A Bad Case Of Wind !!

Sunday 8th February

It certainly feels much chillier across here on the Western Coast, the sun was shining and the sky was blue but there was quite a stiff wind blowing, it had quite a bite to it which required us wrapping up warm for our exploration of ‘Puerto de Santa Maria‘. Straight across from the site entrance is a nice wide promenade with a cycle track, although today we had opted to walk, it stretched down to the mouth of the Estuary, passing a lovely sandy beach, then followed the mouth of the river into the town. It was only a Twenty minute walk to the ferry where we would catch the Catamaran across to ‘Cadiz’ tomorrow, subject to the weather. Crossing the road from the ferry terminal led into the narrow streets that made up the ‘old town’. This town is like a lot of Portuguese and Spanish towns we have visited, they have kept the ‘old’ part of their towns and built the modern bits around the periphery, and this town had a very large modern area with its ‘Retail Parks’, but today we were only interested in the ‘old town’.

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Stork feeding its young !!

Stork feeding its young !!

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Taking the photo's has its advantages ! You don't get stopped to partake in a Tourist Information survey !!

Taking the photo’s has its advantages ! You don’t get stopped to partake in a Tourist Information survey !!

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Okay, so I had to get at least one photograph in of the Promenade !!

Okay, so I had to get at least one photograph in of the Promenade !!

Monday 9th February

Fortunately the rain clouds had stayed away, the sun was shining but flipping heck if we thought it was windy yesterday that was just the ‘warm up‘ act for today, it would certainly make the crossing on the Catamaran ‘interesting’ !! The cost for two adult return tickets was only €10.60 (£8.63) for the half hour crossing to Cadiz, I was amazed that the crossing was relatively smooth in the windy conditions, I am not bad on boats but Shazza doesn’t have ‘Sea Legs’, probably why we are Fulltiming in a Motorhome and not Fulltime Liveaboards in a Yacht, the fact that I cannot sail may also have a little bit to do with it as well !!

Our 'Chariot' arrives, well actually it's a Catamaran, probably best I stuck to dry land eh !

Our ‘Chariot’ arrives, well actually it’s a Catamaran, probably best I stick to dry land eh !!

Cadiz Cathedral dominates the skyline as you approach.

Cadiz Cathedral still dominates the skyline as you approach even though it now has more modern competition !!

They take security serious here, look at the size of that padlock !!

They take security serious here, look at the size of that padlock !!

You can walk around the battlements and get some great views !!

You can walk around the battlements and get some great views !!

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There are some lovely 'Green Areas' as you walk around the battlements !!

There are some lovely ‘Green Areas’ as you walk around the battlements !!

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Hey up ! Can anyone else hear running water ?

Hey up ! Can anyone else hear running water ?

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Eric & Dave do Cadiz !!

Eric & Dave do Cadiz !!

Hang on ! I know this is an Island but nobody mentioned 'Jurassic Park' !!

Hang on ! I know this is an Island but nobody mentioned ‘Jurassic Park’ !!

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Stunning views of the Cathedral from the Battlements

Stunning views of the Cathedral from the Battlements

It had taken us a good couple of hours to ‘stroll’ around the outer walls of the City, we were now ready for a spot of lunch and some exploration of the inner parts of this fantastic place. Although the photographs show nice turquoise sky and water, they cannot show the winds that had been battering us, we needed to try and get some shelter and hoped the narrow streets would provide us with some respite, unfortunately they didn’t, in fact they made it worse with the narrow walled streets just acting as a funnel for this almighty force of nature. We found a nice looking ‘Tapas’ Bar and the pavement tables looked inviting swathed in sunshine, however, after ordering our drinks and assorted ‘Tapas’ we couldn’t put up with constantly holding down the tablecloth to prevent it from flying off like a kite, our drinks and cutlery with it !! so we moved inside, as did a German couple who had been sat next to us. Immediately opposite the ‘Tapas Bar’ was the main ‘Market’, however it was closed for the ‘Siesta’ period, we keep forgetting about this bloody ‘Siesta’ !! A few doors down, amongst all these old buildings was a very large ‘Carrefour‘ supermarket, Shazza went inside to see if she could get some ‘fresh’ milk, we were getting fed up of the ‘UHT’ stuff and we had been unable to find any in ‘Puerto de Santa Maria‘, she exited triumphant with two large plastic bottles of the stuff !! Then it was time to explore some more and what we found utterly charming about Cadiz was that there was no main shopping street, all of the shops were tucked away down little narrow streets which occasionally opened up into small ‘Plaza’s‘.

Just one of the many narrow shopping streets

Just one of the many narrow shopping streets

This was supposed to be an innocent photo showing another of the many little streets, it seems however that I may just have witnessed a 'drugs deal' going down (see two men on the right !!) Ooops !!

This was supposed to be an innocent photo showing another of the many little streets, it seems however that I may just have witnessed a ‘drugs deal’ going down (see two men on the right !!) Ooops !!

Then suddenly the streets would converge into little 'Plaza's'

Then suddenly the streets would converge into little ‘Plaza’s’

Although there was no rush to get back, the Catamaran ran every half hour except over the ‘Siesta’ period, the last one wasn’t until 10pm. However, the strong wind was growing ever stronger and with it came a bit of a cold bite, on a hot summers day we could have spent several more hours here, but for today we had had enough, so we made our way back to the ferry terminal. Cadiz Island is not very long, there is a ‘tourist bus’ but to be honest it is far better to walk, you get to see so much more, but I would say that you could see it all in one day but it is well worth the visit. Our return crossing was the first after the ‘Siesta’ period at 4:30pm, we still had a good half an hour to wait but the terminal provide a very good (fast connection) WiFi ‘Hot Spot’, the girl at the ticket desk gave us the p assword so we were able to check our Emails, and other bits and pieces, which passed the time quite quickly. Now the outward journey was totally different to the return one, the waves and the ‘white horses’ were out in force, racing to see which could smash into the sides of our boat the hardest, I quite enjoyed it, Shazza didn’t voice an opinion, in fact her sun tan had gone from a nice Olive Brown colour to a pale shade of green !! I don’t think she was enjoying it as much as me for some reason ?

By the time we had walked back to the Campsite the wind was raging, I knew that I should have gone easy on those ‘Shrimp Tortillas’. The ‘Caravan Awning’ brigade were out in force, hammering pegs into the ground as if their lives depended on it, in truth, their lives probably did as this was no light evening breeze, even the large thick trunked trees were creaking, I was praying that none decided to uproot and fall in ‘Big Mommas’ direction, water in a tank of Diesel I can live with, just, but a ‘Cabriolet Motorhome’ I could live without than you very much !!

It had not been a very pleasant night, we were kept awake most of it wondering whether five tonnes of Motorhome could withstand the battering it was taking, this was not just a strong gust every now and then, this was a relentless non-stop assault !! I don’t know exactly when we had actually managed to fall asleep but we did, when we awoke the wind had abated considerably but now came the pitter patter noises on the roof, these were not scheduled until Wednesday, but then again, that’s the ‘Works of Fiction’ for you !!

There were things we had planned to do, a bicycle ride along to the Marina and perhaps a visit to one of the ‘Sherry‘ houses but it was not going to be, not today at least and with no foreseeable let up in the declining conditions we made another one of our ‘flexible’ decisions, it was time to move to a much milder, a much more settled climate again……..

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14 Responses to A Bad Case Of Wind !!

  1. Dana says:

    I greet you from Bohemia – Dana Hejnalova

  2. anteater says:

    Lovely photos Eric. Funnily enough I didn’t think Cadiz would look like that!! I think I expected it to be like Cordoba (though we haven’t been there)! Let’s hope you guys don’t have any more disturbed nights from dogs, nightclubs, roads, Dutchmen needing help, contaminated fuel injectors, rain, wind, or anything else for the remainder of your trip! lol

  3. Some really great photos here Eric! Both Puerto de Santa Maria and Cadiz look like must see towns. Glad to see you are both living the dream once again! Do you know which camper park you will be looking after back in the UK?

  4. debsk31 says:

    Great pics again Eric, hope your next journey to wherever 🙂 goes well, looking forward to hearing where you ended up and hopefully not so windy. Have to ask has Sharon stopped baking, used to love seeing the cakes she made, always gave me a push to bake a cake at the weekend!! Applications have been sent off ….

    • Sharon stopped baking when we were conserving gas, she hasn’t made any since we topped up though 😪 let us know the results of your application, before your Interviews/Assessment day we will give you some useful nods and winks 👍 can’t say either of us are looking forward to coming back, it’s not the jobs, just that we enjoy the ‘freedom’ of travelling and are impatient to do even more 😄

      • debsk31 says:

        Hi Eric, sorry for delayed response, been ill last 5 days with some irritating throat virus, must be the weather, lol 🙂 Can imagine the throught of coming back is not top of your list, i can see us being exactly the same if our path takes us on a similar journey to yours, having said that if we get to spend 4-5 months a years not working I’m thinking it has to be worth it. House goes on the market at end of this week once piccies have been taken, things are moving, albeit slowly x love to you both x

        • Sorry to hear that you havnt been too well 😧 hope you are feeling better soon 👍 the WiFi here is a bit hit and miss at the moment so getting to access the blog and comments is somewhat frustrating 😤 certainly is a nice feeling to know that at the end of a season you can get away for an extended period of ‘months’ not weeks 😄 We will keep our fingers crossed for you both 👍

  5. Baxterbus says:

    glad it wasn’t just this side of Europe that the wind has been hammering motorhomes then 😦 Photos look brilliant, makes you remember how much Spain has to offer.

    • Yes the winds were pretty bad but we have moved back to one of our favourite spots, temperatures much the same within one or two degrees during the day and warmer at night, more importantly the wind is 3-4mph and not 24mph !! I am warming to the Southern parts of Spain, not at all how I imagined and the people are all so friendly. Will probably give Portugal a miss this Winter and explore a bit more of the South West Coast of Spain, below Valencia 😄 Stay Warm and keep up the fantastic work on the blog 👍 Trust Iain is feeling better now 😉

  6. Debs says:

    Great Photos Eric looks like a wonderful place……..
    I think i would have been green on that Catamaran even if it was calm lol

    • I was disappointed when we missed doing Cadiz the first time around due to bad weather on that Coast. So really pleased to have got back to do it 😄 if you don’t like boats you can catch a train 👍

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