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My new favorite town - day 40

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People carrying flowers home as light reflects off wet pavement

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.

Inside the cathedral


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?)

 

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People carrying flowers home as li…
People carrying flowers home as l…
Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
Flowers are planted everywhere
Flowers are planted everywhere
Parks along the marina
Parks along the marina
and statues in the parks
and statues in the parks
Cathy gets in the mood for Spain
Cathy gets in the mood for Spain
I have an unfortunate habit of pho…
I have an unfortunate habit of ph…
The streets of Cadiz just invite w…
The streets of Cadiz just invite …
The decorations along the way are …
The decorations along the way are…
Some much more interesting than mo…
Some much more interesting than m…
More streets just waiting to be ex…
More streets just waiting to be e…
and more building decoration
and more building decoration
this was a little more exuberant t…
this was a little more exuberant …
Another byway
Another byway
And another
And another
The courtyard of a hospital
The courtyard of a hospital
Cadiz has everything - even an anc…
Cadiz has everything - even an an…
a flower market
a flower market
a large farmers market
a large farmers market
this had every semitropical flower…
this had every semitropical flowe…
Walking to the cathedral
Walking to the cathedral
The cathedral had a netting in pla…
The cathedral had a netting in pl…
You cant see the netting in the p…
You can't see the netting in the …
It made the entire church more eth…
It made the entire church more et…
As usual when presented with unusu…
As usual when presented with unus…
But the results were worth the time
But the results were worth the time
the results were amazing
the results were amazing
One of my favorite photos
One of my favorite photos
Being blessed by the building on t…
Being blessed by the building on …
Cadiz even has a Roman amphitheater
Cadiz even has a Roman amphitheater
This was amazingly good.
This was amazingly good.
Im told the salt cod was too
I'm told the salt cod was too
Al Faro restaurant
Al Faro restaurant
many outside cafes
many outside cafes
Cadiz
photo by: Chiquitatina