January - February 2020
  • Day28

    Going home

    February 27, 2020 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    We sat out in the plaza last night for a goodbye meal. It was quite balmy and the restaurant tables outside were packed. Today it will be 25 degrees and sunny here. There was snow in wendover yesterday and today it will be sleeting and hailing tomorrow. Welcome home. A group of people set up in the square while we were eating and gave an impromptu flamenco show.

    I'm glad to be going home, and at the same time sad to be leaving. I don't think we'll come back to the same apartment next year, we've been here three years now and it feels like home, but there are now four bars and restaurants in the street outside and it gets very noisy. We will look for somewhere quieter, but still in the middle of the city.
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  • Day28

    Carnival de Jerez

    February 27, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    This weekend is also Jerez carnival weekend. It's unusual, I think, that it coincides with flamenco week. We will the main events, but today was the children's parade, followed by a competition for the best costumes and then a school choir competition. We went to the parade but avoided the competitions!Read more

  • Day27

    Flamenco festival

    February 26, 2020 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    This week is the annual flamenco festival and the city is heaving. It's full of flamenco fans from all over the world, so you can hear English, American, German accents as well as lots of people from other parts of Spain. And strangely , to me anyway, there are lots of Japanese flamenco fans. We went to a show last night in a tiny hall. In this hall alone they are doing four shows a night.Read more

  • Day26

    The Alcazar

    February 25, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    The fortified central part of the city inside the moorish walls is the Alcazar (castle) and although extensively modified after the Christian reconquest, is still an interesting and beautiful building. It's quite small and I've been there many times before but it's still worth a visit.Read more

  • Day25

    Sunday and monday

    February 24, 2020 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Sunday evening I went to a football match at the minor club in Jerez. They are two divisions below the other club , but are at the top of the table and could go up. When we first came to stay in Jerez their pitch looked like the Sahara desert, mostly sand and covered in ruts. During our stay the council, who own it, dug it up and reseeded it and now it's wonderful! Barnet's pitch has really suffered with the weather and lots of matches have been called off as its unplayable. They would give anything for a pitch like the one here now!

    Yesterday was a walking-about day and I went past the Jerez bullring. It's all closed up now as the season doesn't start till May. In the evening we went to one of the best restaurants here, which we have been to every time we are here. They have a five course tasting menu (they are very small courses!) paired with a different fine sherries with each course. We were pleased to find it as good as always.
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  • Day23


    February 22, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    It's starting to get really hot here, and it's a beautiful morning and perfect for chorros and chocolate for breakfast. Over the last couple of days the flowers of the orange trees have opened and the air is full of the scent of orange blossom. It's also getting really busy - it's flamenco festival week, at the end of the week it's also Jerez carnival, and this weekend the city seems to have filled up with visitors and the bars and restaurant are packed to bursting.

    Nice place for peace and quiet though is the archeology museum so it was good to visit and see some of my favourite pieces again. The marble column is Neolithic deity figure and is the model of the bronze one I sculpted and had cast for a present for Lynette. The marble head is Roman and I love the detail in the girls hair braids.
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  • Day21

    Back to Jerez

    February 20, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    This morning we had a quick visit to the old cathedral in Cadiz, which was left in place when the current cathedral was built and is now a rather nice parish church for the city. Then a walk to the central post office to post cards for Finlay and Emily in the lion-head postbox ,followed by a long lunch and the train back to Jerez.Read more

  • Day20

    Sailing into Cadiz

    February 19, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    This morning started bright but with a sea mist so strong we couldn't even see Cadiz. After a lazy morning we caught the midday catamaran from Rota to Cadiz, and by the time we were half way across the bay, the clouds rolled over and there was rain along the horizon. It cleared up after an hour or so and the afternoon was clear bright and hot. There were some HUGE cruise ships in the port so the city had much more tourists than when we were here last year.Read more