A Spanish galleon was anchored in Alexandria for a few days. El Galeón Andalucia is a replica of a Spanish galleon from the Age of Exploration – 16th to 18th centuries. The ship is 170 feet long and weighs 495 tons. During the three centuries, Galleons were the boats that took the lead role in the trade and cultural routes. Often referred to as the Indies Fleets they sailed the longest routes in length and duration at that time. Passengers and goods such as textiles, books, and tools were transported from Spain and silver, gold, gems, pearls, spices, sugar, tobacco, silk, and other exotic goods were returned to Spain.
The replica was built during 2009 to 2010 by the Nao Victoria Foundation. The boat was launched on November 30, 2009. El Galeon has covered more than 35,000 nautical miles between 2010 to 2013 in the world’s largest seas and oceans, visiting ports on four continents. More information and images can be found here and here.
Being able to see this ship helps to add some reality when reading historical accounts from this period.
We have had a marvelous fall. Three to four weeks of bright sunlit days and outstanding color. We have traveled from central Pennsylvania to northern Virginia to catch the autumn color. Locally the color is still good – lots of leaves still to come down.
My writing is rather pedantic. I can communicate but style wise the writing is plain Jane. So it was surprising while looking at a recent photo that I came up with a nice caption. For the last slide in the slide show: Autumn color. The leaves are down the flowers are finished. Beautiful. Yet a reminder of another year passed.