Monday, April 19, 2010
First stop - Ponte Delgada, Portugal
Our first port of call happened to land on my birthday. I'm not going to say exactly which birthday it is, but I'll just let you know that I am STILL in my twenties.
The previous night, the sea was very rough and we had a very difficult time sleeping. So, you can imagine how happy I was to wake up to a cup of coffee, a mimosa and a croissant - compliments of my wonderful husband. I guzzled down the coffee and hurriedly dressed in anticipation of the day's adventures.
We decided not to sign up for a "shore excursion" through the cruise ship for a few reasons. First, they are expensive. Second, we thought simply strapping Stella in a carrier and walking the town would suit us much better. It was definitely much easier with a baby to not have a scheduled pick up/drop off time and to instead be allowed the flexibility and creativity of deciding our own adventure.
The day was spent wandering the streets of Ponte Delgada. We stopped in a small cafe and had breakfast - which consisted of steak, a fried egg and french fries. Everything in Ponte Delgada was beautiful - the colored cobblestone streets, the people and the views.
After a long day of walking, we happily welcomed the comfort of our stateroom. We finished my birthday off with a delicious dinner in the ship's only designated "dress up" restaurant. Stella dressed up in her silk dress that Neelima gave her and charmed all the other guests while we ate, drank wine and enjoyed the view of the open waters through the windows around us.