Ahh, Cádiz. It may have been upwards of 40 degrees centigrade, but at least that deceptive breeze from the sea kept me temporarily cool (and duped me into thinking I wouldn’t need to reapply sunscreen…oops).
Cádiz is unique in that many of the sights to see are spread out, rather than concentrated in one central location. The beach is quite a distance from the cathedral, the cathedral quite a haul from some of the museums, etc. Unfortunately, time was of the essence here; this is what happens when you only have a week off from school and want to see as much as humanely possible. With only 24 hours at my disposal, I had to be efficient.
Catedral de Cádiz: Definitely a humble cathedral in comparison to many of the others that I have seen in Spain. That crypt, however…oh boy, how creepy. The echoes, weird shadows cast along the walls – I didn’t spend too long down there. If you walk across the plaza, you are able to enter the cathedral’s museum, which has all sorts of artwork and religious articles from the 15th century through the 19th century.
Museo de Cádiz: I was amazed by the sheer number of Phoenician and Roman artifacts in this museum. I was also impressed by how advanced many of the tools from this period were. The museum also contains some modern artwork, the juxtaposition of which was very interesting.
I also can’t believe how content my stomach was from this particular trip. Lightly fried seafood and albondigas de merluza (and beer and wine to cool down, naturally)…mmm. Looks like shopping for all of the clothes I’ll need in Chicago will have to wait if I want to have anything close to an accurate measurement of my actual suit size.
Speaking of shopping, my dear dad had given me all sorts of random things this weekend that I’ve been toting around in a very heavy backpack. I just couldn’t take it anymore and caved – I bought another piece of luggage. At least I can now justify purchasing those espadrilles…