Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia Jul 24, 2016 13:05:57 GMT
Post by lugg on Jul 24, 2016 13:05:57 GMT
I recently spent a week in the Andalucian province of Cadiz, visiting Jerez first for a couple of nights. I barely scratched the surface of this city, but here is a little of what I did get see in the day and half.
Jerez is home to the famous Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and so of course as a horse lover I had booked tickets for a show. I have very few pics of the show itself due to restrictions on photography, I did sneak a few but they are pretty poor.
The grounds of the riding school are very grand, much grander than any other riding school I’ve visited. Both the outdoor and indoor arenas are huge .
These next photos are of the exterior of the indoor school
A couple that I managed to sneak during the show…
After the show we wandered down towards the stable area where you could get close to a couple of horses.
I noticed that a few storks had decided the roof of the stables was a “des res” and quite suitable for bringing up their young.
There were a couple of grumpy Przewalski's horses
…and a couple of aged/retired or rescued Andalusians
The hotel we stayed in was just a short walk from the riding school so I snapped some flora as we walked back along the street and through the hotel grounds ,
I did manage a few dips in the hotel’s lovely pool, a welcome relief from the heat and humidity,
Time to explore the city a little and try some sherry of course. The hotel was an easy walk into the city ; a little of what we passed on our way to the medieval centre.
Old blends with new…
The detail on this horse and carriage sculpture was outstanding,
Of course there were real life tourist carriages too,
The start of the cities heart, some streets are pedestrianised which makes walking pleasant , we had a vague idea of the general direction we were heading – to the cathedral first and then to a sherry bodega for a tour and a tasting.
We saw a lot of these wall shrines over the next few days
Spot the model stork ?we saw a few of these – not sure if they were there as decoration or served some function
A glimpse of the cathedral’s tower helped us find our way
Jerez cathedral – the Cathedral San Salvador was a church until 1980. The present building was started in 1695 but is a mixture of styles due to the length of time to completion. It stands on the site of a former mosque. The tower pre-dates the present building and it is thought may have been a minaret originally.
Traces of the blue decoration on the stonework remain but are faded and parts of the stonework look in sore need of some tender loving care,
The style inside is restained, quite dark in places although light floods through a beautiful dome
Of course there are the occasional splashes of colour
Back outside, we saw the statue of the founder of the Gonzalez Byass bodega and became aware that we were very close as the smell of sherry was quite potent.