Watch Me Cádiz

Couldn’t find a on-street parking spot, so were forced to park underground. Bear in mind that in Spain it’s really hard to find out how much stuff actually costs….Anywhere, from museums to well….car parks – you only find out how much you are paying either right at the entrance (written in super tiny font) or in our case – we actually had to google it as all the car park said that we will be paying a maximum of 18.50 euros per day…. nothing about how much it is per hour.

Cádiz is the oldest city in Western Europe! Again, after being ruled by Romans, Moorish, Catholic kings and who else, this place, like many others in Andalucía demonstrates a huge variety in architecture, culture and art. However, Cádiz was the most important city for Romans (well, apart from Rome, of course) due to a huge storage of a very expensive and highly sort after substance……..salt!

The word salary actually comes from “sal”, which means salt. And the universal money gesture (rubbing the thumb against the four fingers) comes from the action of checking the quality of salt.
The salt used to be transported all the way to Rome and Cádiz citizens in return were the first people (after Romans) to get spectator seats at the famous Coliseum.

Me, pondering the life of a fish….

Cádiz is of course a port city and when the ship was arriving with different goods, like fruits or spices, they would display a certain colour of a flag above their ship. The merchants or citizens of Cadiz would display the same colour flag above their houses depending on what goods they are after. That way the goods could be delivered right at your door (almost like Uber Eats….yeah, I said almost)))
Fantastic tuna – is the pride of the locals. All because of the way the fishermen catch it. They use special nets and fishermen also usually work alone or in pairs to get a hold of the best quality fish.

A regular half-piece of tuna at the renowned fish market in Cádiz.

Cádiz is not a very windy city if you are hiding away in the old town. The angles at which the buildings are positioned don’t let the wind draught through.

Many older buildings are built from so-called “oyster stone” for one great reason: humidity. These stones are retreived from the ocean and are a fantastic building block for a humid city like Cadiz.

If you look at the houses, usually the top floor would be the smallest and would belong to the servants. The next floor down would normally be occupied by the owners of the house. The next one down would belong to offices and the bottom one – to the stores/restaurants. Because the only way you could let some air into your house was through the windows and because the government is evil, you would be taxed for the amount of windows your house had…. so it’s common to see the closed off windows like the top right one around Cadiz.

Top-right window has been closed off for tax evasion purposes.

Tip #1: Don’t even touch the rosemary that the gypsy ladies are holding. They will not leave you alone until you give them money and their scamming machine doesn’t take coins….) And this is not just Cadiz but anywhere in Spain and other parts of Europe.
Tip #2: There are not that many public toilets around, so either plan ahead or find a busy cafe where you can sneak in and do your biz without anyone noticing that you are not a patron.
Tip #3: If you buy tuna at the market, which is located very close to the sea; ask for the tuna to be sliced. You can then take it to one of the cafes at the market and they will cook it for you with a few vegetables and a nice sauce! Tasty and cheap!)
Tip #4: Go to Casa Manteca bar and order cheese with asparagus mermelada, chicharrones speciales (pork) y mojama de atún (cured tuna) – your mouth will thank me 🙂

Casa Manteca and its delicacies FEAT. asparagus marmalade

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