Well, that is their story and they are sticking to it! So off we went for a day trip to the most ancient city in Western Europe, Cadiz. After all, it was less than an hour drive, so why not check it out? Plus, as it’s on an isthmus (I said peninsula but the Fashion Mister said isthmus and he turned out to be right) it is pretty well surrounded by ocean…and I love the ocean. Even if the weather isn’t that great.
The Weather: It looks pretty grey in these photos but it was warm enough as Cadiz sits so far south and the sky actually cleared up around mid-day. And no matter what, it was still warmer than it was back home!
What is it?: So we get to Cadiz easy enough. Find parking without any issues. Wander into the Old Town area, find tourist information, get a map and I am busting to find a loo. Check the map, clearly marked, very close by, actually in the same square that we are in. Wander around for 10 minutes, trying to find the loo, while checking the map…no luck! Go back into tourist information, ask for the “aseos” and they point out the window at this brown tube shaped thing!
Truly, there were no signs and if I hadn’t of asked I never would have guessed it was the loo! Even though it looked like some Victorian time machine, it was a proper modern loo that even did the self wash thing after you exit.
The Ancient Walls of Old Cadiz:Apparently these ancient fortress walls had saved the old town from disaster in modern times as well as ancient times. It seems there had been a fire in the newer part of Cadiz that burned right up to the old walls and stopped. Also, there had been some construction going on just outside the wall. The construction went wrong and blew up a few city blocks outside the walls but didn’t even crack a window on the inside. They just don’t make ’em like they used to!
My Cadiz Style: By now, I have learned that layers are a good idea. Even though it wasn’t raining while in Cadiz, we were completely surrounded by the sea so there was a pretty good sea breeze. However, a light pair of cotton pants and my ballet flats were good enough for the weather, when paired with a light-weight cobalt blue jumper, my hooded cardigan (just in case it did rain) and the mandatory scarf, this one purchased in Libourne France.
The next day we would be leaving our little paradise in Vejer and heading to Granada to see the Alhambra. I’m glad we were able to include a day trip to the most ancient city in Western Europe before leaving the area.