We've left our last port, Cadiz, and it was a memorable one. When we docked Tuesday, we looked for the buses to take us to town and we were told none were needed because the main part of Cadiz was at the end of the dock. Right they were!
The old city, the best part, was right at our doorstep. This city was amazing. Its history stretches back 3500 years to the Phoenicians who made a trading port here. It has also been ruled by the Romans, the Visigoths, the Moors and the present-day Spanish. Columbus sailed two of his four journeys to the New World from this port. It has been attacked by the English, Dutch, French and Barbary pirates over the years. Huge walls remain around much of the old city as a testament to those ancient battles. The old city is a warren of alleys and squares dating from the 1500's. Cadiz had the monopoly on Spanish new world trade from 1700 and the fortunes brought in built this city as it is today. The magnificent cathedral in the center is a testament to the wealth of this trade. The streets are filled with shops, cafes and restaurants.
There was plenty for everyone to do in the old city alone. But, present-day Cadiz is much larger. The new city to the east, also has a trove of attractions. There are two gorgeous beaches there that were in walking distance of the pier and many of the cadets spent their time swimming and soaking in the sun. The College, as usual, arranged some great trips. There was a tree safari with a climbing obstacle course and zip-lining. There was also a jeep safari that took us east along the beautiful coast as far as Trafalgar, visiting cliffs, a fishing village and some fun beach towns. In addition, there were also three days of trips to Seville, 100 miles to the North. Cadets got to visit the Spanish Square, the Cathedral, the Alcazar Palace and many of the other sites of this great city as they could fit in.
With everyone back on the ship and accounted for, we departed on Saturday morning, heading west to return home. We have 16 days of sailing and lots of work ahead of us until the end of this voyage. On to New York.
Please enjoy some of the images captured: