My new favorite town - day 40
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It's the Spanish Mother's Day and I now have a new favorite town - Cadiz, Spain. It existed in the 12th century BC as "Gadir" and was used as a port by the Phoenician, Carthaginians and Romans successively making it the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe . It sits on a small extension of land outside Gibraltar in the Atlantic, and even though it is extremely old, it is fairly small and very walkable. The old streets meander through the town, many of the streets are pedestrian-only and very narrow. The town has set up walking tours by painting colored lines on the pavement so you can trace Medieval Cadiz by following a green stripe around town or Castles and Bastions by following orange for example. There is also shipping history along the purple or Spanish constitutional history along the blue.
Since it was Sunday morning we wandered along various walks until we stopped at a cafe for a cappuccino and watched the people walking past. They all carried large bunches of flowers (Spanish Mother's Day remember?) and the freshly washed stone streets reflected the flowers' colors back behind them.
We strolled on through town, window shopping and discovering treasures like a museum of salted fish processing from Roman times near an old church that had a Goya by the altar. There was also a Spanish craft store that remained me of Michaels and an outdoor flower market. We saw a large church with a gold dome and the ruins of a Roman theater.
The town is almost entirely surrounded by water and has a lovely promenade that goes to the beaches and out to several castles that remain from earlier fortifications. We, of course, had lunch here in a famous restaurant called Al Faro (the Lighthouse). Lunch consisted of white Spanish wine and, in my case, arroz negra (a risotto with cuttlefish and mushrooms cooked in cuttlefish ink). My husband had rockfish and others had codfish baked in salt. All the dishes were delicious and we all waddled back to the ship. (Have you noticed how much I'm enjoying the food?)