Friday, October 17, 2014

Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia

Medina-Sidonia plaza  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

On our first afternoon-into-evening drive from our home base in Conil de la Frontera we headed north to Cadíz, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest of Western Europe. We thought we'd be stepping into a grand ol' dame of a city, and to its credit, we did have a breathtaking view as we drove down the long skinny peninsula to reach the heart of the port town as the sun gleamed off of all the marble buildings, but...we didn't really enjoy Cadíz very much.

We also didn't spend very much time there—and how good of a judgment can you really make of a place after just one meal and an evening stroll? But, it felt like something was missing. Even after asking locals we still weren't able to find a good, welcoming restaurant with authentic local food for dinner, which I thought was odd. We did end up having a nice meal, but something was off.

Cadíz market  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Cadíz  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

We had better luck at our second stop of the next day's drive (more to come on our first, which warrants its own post!) when we visited Medina Sidonia based solely on my having come across the name of the Count of Medina Sidonia when reading about Queen Isabella I of Castille and realizing it wasn't too far away.

It also helped when I mentioned to R that this particular pueblo blanco (white town) is famous for their alfajores, a spiced honey and almond treat that reminded me of Middle Eastern and Indian delicacies and him of his native Sicilian ones. We visited after dinner in another town and so we took a walk admiring the architecture and realizing once again that nothing compares to sunset in a Southern European plaza (or piazza).

The first picture in this post was taken just a moment before all the toddlers jumped up from their families' tables at cafès ringing the plaza to begin zooming about on their scooters and in their little toy cars and before the little girls with pink ribbons woven through their braids began sauntering by boys still too young to notice them.

Beyond them were the grandparents perched on benches nodding along to each others' stories (when they weren't interrupting one another with proclamations of the new amazing thing their own grandchild did that day).

Meanwhile we ordered two espressos and dug into our bag of pastries.

Medina-Sidonia church  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Medina-Sidonia plaza  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

Updated—other Andalucía posts:
After 9 years, 9 days in southern Spain
Postcard from Andalucía
Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga 
Postcard from Andalucía: Granada and La Alhambra
Postcard from Andalucía: Nerja + Marbella
Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa
Postcard from Andalucía: Conil de la Frontera
Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera
Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  
Postcard from Andalucía: Sevilla   

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