Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cádiz: The Continental Walk

Mother-of-the-Goddess-Elena was born and raised in Cádiz. After marrying and living way up north (Bilbao), she and the family would make their annual vacation pilgrimage to Cádiz and the beach, but she hadn't been back in more than 25 years. Elena's friend, Goli, was also born and raised in Cádiz and is an expert on the history, culture, and traditions. So, during our first two hours of walking, while rediscovering Elena's mother's childhood haunts, I received an insider's view of this beautiful city. Come take a walk with me. (We'll stop for food tomorrow.)

(Click for a much better view.)

MOTHER OF THE GODDESS ELENA,
BORN AND RAISED IN THIS HOUSE.
PLAZA DE ESPAÑA, 1892.
(MONUMENT TO SPANISH CONSTITUTION OF 1812.)
CASTILLO DE SANTA CATALINA, BEGUN 1598.
THE MOAT FILLS AND EMPTIES WITH THE TIDES.
INSIDE THE WALLS OF SANTA CATALINA.
CASTLE OF SAN SEBASTIAN, BEGUN 1706.
TOWERS.
THE CATHEDRAL.
FROM THE ROOFTOP BAR OF THE CATHEDRAL HOTEL.

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15 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful place, and to have the mother of a goddess as your guide? Heavenly.

    New old music for me, how appropriate.

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    1. Jacqueline:
      Elena's friend, Goli, was the actual guide. Amazingly knowledgeable, too. (And very proud of his city.) Can't believe I can actually come up with songs you've never heard!

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  2. I can see you all doing the 'Continental' through this beautiful city......skipping and hopping around these wonderful castles, domes and monuments! Must watch that moat however.
    Really, I can!
    Cadiz is now added to 'the list'!!

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    1. Jim:
      Cádiz is definitely worth visiting (more than once). We walked for hours. We left here at 9 a.m. and got home at 9 p.m. Four hours total driving. The rest was mostly walking.

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  3. great place and the balconies are fantastic

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    1. Gosia:
      I loved that last house. There were wonderful balconies everywhere.

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  4. Beautiful - you got me at Moat :)

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    1. Cheapchick
      I love the idea that the moat still fills up. Would love to see that. Wonder where they keep the alligators.

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  5. Such a picturesque city. What a great place to wander about and get lost.

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    1. Stephen:
      I have more to share, but don't want to bore everyone. So much history, beauty, and variety.

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  6. I am about to take a history course called the other 1492, about the history of Spain leading up to that year. I hope to make sense of all these castles.

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    1. Spo:
      I just finished "The Story of Spain" by Mark Williams. It's the most recent of a string of histories I've read since deciding to move here. So many different takes on the same story! But at least I've started to absorb the basics.

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    2. a fascinating story it must be, the rise and fall of the Spanish Empire.

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