The next morning we had breakfast overlooking the central garden and swimming pool, finishing with coffee by the poolside.
Although we had met with Kate and her family over the years, each time was a new stage in all of our lives. We spent the day wandering the cobbled streets. One of the churches we visited had a large group of 12 year olds clamoring with joy over their recent Confirmation Ceremony.
We also saw part of the remaining 11th century
city wall by the Royal Port Entrance. 5:45 PM
and we lined up with thousands of others along
the left side of the Harbor for “The Red Bull
Clift Dive” of 120 feet. It didn’t start until 6:10
when the incoming tide would top, enabling the
divers to dive another day.
We were facing the taller dive tower with a good view of the divers’ start but were blocked from the finish by the crowd. When each diver stepped to the platform, the huge crowd became absolutely still. They remained silent until the diver landed and the announcer said “He’s O K”. Then enormous cheers erupted. There was a longer wait after a summer-salt….but not a sound until “He’s O K.” . The cheering was quieter. I felt he wasn’t OK.
After dinner, Kate helped our concierge make reservations for the Paris Mercure Hotel. Close to the airport, its location would facilitate our early departure on Delta’s flight to San Francisco the day after. Then we adjourned to the lounge. Mike ordered a bottle of Champagne for our farewells.
This is a picture of the three of us toasting and, unintentionally, blocking the view of a lovely log fire. Actually, our backsides needed warming.