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Parroquia De San Dionisio

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  • Day1

    Brilliant start

    January 31, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    All the arrangements worked perfectly and we are here safely. The taxi arrived on time at 3.30 and got us to the airport on time despite the M11 being closed and needing a long detour around the countryside. The assistance people at stanstead met us at the taxi drop-off and took me in a wheelchair (I wasn't complaining!) all through bag-drop, through the priority passport control and to the front of the line for security, then all the way to the gate and out to the aircraft steps. All done with perfect charm and friendliness. The Ryanair people on the plane had no idea what to with my crutches but managed to put them on the luggage rack, and a minivan was already waiting at the bottom of the steps at Jerez to whisk us to the front of the queue at passport control, get our cases in baggage reclaim and out to the front of the taxi queue. I couldn't have asked for a better service at both ends. In fact I think I'll carry crutches now every time I fly!

    The apartment is just as it was, and the weather is 20 degrees and with patchy sunshine, so lunch in a tapas bar just around the corner was lovely.
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    Great start! Hope the rest is as good. I'm off to see the Troy exhibition tomorrow taking advantage of my new location! Davina xx

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  • Day2

    Settling in

    February 1, 2020 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    After the journey yesterday, a long good nights sleep last night was very welcome. Today a trip to the supermarket to get stocked up, but first breakfast in a cafe next to the market. Last year it was closed for refurbishing (actually complete gutting and redesigning) so it was good get back and find that their churros and chocolate was as good as always. From the market we bought a huge fish called corvina. It's very popular here but I have difficulty finding the name in English. I think it's a type of sea bass called "meagre" - anybody know better? Anyway with the head and tail cut off, it just fits in the oven, on a bed of potatoes, and onions, garlic and parsley, doused in lemon and dry sherry. In the Afternoon a couple of hours in the sun and listening to the Barnet match on the radio. They won. I still have a sore ankle but I can walk for a while before it hurts and I have to rest on the sun lounger!Read more

    Enjoy both of you x sheila

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  • Day8

    A week!

    February 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    A week - we have been here a week already! We really haven't done much other than reacquaint ourselves with the centre of the city. Today I walked over to the west edge of the city where there are big sherry bodegas like Garvey, Fundador, Gonzales Byass and Tio Pepe. In amongst these is a old hermitage, built in 1675 but on a site dating back to the 8th century. It's a neat building, but sadly now surrounded by blocks of modern apartments.Read more

  • Day9

    Yesterday

    February 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    Weather has been very dull and overcast for three days, it even poured with rain over night Friday. Yesterday though was sunny again but with a sharp cold wind. I walked around the south of the city through areas I really didn't know much. It is mostly old and residential, and pretty thread-bare, no new apartment blocks here. It is one of the flamenco areas though and I found lots of flamenco penas (music schools) and some statues of some of the great flamenco stars of the past. There were also great views looking down over the valley below and across to the hills where the sherry vineyards are. On the way back I ran across a demonstration in the main square about Venezuela.Read more

  • Day10

    Flamenco and football

    February 3, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Today has seen clear blue skies and sunshine again, although there is still a cold wind. Last night we went to our favourite flamenco bar for the late night performance and it was as good as usual, the dancer was even someone we have seen before, this time last year. This afternoon I went to a home match of my football team. They play nice football but it ended as a 0-0 draw. Try again next Sunday! It was lovely watching in the sun, but after the sun went down behind the roof of the stand it was really cold!Read more

  • Day14

    Last day in Cordoba

    February 7, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    For our last morning in Córdoba we visited the 8c Arab bath house. It was beautifully decorated and wonderfully elegant, but nearly all that has gone now, being stripped over the years to be used for other things. There are just some pieces of decorated wall plaster and column heads left, but it's still possible to follow the chambers through, going from the changing rooms to the cold, then warm and hot rooms, and the boiler room and heating ducts in the walls. Then on to one of only three remaining medieval synagogues in Spain, the others being destroyed when the Jews were forced to leave Christian Spain. The Jews left to go to Northern Africa, the Ottoman Empire where they remain, with Israel, today. They took with them their culture and Ladino language which was a mixture of medieval Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic, which they still speak and gives rise to some beautifully evocative music. After wandering in the sun through the winding street of the old Jewish quarter we had a last tapas lunch by the river and got our train back to Jerez. Not the superfast high speed train, but still travelling on the high speed line as far as Seville and cruising at 250 kph!Read more

  • Day17

    Football . . . And more football!

    February 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    We had a gentle day lazing in the sun yesterday, and today I took in two football matches. At lunchtime I went to Jerez industrial, who are a small non-league team probably at an even lower level than Wingate and Finchley who I sometimes watch at home. They play in an open air stadium to the south of the city and it was really nice sitting there in the sun, even if the football was dire!. They lost 1-4. On the way back I walked through the Sunday market all around the castle, then on to an evening game with my main team in the big city stadium. They won 4-2 , with two sending offs and a penalty - exciting game! It's easy getting round Jerez even if I don't walk, the buses run on time and have a flat fare of one euro ten cents.Read more

  • Day21

    The kids come to visit

    February 14, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Last night being Valentine's Day we thought the bars and restaurants would be overflowing so we just went to the bar over the street which is very local in character but has some good food. Their chips covered in melted cheese are to die for! Today we got a train out to the airport as Natalie, Andy, Finlay and Emily arrived for the weekend. We set up lunch in the sun on the roof, and in the afternoon took the kids to a little playground just over the road in the next square along. We've put Natalie and Andy into a hotel just down the road, near to their favourite churros cafe and sherry bar, and the kids are staying in our spare room. So far its been real fun and worked out well.Read more

  • Day23

    Sunny saturday

    February 16, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We all met up at a cafe in the market square for a breakfast of churros and chocolate then wandered around in the sun till lunch time. The kids enjoyed kicking a ball around in the main square and we enjoyed a good lunch in the sun!Read more

  • Day24

    Sunday

    February 17, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After breakfast and walking down to buy a Sunday paper, we thought that the kids would like to go for a ride in the horse carriages that ply the tourist trade, but Finlay was adamant that he didn't want to - I think he wanted nothing to do with horses! So we went to their favourite central square where there is a huge fountain that they love, surrounded by wide open spaces for running and chasing and kicking balls. After that we took a bus ride to go around the centre of Jerez and out into the southern suburbs before coming back and meeting Natalie and Andy for lunch.Read more

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