Cadiz

Friday, 2 October, 2015

Today after breakfast, down in the bowels again, we get on the bus and travel to the seaside town of Cadiz.

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Architecture

Architecture

Our first stop is at the large Cadiz market where we will buy supplies for a Frank meal extravaganza to be cooked tomorrow.

Entering the Market

Entering the Market

Inside the Crowded Market

Inside the Crowded Market

Being near the Sea, seafood is the main specialty

Being near the Sea, seafood is the main specialty

Amazing Red Prawns - we had to get some

Amazing Red Prawns – we had to get some

BTW: that was Suze in the previous photo taking a shot of these red prawns.

Around the outside was Poultry

Around the outside was Poultry

and Meats

and Meats

Frank bought some naughty Chicharones which are deep fried Pork Skin bits.

Chicharones

Chicharones

My absolute favourite

My absolute favourite

We leave the market and stop at one of the many crowded bars nearby for coffee.

Coffee with Churros, the later not my favourite

Coffee with Churros, the latter not my favourite

We leave the market area and take a longish walk to one of Frank’s favourite Tapas Bars, Casa Manteca – arguably the oldest tapas bar in Cadiz and a
MUST stop for vino and tapas.

Along the way, which is the more hideous

Along the way, which is the more hideous

Inside Casa Manteca

Inside Casa Manteca

After this we are to have a big lunch at a multi Michelin Star restaurant in Cadiz so what do we need to eat here here?

More food of course

More food of course

It really was a delightful Tapas Bar and it was a shame we could not spend more time there.

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We then walk to meet the bus. There is a bit of a delay as Cadiz does not allow buses in the centre and there is a lot of traffic around the outside.

What's this? A Moreton Bay Fig of course.

What’s this? A Moreton Bay Fig of course.

We get on the bus and travel over the new, famous Cadiz Bridge to our restaurant.

Onto the Cadiz Bridge

Onto the Cadiz Bridge

The Constitution of 1812 Bridge, also known like La Pepa Bridge, is a new bridge across the Bay of Cadiz, linking Cadiz with Puerto Real in mainland Spain. From Wikipedia

The Constitution of 1812 Bridge, also known like La Pepa Bridge, is a new bridge across the Bay of Cadiz, linking Cadiz with Puerto Real in mainland Spain. From Wikipedia

We drive to an industrial area full of old factories. One of these factories is our restaurant destination.

Entering the old factory

Entering the old factory

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Entering through the big old door

Entering through the big old door

Obviously the restaurant had a complete refit of the old factory and was very modern and up market inside.

The Restaurant Foyer

The Restaurant Foyer

Through a port hole - reminding us of the area we are in

Through a port hole – reminding us of the area we are in

Many busy Chefs

Many busy Chefs

We were seated at four different tables, a large one and three smaller ones.

We were joined by Carlos our guide

We were joined by Carlos our guide

The Main Table - clockwise: Elisabeth, Frank, Anna, Nora, Linda, Kerry and Alan

The Main Table – clockwise: Elisabeth, Frank, Anna, Nora, Linda, Kerry and Alan

Sue, Virginia, John and Dianne

Sue, Virginia, John and Dianne

Josh, Andrew, Suze

Josh, Andrew, Suze

We asked the restaurant for the menu of all that we were about to had. The following is what we were provided with at the end of the meal.

A bit mangled and not very helpful

A bit mangled and not very helpful

Frank with the Michelin Award winning Chef

Frank with the Michelin Award winning Chef

So off I go here with these many courses.

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The Crab was really nice

The Crab was really nice

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Dessert - the Eyeball was apparently quite good

Dessert – the Eyeball was apparently quite good

The courses were quite impressive in appearance and craftsmanship. The wine was good and the service impeccable. I was certainly glad of the experience but I think Julie summed it up after we left – “I am looking forward to some real food!”.

On the way out we took photos of the girls.

Kerry, Anna and Sue (hiding her moon boot)

Kerry, Anna and Sue (hiding her moon boot)

Nora, Julie and Dianne

Nora, Julie and Dianne

The Bunch of Flowers, sorry Virginia

The Bunch of Flowers, sorry Virginia

At the end of the tour we asked the hypothetical about which of the Spanish towns we visited would we like most to live in. Many of us, myself included, voted for Cadiz. Any way, we get on the bus and head back to our Hotel for the last night in Vejer. Most of us do not feel like any more activities and certainly no more food. However, we eventually made the mistake again of joining Frank at the bar. Eventually most of the group joined us as well. The travails up and down the stairs were made worse by having to go all the way to the bottom and then to the top to go to the Loo.

Not too late a night, thankfully as we are on the road again tomorrow.

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