We left Portsmouth on a grey and misty day, passing a fascinating mix of old and new as we left the harbour. It didn't look too promising for a crossing of the Bay of Biscay, a notoriously rough area of sea.
In fact it was a very calm crossing, just rather grey and misty for the whole journey........so no sunbathing on deck, but I managed to read a book on my new Kindle, and although the cabin was tiny we had a good night's sleep.
We arrived in Santander at midday, another grey and misty morning, it seems the weather has followed us to the north of Spain.
But by the time we had driven 45 minutes along the cost to our destination, the town of Castro Urdiales, the sun had come out to shine on the newly rebuilt sea front promenade, a promising start to our holiday in this beautiful part of Spain.