We love to start in a new city by just wandering, letting our eyes and feet make the decisions. Here’s a map of Cadiz:
And also a google map you can move around on:
And here’s a map of our wanderings on our first venture into the city:
As you can guess from the extent of a single day’s walk, Cadiz is not a really big city.
Here are a few of the things we saw along the way.
Did you ever feel like school was a prison?
I thought it was odd that there was a huge book at the top of this statue, but it’s a monument to the 1812 Constitution, Spain’s first, which:
established universal male suffrage, national sovereignty, constitutional monarchy and freedom of the press, and supported land reform and free enterprise
Cadiz has been a city for over 3000 years, the oldest city in Western Europe. It was founded by the Phoenicians and it’s original name translates roughly to “fortified granary”. It has long been a fortified, strategic location.
Here’s Mary, ready to man (woman) the ramparts.
This is Nuestra Señora del Carmen and Santa Theresa Church.
We’ve seen these magnificent trees in other Spanish cities. The legend is that the seeds were brought to Spain from the New World by Columbus.
Two of the voyages of Columbus originated in Cadiz.
Finally, we found this loving couple on a park bench on our way back to the apartment.
We also discovered a small botanical park on this initial walk, but I’ll save that for another post.