Day 1,029: Mediterranean Cruise: Valencia, Spain.

When Laetitia led a tour group in Valencia, Spain, that included the cathedral, the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia, she was surprised to find on display a chalice identified as the Holy Grail. Contradictory legends abound concerning the Grail that range from those of Arthurian legend to that of Dan Brown’s and these spawned a limerick.

When King Arthur’s knights searched for the Grail
In old England in many a tale
Valencians claim
‘Twas in Rome, then in Spain
So those searches were destined to fail.

Day 1,028: Mediterranean Cruise: Valldemossa, Majorca.

Laetitia led a tour group on a Mediterranean cruise. On the second day in Majorca, they visited the small village of Valldemossa, where composer, Frédéric Chopin spent the winter of 1838/1839 in a former monastery in ValldeMossa, Majorca, with author, Amandine Dupin (George Sand). They were not popular with the locals. The parish priest denounced them because they were not married.

When came Chopin, the Polish composer,
To the Majorcan town, Valldemossa,
With his mistress, George Sand,
They’d a scandal at hand
Spawned by their affair frank, not.

Day 1,027: Mediterranean Cruise: Palma, Majorca.

Laetitia led a tour group on a Mediterranean cruise. On the island of Majorca, they visited and toured the lovely old port city of Palma. Some local gossip was the source of the limerick of the day.

A Majorcan lady named Alma
Was once as enchantress of Palma
And folks could but guess
How many conquests
She’d had ‘fore she met her “embalma.”

Day 1,026: Mediterranean Cruise: Cagliari, Sardinia.

Laetitia led a tour group on a Mediterranean cruise. They did a city tour of the beautiful old city of Cagliari in Sardinia that included its beaches, the cathedral, and the Elephant Tower. A query from one of her group that stemmed from the resemblance of Sardinia’s name to small tinned fish, spawned the limerick of the day.

“Must one eat sardines in Sardinia?”
Asked a callow young lass named Lavinia
“I like fish glazed with jelly
It’s sweet and less smelly
Like I have when I’m back in Virginia.”