Cadiz, Spain

2019 HAL World Cruise

Saturday, April 20, 2019

 

We are in Cadiz on the day before Easter Sunday.  The streets are crowded with people and there is a market set up in the main square at city hall.  We are one of 4 cruise ships docked here today and we’re the smallest one, to boot!  But we have the premier pier!  We are directly across the street from all the action!!!!  It’s an easy stroll.

Our goal today was to find decent WiFi so we could update all the devices.  The ship has had a terrible time supplying any decent broadband and passengers are threatening mutiny!!!!  Well, they’re threatening to withhold funds—who wants to pay for high-speed only to, more often than not, have NOTHING.  It’s a bit of a problem.  So, we took a taxi to the coffee shop at El Corte Ingles (where we knew the WiFi was excellent) and enjoyed cappuccinos and unlimited broadband.  Sometimes, life is really good!!!!  Completing that task, we explored the neighborhood around the department store and found a park under the Constitution of 1812 Bridge (Puente de la Constitucion de 1812.)

From there, we headed back to the town hall square, shopped the market, and had our afternoon libation.  We would have stayed for the Easter Parade, but we had to get back to the ship for the monthly “Emergency Drill”.  We set sail shortly thereafter.

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We are on the dock in Cadiz, Spain along with 3 other, larger, cruise ships. this will be a very crowded port! We have noticed, this year, that many more cruise lines are bringing many more tourists to everywhere in the world!!!
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Perhaps because we are a smaller ship, we have an enviable position on the dock. We are directly across the street from the main part of town!!! That is the Cadiz Cathedral in the background.
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Today is the Saturday before Easter. A small market is being set up for today. Later, there will be an Easter Parade .
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There is a park under the bridge, Puente de la Constitucion de 1812. Since this is across the street from the El Corte Ingles, we decided to stroll through it.
Some folks chose this morning to do a little fishing in the park.
Some folks chose this morning to do a little fishing in the park.
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Crossing under the bridge, we came to a resort area with high-rise apartments and a nice yacht basin.
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We returned to the Plaza de San Juan de Dios (where the town hall is located.) There is a statue there of Segismundo Moret y Prendergast. He was a Spanish politician and writer and is honored as a true patriot. He was born in Cadiz on June 2, 1833.
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That is the town hall at the end of the square. And the Iglesia de San Juan de Dios Church is adjacent.
We did stop to shop the market!
We did stop to shop the market!
And then it was time for the afternoon libation.
And then it was time for the afternoon libation.
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And what, you may ask, was the choice for today? This afternoon’s libation is a Brewdog lager.  BrewDog brewery was founded in Fraserburgh, Scotland in 2007; moved to Ellon in 2012; and today, they have 50 bars in the UK and 24 international bars.
It's a craft beer for the people!
It’s a craft beer for the people!

 

Our next port is Lisbon, Portugal.

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