This morning we retrieved Opal from her underground parking spot (Steve had to crawl in through the passenger side as he was totally blocked in on the driver's side) and headed back to Chiclana de la Frontera to rejoin Maria. We got to Maria's sister's house and took our luggage inside. Then we left again with Maria and headed to the town of Jerez de la Frontera. On tap for today was a visit to the Equestrian School and the Tio Pepe bodega (winery). We made it to Jerez in time for the 12:00 noon show at the Equestrian School. No pictures are allowed inside once the show is underway, but trust me when I say it was a beautiful show with the most elegant dancing Arabian horses! Simply beautiful!
We left there and hustled across town hoping to make the 2:00 Tio Pepe bodega tour, but we missed it by 15 minutes. So, we retreated to a local square and had lunch instead. Very tasty lunch with some CruzCampo (beer) to wash it down. We chatted and watched people until time almost got away from us and we had to scamper to make the 4:00 tour! We got there just in time and began the tour. It was in Spanish so Maria translated for us - mostly I just took pictures and gazed at the really old winery surroundings.
Then we walked back through town, gazing at the Cathedral and Alcazar along the way. Opal was patiently waiting for us and we made it back to Mercedes' house in about a half hour. Mercedes was next door visiting the neighbor and her brand new baby, so we went over to visit for a little while and then headed back to Mercedes' house while Maria stayed to chat. Chilling out in the room for a bit - a wonderful dinner is in store for later, so going to get blogging out of the way early...perhaps more pictures later of food!