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There are lots and lots of sherry bodegas around the centre of Jerez and we found a few just up the road from us. Mostly they don't do visits or you have to make an appointment but one small one had a sign outside so we went and looked. Into a small door in the wall, and inside dark and with just one elderly man behind an antique counter with a very old huge mechanical ...
... in 1264. Many towns in the area have "de la Frontera" in their name which implies that they were towns that were constantly occupied by different cultures, with fluctuating borders considered as the frontier or edge between the Moors and the Christians. For the two hundred years or so, that the Moors governed Jerez de la Frontera, they built strong infrastructure that we visited today - the defensive system of walls, towers and fortresses, ...
... museum, the horse museum, and took a tour of the stables. However, it was simply watching the horses train in the outdoor arenas that Sahra liked best. We spent a few hours over a few days watching the horses go through their training routines.
Jerez was a great introduction to Spain for us. We even considered extending our stay to catch a local festival but we're glad that we didn't shorten our stay at our next stop, Sevilla.
... and, in general, the fields are greener, with fruit and nut trees more prevalent than further east.
We are happy to spot the iniquitous black bulls - 'Toro de Osbourne' (adverts for the Osbourne brandy de Jerez, here by the Spanish roadsides since the 1960s, and preserved by the wish of the Spanish people when government bureaucrats decreed they should be removed.) We spot eight of them on our journey... none with ...
... of the mirrors, the operator was able to zoom the camera in order to view objects more than 2 kilometers away with surprising clarity. This camera is considered one of the inventions that led to photography because 18th century artists would trace over the projected image to create incredibly realistic landscape "photos." It was very cool and really did seem like you were watching a movie of ...