Spring 2014 - France and Spain travel blog

I just happened upon the construction of this (I assume) cable-stayed bridge.

Another of the bridge. This is on the bay side so I...

The train station I will be leaving out of going to Seville...

A fountain at what would have been just outside the entry into...

The old city is on the other side of these walls. Most...

This is their telecommunications tower. You can see the front part of...

Sorry this didn't come out better but behind this fence is an...

I ate lunch here. Across the street from the only beach in...

Marinated carrots. This was a stretch for me but they were very...

I wasn't thrilled with this. It was billed as King Prawns in...

In the forefront is the old beachhouse or bathhouse. At the time...

Another shot of the beach house.

Entry to Santa Catalina Castle constructed in 1596 after a looting by...

One of the look out towers.

Two of the 10 sides of the 5 pointed star. It wasn't...

The layout of the "castle" (I think it is a fort). The...

Inside the "fort".

My favorite part of the "castle" was a display of model ships....

An example of the instructions of one of these model ships. This...

Some of the pieces and parts that go into a model ship.

This is the USS Constitution put together.

This is a model of the Endeavour, that sailed in America's Cup...

Real de France, Louis XIV's from 1676 (not the model the original...

Cadiz had a pretty garden in the old part of town.

With some funky trimmed trees.

And a really cute sculptured fountain.

I took this at low tide. In the background is the 5...


Monday I felt somewhat better. At least well enough I wanted some fresh air. I was coughing up a lot of phlegm so I took another hot shower to loosen all that up. I decided I didn't want to do a whole lot of walking so I'd try the hop on/hop off bus since one of the stops was right across the street at what I now know is called Playa Victoria or Victoria Beach.

Some Fun Facts I found out about Cadiz:

It currently has 125,000 people.

It was founded as a port city for the Phoenicians in 1100 BC.

It became the third most important of the Roman colonies - only Rome exceeded it in population.

It has always been a working port city.

It was a fortified walled city until 1900 when part of the walls were torn down and the city expanded into the "new city" where my hotel is located.

It was famous for its salt fish industry during the Roman period (remember the salt fish factory ruins in Barcelona?). There are some ruins of its salt fish industry here, too.

It also has ruins of an old Roman Theatre. It appears it would have been the 2nd largest

theatre exceeded only by Pompeii.

It has an active ship building industry.

It has a cruise port.

Columbus left on his second voyage to find "the East" from Cadiz in 1493.



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