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Travel Blogs from El Puerto de Santa Maria
... the crowd waiting to board.
The time passed surprisingly quickly as we settled in to munch our way through a large back of crisps and sweets reading and chatting as the train rumbled across Spain. I love to travel like this watching the landscape slide past the window. First we headed down the coast through Tarragona and then inland to Valencia. The ...
... taste some of these things (cooked expertly) before I will
brave buying them. So I bought what I knew, vegetables still sandy from the
ground, fresh eggs, honey with the comb, and olives from a back yard. The small
abuelas (grandmas) spoke no English, but what a connection there is when food
is the currency, and it is grown with care. The resulting lunch was just as
delicious as every moment spent gathering the ingredients. JOYFULL!
And then ...
... no highrise towers, located at the mouth of Guadelete River. Full of historical sites such as 10th century San. Marcos Castle, bodegas (wine cellars) and original home to Sherry and Fino. Nearby is the natural Park full of birds and rivers. From our balcony you can see the river, fountains and the Salina De Los Desamparados where a series of tiered pools that collects and dries sea salt. Santa Maria is an ...
... because of its location on the Guadalquivir River until the 18th century, when the changing sandbanks of the river forced the government to move it to Cądiz, where everything was a little more stable.
A few of the things we saw in Cądiz were the cathedral, a famous wine cellar, and ...
... almost straightaway we were back in Jamon Iberico country. There definitely seem to be more pig and cattle farms in Spain. This time we were a bit further south, in Andalucia. After a few weeks in Portugal we were starting to get used to the hills, which is lucky because there are an awful lot of them in northern Andalucia!
Our first few ...