Al Andalus Luxury Train Tour Day 1: Cadiz

November 6, 2015

The itinerary for our first day on tour with Al Andalus

The itinerary for our first day on tour with Al Andalus

Following check-in at the Seville train station, we settled into our rooms and then were whisked away for a quick tour of Seville.  Carol and I were glad that we had toured Alcazar on our own, because we did not return there.  We did have a cursory tour of the Seville Cathedral before we returned to the train for lunch and the start of our journey.  Our destination:  Cadiz, a port town on the Atlantic coast of Spain.

Cadiz nearing sunset

Cadiz nearing sunset

“Cadiz, from a distance, was a city of sharp incandescence, a scribble of white on a sheet of blue glass, lying curved on the bay like a scimitar and sparkling with African light.”
— Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Walk-on ferry, a catamaran which took us across the water to Cadiz

Walk-on ferry, a catamaran which took us across the water to Cadiz

Leaving the breakwater at Puente

Leaving the breakwater at Puerto de Santa Maria

Crossing into Cadiz

Crossing into Cadiz

Arriving at Cadiz

Arriving at Cadiz

We arrived into Cadiz from the water after a short ferry crossing.  Meanwhile, our bus driver drove into town and met us off the boat.  We set off for a driving tour of Cadiz, on a route which skirted the shoreline.  Cadiz looked like a working city, a port town more than a tourist destination.  The homes and buildings looked weather worn.

“I am relieved now and then to visit a place that has no obvious claims on my admiration; it throws me back on the peculiarities of the people, on the stray incidents of the street, on the contents of the shops.”
— William Somerset Maugham, The Land of the Blessed Virgin:  Sleches and Impressions in Andalusia

Cadiz

Cadiz

IMG_4528

Family playing in fountain, Cadiz

Family playing in fountain, Cadiz

“Cadiz is said to be the gayest town in Andalusia. . . . But I doubt whether Cadiz deserves its reputation, for it always seems to me a little prim.”
— William Somerset Maugham, The Land of the Blessed Virgin:  Sleches and Impressions in Andalusia

“Nor do I know that there is in Cadiz much to attract the traveller beyond the grace with which it lies along the blue sea and the unstudied charm of its gardens, streets, and market-place . . .”
— William Somerset Maugham, The Land of the Blessed Virgin:  Sleches and Impressions in Andalusia

Afterwards, we were given just a scant one hour of free time, so we really did not have time to discover Cadiz’s charms.  I would  have loved to take a long walk along the beachside promenade, but there was simply not enough time to go far.  We were happy to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Cadiz nearing sunset

Cadiz nearing sunset

IMG_4523

Sunset over the Atlantic, Cadiz

Sunset over the Atlantic, Cadiz

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: