sunny day but the wind is blowing so hard that it is difficult for us to walk. We are only supposed to be in the port for a few hours so we need to get going and make the most of it, despite the weather.

Wrapped up like Eskimos we head for the beacon that we have now become familiar with all over the world. Palamos has a lighthouse and we consider ourselves “Lighthouse Hunters”. Whenever we get an opportunity to visit or photograph one of these iconic beacons we are there. On this windy, near stormy day it is no exception. The construction of the lighthouse began in 1863 and it was inaugurated in 1865. Today it is known as ‘el moli de sa Punta’ and the light stands at 11 meters above the ground and 22 meters above sea level.
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We opt to wander through the narrow streets of Palamos but the weather stays miserable and the wind seems to be getting stronger. The local market is of interest with an assortment of fresh fish, each competing for the ugliest looking fish of the day award. A great selection of cheeses and cured meat complete the selection.
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We get back to the ship just before official departure time. Unfortunately due to the worsening weather and the now extreme strong winds our departure is delayed. More announcements follow through the course of the afternoon and it seems that the notorious mountain wind has claimed another victim. We will not be going anywhere until further notice! As we were meant to finally disembark and end our journey the following morning at 10 am in Genoa this announcement creates some chaos. Passengers roam up and down the hallways, trying to pry information from staff. Unfortunately the answer is literally still blowing in the wind!
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At last we depart only at 6 h30 am the next morning, with first light. The previous night was supposed to be our last on the ship and everybody had said their goodbyes already. Genoa seems still very far away and queues start getting longer to phone or use the internet to change onward travel arrangements. The mood gets even more sombre as it is finally announced that we will spend another night on board and only disembark at about 6 am the following morning.

For us it just means moving our car hire pick up one day ahead and enjoying the hospitality of the MSC Melody for yet another night!

Posted by L and H 14:10

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