Saturday, April 01, 2017

Rainy day in Cadiz

Cadiz was the main reason we are in this part of Spain.  The city bills itself as the oldest city in Europe, mainly because of the Phoenician artifacts unearthed there. We were unlucky with the weather, as it rained most of the day, but I loved everything we saw. The city has a really special setting, a peninsula that is more like an island, with the Old Town at the far end. One can more or less circumnavigate, passing forts, promenades, and parks.

The highlight has to be the new archaeological site of Gadir. The site has Phoenician and Roman finds side by side, elaborate explanations consists of dramatized video, panoramic projection, zoom cameras, and pivot touch displays. The whole site has a puppet theater built over it. Such spaces with a flattened fourth dimension always have me in awe!

It rained nearly all day, and when it wasn't raining, the winds were gusting with annoying vigor. Lucky for us Cadiz has three very good FREE museums that are mostly under cover: the Gadir Archaeological Site, the Cadiz City Museum, and the Roman Theater.

The site of Gadir, a Phoenician town from 1000 BC. The ruins are 30 ft underground.
Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Not everyone in Spain is a rabid separatist.
Cadiz, Spain

In Cadiz we had a superb vegan lunch at La Veganesa in the funky neo-classical Central Market while the rain came down first as a light drizze, then in buckets.
Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Raining in the Old Town.
Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

The Teatro Romano.
Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Waterfront promenade.
Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Harbour - Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Parque Genov├ęs.
Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Holy Week procession practice!
Practice...Preparation - Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

And the Cadiz Train Station.
Train Station - Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

View from the train on the way back to Jerez.
On the C1 train from Cadiz to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain










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