January - March 2019
  • Day35

    Carnival

    February 28, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Carnival officially started at lunchtime today. In some bars you come across the singing groups that will compete for best in various categories. They are very popular and it's a shame we have no idea what they are singing about. This evening they turned on the carnival lights and nearly every street has pretty lights strung across. Not sorry we are leaving before the hard partying starts. Already the town is much fuller and noisier than earlier in the week.Read more

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  • Day35

    Leaving Cadiz

    February 28, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    It's been a beautiful day here, 20c with a slight breeze, and at home it's 11c, cloudy with overnight rain. Hohum! Tomorrow we get a taxi from here to Jerez airport for the flight home, and if everything works ok we should be home late afternoon. It's Andulcia day here today, a public holiday, and the bars and plazas are full of people, families, and kids having a good day in the sun, and this weekend is the start of carnival, the biggest carnival in Spain and the city is full, people come in from Jerez and further for festivities and the hotels and rooms are all full - apparently the trains to Jerez first thing in the morning are packed with partying people going home from all-nighters. This morning we walked out along the causeway to one of the forts, and then to through one of the parks along the shore. This evening I think a last tapas bar crawl!Read more

  • Day34

    Catamaran

    February 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After lunch the catamaran was running again so we were able to get it back to Cadiz. It only takes 35 mins and is very pleasant in good weather but the bus is faster now with the new bridge opened last year. We have watched it being built over the years we have been coming here and today we travelled over it.Read more

  • Day34

    El Puerto de St Maria

    February 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Well the plan was to get the catamaran across the bay to El Puerto but it was still not running despite the wind being much lighter so we had to go on the substitute bus. El Puerto de Santa Maria is one of the towns that forms the sherry triangle along with Jerez and Sanlucar. It only has 5 bodega still producing sherry from 50 in the last century but one of them is our favourite. Gutierrez Colosia is small and family run and their sherry is delicious. We did the tour before the tasting and it is amazing that you learn new things every time. After the tasting we had lunch in the sun a few doors away at the tapas bar run by Carmen, the daughter of the family who did our tour 4 years ago - she was just planing to open a tapas bar then and now it is open and very good.Read more

  • Day33

    Tuesday

    February 26, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    It's been very windy here yesterday and today so we have stayed visiting indoor places. First the old cathedral, much more church-like than the barn next to it, and then to an oratory with some frescoes by Goya. Tomorrow we are going on a day trip to el Puerto de Santa Maria, just 35 minutes across the bay from Cadiz by catamaran. There we can visit our favourite sherry bodega and have a tasting, a visit to the small local museum, and lunch in the sun on the waterfront before getting a boat back. I hope the wind dies down a bit or it could be a bit bouncy!Read more

  • Day32

    Roman theatre

    February 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    After the cathedral we looked at the remains of the Roman theatre which was big enough for 20,000 people, and walked round to the old gates and bastions of the city.

  • Day32

    Cadiz cathedral

    February 25, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 17 °C

    Yesterday morning we went to Cadiz cathedral, which is absolutely HUGE, it's one of the biggest churches in Spain , and Spain has a lot of churches! It's described as being austere, but that's in comparison to what Spanish churches are usually like. It's a bit of a barn, but has a very unusual circular crypt, and from the top of the 130ft bell towers you can get views all over Cadiz and out across the bay to Rota and El Puerto de Santa Maria on the other side of the estuary of the river Guadelete.Read more

  • Day31

    Cadiz museum

    February 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We seemed to spend most of the day in Cadiz museum, which is a really fine museum on the ground floor and classical and contemporary art on the two floors above. We also had a quick at the oratorio next door, where Spain's 1812 government, the Cortez, agreed the countries liberal constitution , whilst still at war with Napoleon.Read more

  • Day30

    Phoencian Cadiz

    February 23, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Yesterday morning we wandered around a bit and went to the central market. It's not as atmospheric as the one in Jerez but has a huge section of fresh fish of all types and especially of shellfish. Sadly I don't think we are going to get time to cook any of them ourselves but the restaurants are certainly full of things we haven't tried before. Then we found a building that houses a new archaeological excavation that wasn't here the last time we came. About ten years ago they were digging in the old roman salting pits, where the Romans used to make their favourite salty sauce, called garum, from decaying fish innards. ( don't think I'll be trying that!), and underneath they found phoencian houses that were much older, and these are now on display. It's easy to make out the remains of the house walls, still covered in red clay, and lots of tandor-like ovens, and clay pots.Read more