We had just over two months to cruise from La Rochelle to Barcelona, in Spain, where we'd leave the boat for the winter. The first challenge was getting out of the crowded marina and across the infamous Bay of Biscay without hitting another boat. Fortunately, Biscay didn't live up to its reputation, and we arrived safely three days later in Baiona, Spain. As we continued our cruise, we realized that traveling by water with the ability to tie up in the middle of historic towns is such a privilege and opportunity. We reached Viana do Castelo, Portugal, for what was supposed to be a quick overnight stop, but we couldn't resist the charm and appeal of this ancient port, and our plans quickly changed once again. With a Portuguese dictionary in hand, we navigated the narrow cobbled streets, old fortifications, and beautiful churches.