Replicas of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria

Waterfront view of the town of Cadiz

The race is on at SanLucar de Barrameda

The horses race over low tide...after each race the kids go out...

One of the bookies at the horse race proudly poses with her...

Another bookie booth...she pays 3-to-1

On our way to Cadiz, we stopped at Palos de Frontera, near Huelva, the spot where Columbus' first voyage left from. We boarded the repicas of the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria. What struck us immediately about the ships is how small they were and how little privacy anyone had for such a long voyage. It was one of those weird moments when you realize that all that stuff you learned in 5th grade really happened...and how extraordinary it was.

We stopped for a few days in Cadiz, one of the oldest cities in Europe, which has changed hands many times (Phonecians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Spanish, etc.) in its long history.

We drove up the coast to Sanlucar de Barrameda to see the 160th annual Carrera de Caballos, a real horse race on the beach with thousands of spectators (all encouraged by the police to kindly take their shoes off). At this race young kids are the bookies and set up cute little cardboard betting booths to take the bets. San Lucar is also notable as the start and finish of Magellan's crew's round the world voyage (even though Magellan did not make it past the Philippines).

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