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A Walk in Cadiz

Hello!  I am excited to finally share a little bit more of my corner of Spain with you.  The first trip we took outside of our new town of El Puerto de Santa Maria was an afternoon in Cadiz.  I am looking forward to getting to know this city much better– it’s the largest in our area, and one we’ll be going back to again and again.  I’ll just share some pictures today of what we saw, and the little bits of information I’ve learned so far.
IMG_3336We see Cadiz just about every day from our beaches in El Puerto, and there’s a ferry that goes between our ports, but it’s about a 25 minute drive by car. IMG_3334When we came out of the underground parking lot, we found ourselves in this square.  It was Andalucia Day, and the plaza was packed with people and there was a huge choir singing some anthems on a raised stage.  Fun!
Cadiz is such a fascinating and beautiful city!  You can see the sea from most places, as it’s situated on a narrow piece of land on the sea.  I love that.IMG_3335IMG_3349This is La Caleta Beach– it’s so pretty and looks so timeless to me.  It’s in between two totally different castles–San Sebastián and Santa Catalina.IMG_3355San Sebastian is an ancient fortress (construction began in 1706), set further out.  It’s now also a lighthouse.  We didn’t walk out to it, but did see a steady stream of visitors heading out there.  We’ll have to do it sometime soon!IMG_3341The building below really intrigued me… This little bit is just one pavilion of the much larger Balneario de Nuestra Señora de la Palma y del Real. It was a spa built in the 1920s!  So light and airy.  Now the building houses the offices of the Underwater Andalusia Archaeology Center.  IMG_3350Near this spot, we found a really good restaurant where we sat outside and enjoyed some excellent, fresh grilled fish.  If you visit, I can definitely recommend stopping by Quilla.

After lunch, we wandered back through the old town. I love all of the narrow streets, with shops on the bottom floor and people homes in the higher stories. Geraniums spilling over the window boxes, laundry hung out the windows to dry, and the surprising music of many birds in cages chatting with each other.  We stopped for ice cream and then for espressos, and enjoyed the lovely plazas and beautiful architecture.IMG_3365This beautiful building is the Cadiz Cathedral.  When I uploaded my photos to my computer, I realized that I had taken way too many pictures of it, from various angles in different parts of the city.  It’s just so beautiful and prominent.
IMG_3321IMG_3360 IMG_3327 There was so much more to see, but after walking in the sun for a few hours, having a wine with our lunch, and seeing everyone else disperse to their homes for siesta, we followed suit.IMG_3328We can’t wait to go back again for another dose of sunshine, sea, beautiful architecture and and relaxed Spanish fun.

Thanks for coming with us as we explore our new surroundings!

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11 Responses to A Walk in Cadiz

  1. lynnsbiz April 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    It is absolutely beautiful there. I bet you have to pinch yourself everyday and say, “is this real? do we really live here right now?”

    • ariana April 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      Yes, you pretty much nailed it, Lynn! We have that conversation all of the time still. I hope that feeling stays for a long, long time…

  2. Julie April 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    Wow! Happy to have you back! How else would I be able to see the world. Am planning to get a copy of your book, and the cover is so beautiful. I know I’ll love it.

    • ariana April 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      Oh, that is great to hear Julie. I hope you love it!

  3. Nathan April 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Looks like a great place to spend the day! Thanks for the tour!

    • ariana April 25, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      Thanks for coming, Nathan!

  4. dailydealsjc1 April 25, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    I just love following your blog. :) Thank you for the tour!! Glad you are settling in and enjoying the area. :) Have you played the board game ‘Ticket to Ride’? Cadiz is on that map. Might be a fun game to play as a family. :)

  5. Sheri April 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Beautiful and the color of the water on that was was stunning! Like a jewel!

  6. winterrestfarm- Leigh April 25, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    Thanks for the virtual vacation, Ariana! Beautiful work, as always! :-)

  7. Laurel April 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    Do they pronounce it Cadiz or Cadith? I’ve heard it’s Cadith…. Thanks!

  8. Anne May 5, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    I have just found your blog again after forgetting to bookmark it a while back! I’ve loved reading through your experiences as an expat and can relate to some of your struggles myself. It can be challenging at times, but as you know living in different countries also enriches your life :-) I’m currently in Germany and am not yet sure whether this is the ‘right fit’ for me, but feel I’m settling in better as the months pass. I am very interested in trying your recipes as my daughter and I have trouble with gluten. She in particular has had a lot of tummy problems. We tried your apple dutch baby and it is now a morning staple of ours too :-) Thank you for this!! I’m always on the hunt for wheat free recipe inspiration – in fact that’s how I found your lovely website a while back!!

    Warm regards from the pretty spa town of Wiesbaden, Anne

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