Blogs from Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain, Europe - page 2


Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz April 27th 2016

Good morning. Yesterday afternoon was at leisure in Cadiz. We decided not to go on the all day excursion to Seville; two hour bus ride each way, as we had been there several times when Lisa lived their her junior year. Fran stayed in to nurse her cold and she “encouraged” me to go do something. As my grandson, Charlie, is prone to say, "leave me alone." I signed up for a bike ride around and through the city. Orion has brand new cruising bikes and our group, which consisted of the leader, one other guy, and a woman tried them out. The leader, the on board concierge, is just a kid and he had no idea where to ride but he was enthusiastic. The city is a bulbous shaped peninsula. We decided to circumnavigate it, ... read more
Strait of Gibraltar

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz April 25th 2016

That big fat high (anticyclone in the language of those from down under)is still sitting above us and it was just a lovely morning to wake up to with the bright sun and the azure sky from our penthouse apartment bedroom window. That sky did change a little later in the morning but more about that soon. Gretchen had sussed out a way to get to Cadiz which on the map doesn’t look that far away but in reality because of a lot of wasteland and water, it is over 30km to drive one way. She had figured out where a ferry went between Puerto de Santa Maria and downtown Cadiz and the cost at €2.75 each was going to work out cheaper than the petrol to drive, and then find a car park with a ... read more
Gretchen ready for the day,shorts and all
Our ferry to Cadiz arrives
Two cruise ships tied up,Cadiz

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz » Setenil de las Bodegas November 17th 2015

Setenil de las Bodegas to miejscowosc lezaca prawie 20 km od Rondy. Nie zajelo nam to duzo czasu aby tu dojechac, ale droga wiodla przez male miasteczka. Jedno z nich było wyjatkowo waskie o ciekawej nazwie Arriate, co sobie skojarzylam z wariatem, bo niektorzy jezdza tutaj troche na wariata (o malo jeden z nich nie zaparkowal nam w bagazniku). Mieszkancy uzywaja tutaj duzych luster na ulicach by moc przejechac przez waziutkie uliczki. Ale miasteczko bardzo ladne. Przez Setenil de las Bodegas przebiega słynny szlak turystyczny zwany Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos (Szlak białych miast), do którego należy ponad 20 miast Andaluzji. Nazwa pochodzi od domów pomalowanych białych wapnem. Setenil de las Bodegas stanowi wyjatek wsrod andaluzyjskich bialych wiosek, gdyz wiekszosc z nich powstala na urwiskach a Setenil de las Bodegas zbudowano w jaskiniach. Jaskinie w oko ... read more
Setenil de las Bodegas
Setenil de las Bodegas
Setenil de las Bodegas

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz October 28th 2015

The Captain announced the night before that we would be passing Gibraltar around midnight. We would begin the passage around 11:30 PM; so, that’s what I set our alarm for so that we could see “The Rock”. Sharon didn’t hear my phone alarm; but, I did and went to see a shoreline full of pin lights adorning the shoreline. Through the darkness we could also see the outline of Gibraltar. Sharon mused from her sleep, “What’s up?” I told her that we were passing Gibraltar and she sprang to life, grabbed the camera and we both viewed Gibraltar from our starboard balcony blessed berth in our pajamas. It’s kind of nice that it worked out that way. Sharon took some pictures; but, feared that there wasn’t enough light to see anything but darkness in the picture. ... read more
Tower of Cathedral
Walls in Palace
Walls in Palace

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz June 1st 2015

Also nun bin ich hier in Cádiz, ziemlich im Süden Spaniens un bin gerade vom Strand zurückgekehrt. Es ist wieder superviel passiert und ich hab kein Papier um ein Mindmap zu machen. Ich werde jedoch mein bestes tun um zu beschreiben, was ich so getan habe die letzten zwei Wochen. (hab abgespeichert und nun am nächsten Tag doch ein Mindmap gemacht) Ich bin also von Vitoria aus, am Montag Morgen nach Bilbao aufgebrochen. Dort habe ich dann den Busbahnhof und den Flughafen besucht.. beide sehr interessant. Ich hatte natürlich immens viel Zeit eingeplant um meinen Flug auch sicher zu erwischen und irgendwie denke ich auch immer, dass in Spanien alles zu spät kommt und schlecht funktioniert. Leider waren die Busse sehr pünktlich und ich war etwa drei Stunden vor meinem Flug am Flughafen. Also habe ich ... read more
Tschuldigung wegem huet ide Kathedrale :(
Sightseeing (Ben & Jeannie)

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz » Castellar de la Frontera April 30th 2015

CADIZ Approaching Cadiz on a bright Spring morning, the towers of the churches and buildings are the first thing you notice. You sail right into the heart of the city, a city that dates back to the 12th Century BC and is the oldest continuously inhabited in the Western world. After two days at sea, it was nice to get off and stretch our legs. In glorious sunshine, we took a short walk to the Plaza de San Juan de Dios where the Town Hall is and the open air brings the essence of Cadiz to life. We walked through cobbled streets out onto the main thoroughfare towards the Cathedral. A small detour took us into the municipal museum (free entry) where we took in some modern Spanish American art in the form of sculptures and ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz March 30th 2015

Total distance travelled from Santos: 5278 nautical miles Cádiz is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and sometimes counted as the most ancient city still standing in Western Europe. The city was originally founded by the Phoenicians and named Agadir. As there was already a city in Morocco by the same name it was confusing for merchants. This was changed to Gadir for sanity sake and then as other nations settled on this narrow but strategic outpost finally became the name by which we know it today – Cadiz. It has been a principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. The city is built on a unique site - a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea. We were scheduled to dock at ... read more
The city hall of Cadiz
Cadiz - the new cathedral
Roisin and Amelia in a sunny Cadiz

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz October 5th 2014

The weather in Portugal and Spain was flawless, so I got this nifty thing called a “tan.” Don't be fooled by the meaning of the word though because you have to remember that I am VERY pasty white. Thus, when I say “tan” I really mean a shade or two darker than the whitest person you could imagine. Lisbon reminds be of an older version of San Francisco; it is very hilly and there is even a bridge that resembles the Golden Gate Bridge. I wandered around the city sola the first day, meandering through all the narrow cobble-stoned streets. There was a surprising amount of street art, varying from ugly graffiti tags to beautiful murals. The second day I headed to the beach for the day with some friends to get my “tan” on. The ... read more
Selfie on the Top of a Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz August 29th 2014

Cádiz, ville îlot, quasiment une île, où il règne une atmosphère douce et tranquille. La plage de la Caleta est connue puisqu'elle a été utilisée pour le tournage de James Bond, Die Another Day, pour la fameuse scène de la rencontre entre Halle Berry et Pierre Brosman. Les spécialités culinaires sont nombreuses et très bonnes! Le vin blanc aussi. Le tourisme reste très familial et deux jours furent suffisants pour nous!... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz April 3rd 2014

Day 3 and Dad’s over heating issue has slowed us down to 55mph all the way. This morning I tweaked a couple of the head bolts and shove a bottle of radweld crap in to it, which has helped but not solved it. Last night we didn’t make it to Bordeaux as planned and due to a lot of campsites not being open out of season or not on the sat nav, we ended up setting up in a motorway aire. It wasn’t fully built, but it was very clean and very quiet, one benefit of being on a toll road. That was until Dad woke up and decided to slam doors at 4 O’clock in the morning. As said progress is slow as some of the hills we are now doing 30mph, but as I ... read more
Rio Jara Beach
Rio Jara Campsite

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