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Cadiz Travel Blog

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Palace of the Moors
Cadiz is the oldest city in Europe and is often rumored to have been founded by Hercules. In any event, it was established by the Phoenicians as a trading port. It is perched at the southern tip of Spain, just outside of the Strait of Gibraltar. Our goals for the day were to get some laundry done, catch up on internet and wander the city.

We wandered and wandered and wandered the city looking for a place to do our laundry. It gave me an opportunity to cntinue using my Spanish, asking for directions to the lavanderia. We found a dry cleaners and a giant industrial laundry, but after finally stopping in the tourist information center, we learned that there are no laundromats in Cadiz. So cancel those plans. There are no laundry facilities on our ship and the ship charges lots of money to do our laundry so we have been washing out stuff in the sink.
Street view
We were hoping to start our two weeks of backpacking with some clean clothes but no such luck. We may have to suck it up and pay for laundry onboard.

The city center in Cadiz is fairly compact, easily walked, and surrounded on three sides by ocean. The streets are all cobblestone and very narrow. While walking I saw a beautiful church, right in the middle of a long street of attached buildings. If you lived right next to the church, and even shared a wall, you really would have no excuse for missing daily mass would you?

Because Cadiz has been around for so long there are ancient roman ruins and many historic plazas and buildings. Many of our Spanish guide books tell you to skip Cadiz because there is not much to it, but in walking around I found it to be beautiful and charming. I can´t wait to see the rest of Spain!

After leaving the internet cafe we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around Cadiz.
Iglesia San Agustin
As Cadiz is surrounded on three sides by ocean there is a wonderful walk all along the sea wall that takes you past several monuments and castles and forts. We wandered up to the Castillo, which has now been restored and turned into an art gallerie. It was fun to walk around the ancient walls of the forts and duck inside and view some wonderful art exhibits.

The beach next to the Castillo looked inviting, but we were due back at the ship, so we wandered back through the old town, enjoying the street life of Cadiz and headed back to the ship. While we were getting off the ship this morning some men handed us small papers with information about their lack of work and attempts to meet with the mayor of Cadiz to demand employment. The papers directed us to a church in old town to learn more about the hunger strikes and protests going on.
Plaza de San Juan de Dios
While returning to the ship we passed that church, which was covered outside with many protest signs, demanding work, stating that the people were hungry and in ruin. There were many people outside the church and it was difficult to tell if they were the protestors or people who came to get more information, but it was interesting to see the signs and to see people trying to demand better lives for themselves.

We have one more day at sea tomorrow and then we land in Barcelona. A few hours after leaving Cadiz we will travel through the Strait of Gibraltar and we are hoping we will have some good views from the ship.

Right now the airports are open, so hopefully we will be able to catch our flight to Sevilla to begin the next two weeks. After spending a few days in the volcanic Canary Islands, and getting engaged at the volcano, it is strange to think that a volcano may prevent us from flying. This trip is destined to be vocano-themed!
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Palace of the Moors
Palace of the Moors
Street view
Street view
Iglesia San Agustin
Iglesia San Agustin
Plaza de San Juan de Dios
Plaza de San Juan de Dios
Part of the ancient roman ruins
Part of the ancient roman ruins
Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana
View of the sea wall
View of the sea wall
These were giant trees, the cap of…
These were giant trees, the cap o…
In the gardens
In the gardens
Boats in the harbor by the castle
Boats in the harbor by the castle
The chapel inside the castle
The chapel inside the castle
Signs placed on the church walls p…
Signs placed on the church walls …
A beautiful mosaic on the same chu…
A beautiful mosaic on the same ch…
Street view of Cadiz
Street view of Cadiz
Cadiz
photo by: Chiquitatina