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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz April 16th 2024

April 15 We arrived in Spain this morning to a clear sunny day with a brisk breeze. My plans today are self indulgent, first a long shower , than lunch followed by sunning by the pool, a full body massage and then dinner in the Pinnacle. The poker gods have been looking after me, sort of. Two days ago I missed the tournament. I overslept. That night I got to the table to late. It was full so I made myself comfortable and watched the Masters golf tournament. Yesterday we only had three show up for the tournament so it was a no go. Last night no one showed up for the cash game. So I headed to the Gallery to watch the Masters. I had the couch to myself right in front of the TV. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz December 8th 2023

A few days before my boat was due to sail from Santander, I set off to cover the 100km from Tarifa to Cadiz. It was a relatively easy route. No major steep climbs and the main road had a good hard shoulder. It did take me a while to find the road adjacent to the motorway, but once on it, I pretty much had it to myself. The next difficult section was trying to pick up the cycle path to Cadiz out of Chiclana de la Fronteria to avoid the motorway. The cycle path I followed from the town centre led me right to the start of the motorway. I eventually found a place to cross the railway and get onto the cycle path to Cadiz. The sign posting was non-existant. However once on the path, ... read more
Flamingos
Spoonbill
The blue streak.

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz August 4th 2023

It’s our last full day here in beautiful Cadiz, so after days of aimless wandering it’s time to get bit more focussed. First stop this morning is the city’s central market, Mercado Central Cádiz, where Friday trading’s in full swing. The seafood doesn’t look like it could get much fresher; I think some of it’s still moving - fish of every conceivable variety, bright red prawns, lobster, octopus, shellfish, you name it they’ve got it. They’ve also got a couple of sharks up on one of the counters with their mouths propped open with pieces of polystyrene … well they look like sharks, except they don’t seem to have any teeth. We read about a reportedly toothless shark prowling the waters off Malaga when we were there a few weeks ago. The report said it was ... read more
Playa de Santa Maria del Mar
Castillo de San Sebastián from Tavira Tower
Iglesia del Oratorio de San Felipe Neri

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz August 3rd 2023

I head out for yet another aimless wander, which seems to have become my activity of choice here in Cadiz. I probably should check at some stage before we leave that I haven’t been aimlessly wandering down the wrong streets and missed some world class attraction. First stop is the Cadiz Museum on the very attractive Plaza de Mina. I thought I took an award winning happy snap here yesterday of a classical building with an eerie green coloured facade, but I now see that it only looks like that because it’s wrapped in green coloured semi-transparent cloth while it’s being renovated. The museum looks very big - three floors in a building with a large footprint - and it probably would be if three quarters of it wasn’t closed for renovations. The exhibits are mostly ... read more
Puente Canal
Cadiz Museum
Monumento a la Constitución de 1812

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz August 2nd 2023

I head off for another aimless wander through the narrow backstreets of beautiful Cadiz. Our apartment’s in Calle Ancha, which I think means “wide street”. l suppose it might possibly be half a metre or so less narrow than most of its counterparts. First stop is the lively Plaza de la Catedral, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, is in front of the city’s cathedral. I read that this was built between 1722 and 1838, so like a few other cathedrals we’ve seen in Spain, they again took their time. The ever-reliable Wikipedia says that it’s a declared “good of cultural interest”, with its “type“ classified as “immovable”. Yep, that would be right I think. It has a large crypt which houses the tomb of the composer Manuel de Falla, who was apparently born here in Cadiz. I don’t ... read more
Plaza de la Catedral
Enjoying the sunset from Puente Canal
Enjoying the sunset (or looking at your phone) from Puente Canal

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz August 1st 2023

We’re a bit slow off the mark this morning after a long day of travelling yesterday. We decide to catch up on a bit of admin including reviews of some our recent experiences in Morocco. I think it should be OK to let the world know about some of the less savoury aspects of our experience out in the desert now that we’re safely out of the country - the guide who didn’t do any guiding, paying top dollar to “sleep” on wet towels in an oven like tent only to find out later that the guide’s tent had air conditioning ….. I think my blood pressure might finally be starting to return to something close to normal. Our next stop is Bologna in Italy, and the guys who run the apartment we've booked there seem ... read more
Playa de Caleta from Castillo de Santa Catalina
The ice cream shop
Genoves Gardens

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz July 31st 2023

Today we’ve got a long and convoluted day of travelling back to Spain, this time to the Atlantic Coast city of Cadiz. As we wait outside the Riad for our taxi we watch on as one of the young staff members feeds a small army of cats in the garden next to the street, something she apparently does every day. So many cats! We feel like family as we drive off - enthusiastic waves from owner Reibal, and his two trusty assistants Omar and cat girl … well I assume that was the sentiment; I suppose they could just be relieved to get rid of us. … and just in case anyone was wondering, the dodgy taxi driver who bought us to the riad when we first arrived in Fes and then left in a hurry ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz March 14th 2023

It’s very possible to write several weighty tomes about Cadiz and still fall short of nailing its incredible essence. The city is generally considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, founded and called Gadir by the Phoenicians around 1100 BC. Now well into its fourth millennium the ancient center, surrounded almost entirely by water, is a romantic jumble of sinuous streets where Atlantic waves crash against eroded sea walls, cheerful taverns fry up fresh fish and salty beaches teem with sun worshipping tourists and locals alike. Spain's first liberal constitution (La Pepa) was signed here in 1812, while the city's distinctive urban model provided an identikit for fortified Spanish colonial cities in the Americas of the New World. Enamored return visitors talk fondly of Cádiz' seafood, sands and intriguing monuments and museums. More ... read more
Botanical Gardens, Cadiz
Cadiz City Beachfront
Cadiz, Botanica Gardens

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz October 3rd 2022

We could have easily slept in longer today but the alarm is sounding and we want to beat the heat. It is certainly much hotter here than in the mountains! We are off to Cadiz for the day. Our host has recommended a route via the train and boat. We set off at 7.30am…it’s still dark! Again I am cursing booking old town accommodation. Absolutely zero chance of hailing a taxi here and even less chance of one arriving if I try to telephone and give verbal instructions! We have arrived at the train station via the twisting narrow streets without too many wring turns. Now to negotiate the ticket buying procedure. I go to the ticket office but it’s a ridiculously slow process. The woman at the front has been at the only counter open ... read more
Topiary
Umbrella Fountain
Sherry Bar

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz June 16th 2022

We left Chipiona, intending to take a ferry from Jerez de la Frontera to Cadiz, to visit my niece Salome. When we arrived at the ferry port, we found out they didn't have any ferries running today. So, Antonio decided we'd take a train instead. After a short ride across town, we bought four round-trip tickets to Cadiz, and away we went. A short time later, we pulled into one of the stations in Cadiz. We'd been in contact with my niece, who had just completed her degree in Tourism that day, and agreed to meet her just outside the station. We went across the street to a corner and waited a few minutes until Salome showed up. She gave us a short tour of Cadiz, showing us a museum, the Roman theater, and a few ... read more
Panorama of Cadiz from the train station
Plaza in Cadiz
Roman theater




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