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:

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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:

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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?

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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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Constitution_of_1812

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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.

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Here’s Mary, ready to man (woman) the ramparts.

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This is Nuestra Señora del Carmen and Santa Theresa Church.

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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.

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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.

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We also discovered a small botanical park on this initial walk, but I’ll save that for another post.