Monthly Archives: December 2018

A rainy day in Cadiz

A rainy day in Cadiz, that’s all I had planned !

Well, not really, I didn’t expect to be so rainy, but it was ok : I just had a day to spend in this pretty town, while on my roadtrip in Andalucia.

And actually, it was only because someone I knew really loooooovvvved Cadiz, and told me about it, that I’ve planned to spend “so much” time in town, because even searching in my travel books, I couldn’t find really any informations or reason to spend a day in Cadiz.

And I don’t regret I did !

Indeed, Cadiz is a lovely town, even under pouring rain because at least, tourist (but me) are rarely brave enough to wander the streets when it’s raining cats and dogs.

Oh, and I love the sea in wintertime, and that day, in Cadiz, was quite lovely, because you barely could see the color difference between the sea and the sky 🙂

So I put my camery under an heavy rainy protection, and wandered for a few hours in the streets, and then at the beach in Cadiz… And I really loved that day, although totally wet, let’s be honest 🙂

So put your raincoat on, I take you for a walk under the rain, in Cadiz 🙂

I can totally imagine Cadiz in summertime, being so busy with tourists, with its beaches all covered by colorful towels… But when I was in Cadiz, in November, under the rain, to me, it was really perfect ! 🙂

The next stop of this roadtrip in Andalucia will take you to the white villages of the National Parc of Grazalema….

Jump back in the car, and let’s go !

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Sevilla in November

Sevilla in November ? Why not !

Here is the 2nd stop of my roadtrip in Andalucia, although the 1st one was not in Andalucia, (a week-end in Bilbao, half way between where I live in France and Andalucia, was the best stop before reaching Sevilla)

From Sevilla, I’ve shared some photos already here, when I went, few years ago, at the feria to dance.

But Sevilla in november, I thought so, had a different mood in the air, although I didn’t think it would be so different from the feria, it actually was.

Sevilla still is to me one of my favorite city, even in winter.

Still quite touristic at that time of year, that was another surprise….

So here are some photos of my few days visiting Sevilla in November, to see again these places and streets I love so much. The rest of my roadtrip in Andalucia will be an exploration of unknown lands for me, so stay tuned on my blog 🙂

What I couldn’t wait to see again in Sevilla, was the Alcazar !

I arrived in the  entrance line in early morning, and was quickly surrounded by more tourists, although it was still a few compared to the crowd I saw in April.

Except that this time in November, we had rain…. but it was fine because a gorgeous palace and a beautiful garden, even with rain, remains gorgeous 🙂

In the en, that garden, in early morning, was fantastic once the rain stopped pourring. There was a delicious smell of flowers and wet dirt in the air, and wet leaves on the ground. Birds couldn’t care less about the rain and kept singing a serenade to me, so that was just perfect !

That place is gorgeous, and once again, I loved getting lost there, wandering here and there, trying to look at things from a different point of view.

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Then walking to Plaza de Espana , once again, not as crowded as usual. Low season is the best ! 🙂

and wandering in the streets….

to Métropol Parasol, to have a look at the city from up above 🙂

Sevilla in november, that also : a sky not really blue but oh so much more interesting in terms of texture and light 🙂

Keeping my streets explorations… day and night.

And ending up my visit of Sevilla by the district of Triana, who has changed a lot since my last visit, almost 5 years ago.

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Wandering along the river, and going back slowly to the center of the town….

and then hit the road again and continue my exploration of Andalucia.

Sevilla in november was a bit rainy but not all day and not every day of my stay in town. That was a different way to discover that city that I loved so much when I first went for the feria. A city without dotted dresses and dancers at each street corner this time. A more peaceful but less musical way to discover a city and its history.

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A week-end in Bilbao, Spain

A week-end in Bilbao, that was the 1st stop for my roadtrip to Andalucia (my sumup in photos here)

I hear you say : hey but Bilbao is not in Andalucia, it’s Bask country and you are right!

But from where I live, in Auvergne (central France), Bilbao is just half-way to my destination.

But before arriving in Bilbao for the week-end, I suggest that you stop at San Sebastian. A friend of my suggested to visit that town, and I’m glad, because it was really worth it.

I could compare Bilbao to a mix between Lyon and San Francisco.

San Sebastian made me think about a mix between Paris and Bandol, a small village in South of France. (and you are right, that could sound like an ankward mix on the paper, but : a cute historic town, bridges, and river walkway, and the beach with seagulls, a port, yep a charming town indeed !

I arrived in San Sebastian in early morning, at around 8h30, on a Saturday, after driving from France part of the night. What a fantastic view to have the sun caressing the beach and the sound of seagulls, laughing at the town slowly waking up, to celebrate my arrival in Spain !

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Charming ! That’s the word that would best sumup these few hours spent in San Sebastian, and I would be happy to come back there. For a drink with friends, or with my boyfriend to enjoy the beach for the week-end, or with my family… well, that would be if I had a Golden Retriever to play and run with on the beach 🙂

So I kept driving tooooooooo

BILBAO !

Bilbao, as mentionned above, wasn’t the purpose of my trip, but I thought about it as a good option, because honestly, 1000 miles between where I live and Sevilla required a pause somewhere half-way.

So why not Bilbao ? And I’m glad I did, oh what a lovely surprise !

Bilbao reminded me a bit of Lyon, for it’s narrow old historic district, but also San Francisco, for it’s street going up, and it’s colorful architecture.

And I loved it !

I love Plaza Nueva, in early morning, when book sellers were opening their booth, I loved the city waking up slowly after a crazy saturday night (I do love cities in early morning), and walking along the river with this so pretty winter light.)

I really enjoyed being a bit stressed and scared by the funicular (I am not the bravest lady who’s not scared of heights), and then overlookin at the city and hills and mountains surrounding it. And later on, going down the hill, with a voice screaming in my head to the funicular’s driver : but brakkkkkkkkkkkeeee ! 🙂

I also loved being suprised by the Guggenheim museum, worldly famous, but in my head, it was located differently in the city. Gorgeous piece of architecture which beauty was, once again, highlighted by the winter morning light.

It’s weird to know a place in photo, but finally feel you never saw it. To find it so differently pretty when you see it in real 🙂

I would love to go back actually 🙂

And if you want to go out of the city for a few hours, I strongly suggest to go and have a look at the city of  ONATI, a pretty village, very well preserved, at about 60km (40 miles) away from Bilbao. Once again, I get out of my car and was WAOW ! and off-season it was perfect : the town was empty, and I had the streets for myself….

So here was for a busy week-end in Bilbao, a pretty and surprising stop, while on a roadtrip to Andalucia. A kind of appetizer for the beginning of my vacation in Spain. The best way possible to start this trip.

More to follow…. coming soon.

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