The time spent in Cadiz can only be referred to as an amazing adventure. After 3 weeks and countless miles walked thru ruins, churches, beaches, plazas there is so much more to see and learn. One can’t help but appreciate the history of this place and craftsmanship in everything they do, fountains, sculptures, walking paths, wine, food etc.
The fountain is from the Plaza de Flores just outside the Mercado. Merchants, tapas, gelato and great companions.
The last few pictures are of my favorite park and fountain in Park Genoves. The garden with its manicured trees and marbled walkways dates back to the 18th century. A small café is located just inside which makes it a great stop to relax with a café con leche while you soak in the view of the garden as well as the ocean.
The last few pictures are of my favorite park and fountain in the Park Genoves. The garden with its manicured trees and marbled walkways dates back to the 18th century. A small café is located just inside which makes it a great stop to relax with a café con leche while you soak in the view of the garden as well as the ocean.
What more could you ask for in Spain!?
I have included the sunrise on the ride to the airport leaving Cadiz and taking my great memories…..
Another exciting week has passed. We continue to explore different exciting parts of the city. We climbed the Torre Tavira that was officially chosen as a watchtower in 1778. It was designed as a work place and home. The business was conducted on the first level with the family on the second and house servants on the third or fourth floor respectively. It provided an amazing view of the city from the top and via the panoramic mirror projected on a concave dome.
We visited the Oratory of the Santa Cueva which displayed different types of architecture from the prayer chamber to the church. The prayer chamber was beautiful in its simplicity and oh what an echo!
The took the ferry to el Puerto de Santa Maria to explore and learn about the city. We had a tour of the Bodegas Caballero and a great wine / sherry tasting at the end. Only a short walk to tour a the Castillo de San Marcos. Our guide shared the interesting and painful history on how prisoners lived and worked at the castle.
The Regatta de Cadiz 2016, the tall ship races, came to Cadiz for 4 days. Beautiful these vessels are masterpieces The event happens every 4 years so it was great timing to be here and enjoy. Great night of festivities with music, fireworks and oh so many people!
Originally 3 weeks seemed like a long time to explore Cadiz. Now as we count down the final few days I find myself wishing for one more week!
Cadiz is an amazing, beautiful and exciting place. It is hard to believe our time here is almost half over. There is a very different feel to daily life in cadiz. There are always people on the streets but there is not the same rapid pace that is felt back in Boston. When I walk thru the plaza by the Cathedral or plaza de San Antonio, de Flores or de Espana you see people everywhere engrossed in conversation and very few people focused on their phones, laptops or electric devices. There is so much to see here, so much history to learn. Venturing out on my own I felt very safe here. I have become lost a couple of times and while trying to read the map people have approached me to help me find my way or were more than happy to offer directions when asked.
What stands out for me in Cadiz is the Cathedral which is magnificent with its carved marble and wood, pipe organs and overall grandeur. The audio tour provided an opportunity to move at ones own pace while absorbing the great detail. I did miss one interesting exhibit in the catacombs. I was glad Prof. Matz was present to suggest another look.
The next is the doors on the homes of cadiz. They are not the standardized doors of homes we often see but each is different with detail and story to tell. Some have the iron gates on the doors, others with a unique door handle (look closely a couple have hands) or door knockers others with different designs or carved wood.
I loved the town of Vejer de la Frontera. The winding cobblestone streets and white buildings perfectly matched the clean and quiet serenity of the old town. We stood on the tower and were able to look across the sea to see Africa. An old city filled with history but different than Cadiz.
Tonight was our cooking class and lesson on gastronomy! Amazing tapas, sangria and conversacion! In addition to learning to prepare tapas we were treated to a presentation by Allie, Steph and Jonathan on the history of tapas, the important foods that are the foundation of Spanish tapas and were the best fresh markets are located. Overall another great night in Cadiz!