Friday, September 16th, 2016 – Bill had a piece of chipped enamel on a front, bottom tooth that was rough and bothering him so he made a quick trip to the dentist office on base. While he was gone, I rearranged our suitcases so we wouldn’t have to lug two heavy suitcases into every hotel room as we made our way across Spain over the next few days until we got to Barcelona. Everything we needed for our road trip was now in one suitcase and the other could stay in the trunk of the car. In fact, we wouldn’t need the other suitcase again until we got on the ship in Barcelona for 2 months.
After Bill returned, we went through the McDonalds drive-thru and then we were on our way back to the police station to try once more to get properly stamped into Spain. Our temporary stamp expired yesterday. Right now we were in the country illegally.
This time we got our passports stamped and were soon on our way to El Puerto de Santa Maria. It was a relief to be legal again!
The town of El Puerto de Santa María is best known for having been the port from which Columbus sailed on his second voyage which resulted in the discovery of the Americas.
This large fountain/monument commemorating the location where Columbus collected water for his ships was built at the beginning of 1735. From these six spouts of El Fuente de las Galeras Reales (Fountain of the Royal Galleys) gush forth water as they have done since Columbus’ time when they supplied water to the America-bound ships.