We were up nice and early this morning--no more Lazy Lunds! After our usual slow wake up with a cup of coffee in our room, we went down for breakfast, then headed right out for our first stop--the central market that we saw yesterday.
The market dates from the mid 1800's, but has been remodeled on the inside. Some of the original architecture, like the columns, have been retained.
The center is all fish vendors. The variety of fish was amazing--sure wish we had one of these at home. It is the best fish market we've ever been to!
This guy has a pedal powered knife sharpening business--pretty ingenious!
After admiring all that wonderful fish and seafood, we walked back through the plaza. There are several of these flower towers around the plaza--they are gorgeous!
We wandered around town, found this wine seller--we could have done a wine tasting, but had already had a glass of wine with lunch. And it was the best wine of the trip--just the house red wine, a Rioja.
Santa Maria has a big bull ring. This bull fighter statue is in a plaza next to the bull ring:
We wandered back to the port area, and caught the 2:30 ferry back to Cadiz, another beautiful sunny trip across the bay. Here we are!
We walked back to our hotel and relaxed for a few hours. We are finding that Spanish Siesta time is messing with our schedules--we're trying to adjust!
For dinner tonight we went back to the same plaza as last night, as we had really enjoyed the fun atmosphere. I think there were even more kids tonight!
We picked a different cafe and had a wonderful dinner. We relaxed for an hour or so with a glass of wine, as the kitchen didn't open till 8:00--no problem!
These are albondigas de Choco--cuttlefish meatballs. They were very good, we'd order them again:
Roasted red peppers with fresh tuna--mmmmm good! The peppers had a wonderful smoky flavor:
We are ready to leave Cadiz--it's a nice little town, but not exactly what we expected. We have had a relaxing three days here though, which is what we wanted for a mid-trip break from hectic sightseeing.
Tomorrow we are moving on! We have a three hour bus ride to Ronda, a small walled town up in the mountains.