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July 16, 2005

We pulled into port at Valencia a short while ago. It is our final destination before we disembark the cruise ship at Barcelona.

The trip is winding down. In a matter of days we will be back in Austin. We will be reunited with the dogs, the heat, driving…I’ll have to head back to work within twelve hours of arriving home…

But for today, we’re heading north of Valencia (yes, in another damn bus) to visit the village of Sagunto. Once, long ago, Sagunto was the power in this region of Spain, commanding the coastal road between the north and south. In recent centuries, it ceded that power to Valencia. Still, it is said to have retained a lot of its gothic structures.

For most, Sagunto’s significance ends there. I, however, am going to see the city the Romans called Saguntum, which in 219 B.C. was besieged by a certain general named Hannibal Barca. This action sparked the Second Punic War, which has consumed a good portion of my life for the past year and a half.

From Sagunto, we’re heading to a system of underground caves (of course, where else would caves be located…). Not sure what to expect there, though it will be a refreshing change from the sights of the past two weeks.

Then, it’s back to the ship to pack up for disembarkation…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2005 7:55 am

    Sounds like a great trip! What can you tell us about your cabin? What it nice? Windows?, etc?

  2. July 16, 2005 12:10 pm

    The cabin is quite nice – a sleeping area with a desk and mirror, a sitting area separated by a curtain, sliding glass doors and a small balcony off the side of the ship.

    We took a few pictures, but they aren’t among those that have been uploaded. I’ll be posting several more shots once back home with “free” internet acccess.

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