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Our Second Roadtrip in Andalusia, Spain: Cádiz

Stunning Architecture

A Walk In The Old Town

Finally in Cádiz on the Atlantic coast of Andalusia! We left the surroundings of Malaga around 10 a.m. this morning. On the way, we stopped at a beautiful deserted beach in Tarifa. Then on the road, we allso stopped at another beautiful beach in a natural reserve lost in the middle of nowhere. In short, we arrive in the historic center of Cadiz in the middle of the afternoon. Better late than never! 

Big crush for the city: the seaside reminds me Havana! The old buildings are superb. The pace is indolent in the oldest city of the West founded by the Phoenicians 3000 years ago. A movie set in a soft light, without tourists at this time of the year. The old town is small, we quickly made the tour: I take pleasure in losing myself in its streets and take the same route several times.

        

Castillo de San Sebastián

While we are looking for a café overlooking the ocean, we come across an entrance to this fortress surrounded by water (left photo below): the Castillo de San Sebastián. A very pleasant walk where we can see another point of view of Cádiz (first photo of the article). 

  

The Outdoor Café

  

Very cool, close to the cathedral of Cádiz and facing the ocean: the dream! On the left, when you are facing the Cathedral (back to the ocean). Relaxed atmosphere and great panoramic view! Excellent green olives with our drinks, I don’t want to return to Malaga (our base for this second roadtrip in Andalusia).

And if we stayed in Cadiz, darling? “The beauty of Cadiz has velvet eyes, Chi-ca! Chi-ca! Chic! Ay! Ay! Ay!“, translation: “The beauty of Cadiz has velvet eyes, Chi-ca! Chi-ca! Chic! Ay! Ay! Ay! ” (by Luis Mariano). Sorry (not sorry), I couldn’t help myself! Lol! A little vintage operetta. To be continued beautiful readers … 

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Notre second roadtrip en Andalousie: Cadix

Superbe architecture

Promenade dans la vieille ville

Enfin à Cadix, sur la côte atlantique andalouse! Nous sommes partis vers 10h ce matin, des environs de Malaga. En chemin, nous nous sommes arrêtés à une superbe plage déserte de Tarifa. Puis en reprenant la route, à une autre belle plage dans une réserve naturelle perdue au milieu de nulle part. Bref, nous arrivons dans le centre historique de Cadix en milieu d’après-midi. Mieux vaut tard que jamais!

Gros coup de coeur : le bord de mer à des allures de La Havane! Les bâtiments anciens sont superbes. Le rythme est indolent dans la plus vieille cité d’Occident, fondée par les phéniciens il y a 3000 ans. Un décor de cinéma dans une lumière douce, sans touriste à cette époque de l’année. La vieille ville est petite, on en a vite fait le tour : je prends plaisir à me perdre dans ses ruelles et emprunter plusieurs fois le même itinéraire.

        

Castillo de San Sebastián

Tandis que nous cherchons un café avec vue sur l’Océan, nous trouvons par hasard une entrée menant à cette forteresse entourée d’eau (photo de gauche çi-dessous) : le Castillo de San Sebastián. Très agréable promenade, d’où l’on a un autre point de vue de Cadix (première photo de l’article). 

  

La terrasse

  

Très cool, à deux pas de la cathédrale de Cadix, face à l’océan : le rêve! Sur la gauche, lorsque vous êtes face à la Cathédrale (et dos à l’océan). Ambiance relaxe et chouette vue panoramique! D’excellentes olives vertes pour accompagner nos verres, je n’ai plus du tout envie de rentrer à Malaga, notre base pour ce second roadtrip en Andalousie.

Et si on restait à Cadix, mon chéri? “La belle de Cadix a des yeux de velours, Chi-ca! Chi-ca! Chic! Ay! Ay! Ay!” (par Luis MarianoSorry, je n’ai pas pu m’empêcher! Lol! On finit par un petit air vintage d’operette. A suivre…

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Japan: Hotel Anteroom Kyoto

Konichiwa Kyoto!

Finally arrived! After 14 hours by plane, a really good flight on ANA, with a super quick change of plane (= what a run!) at Narita airport for Osaka. Then an hour in the bus to Kyoto and we finally arrived at Kyoto Station at nightfall.

We take a taxi and 5 minutes later we are in front of the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. I dream of a shower. But it’s already past 8pm and if we want to dine, we barely have time to leave our bags, cool off and go out to find a restaurant. Because the hotel does not have any and serves only breakfasts.

The Room

Simple, Design & Comfortable 

Back from our short dinner break (in one of the food halls of the Kyoto Station), I finally can enjoy our room with two oversized beds, large flat screen, designer sofa and bay window overlooking a small lighted garden. So sool! 

All equipment (including air conditioning) is very comfortable and clean (well we are in Japan, aren’t we)! What a pleasure! When I slip into my Queen size bed, I come across a TV show of two young Japanese on a spree in Corsica! Of course I couldn’t miss it (lololol) and wake up tomorrow around 6am … 

    

The Bathroom & Our Garden

The small bathroom is very well equipped and practical (photos above)l, including useful storage spaces.

And of course a modern shower with Japanese bath and separate Japanese toilets. I do not understand why, we do not have the same in Europe! In comparison our toilets are medieval!

Our room has a small “zen”garden too (rght photo), where we quietly relax before each getaways in Kyoto and its surroundings. I really like this garden area, with just the sound of birds early in the morning. 

Because the hotel is located in a quiet residential area. And the excitement of the city seems far, far away. While we are only 15 minutes walk from Kyoto Station. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Art Gallery In An Industrial Architecture

Kyoto Confidential

We soon felt at home. The team is kind and helpful. Above all do not take offense to the very reserved attitude. And it seemed to us that there were mainly Japanese customers (mostly young and trendy) and few Westerners.

The lobby looks like a New York art gallery, offering its mature to young artists. You can buy art works, but also books, objects and T-shirts. The friendly intimate bar is open on a small Zen-inspired garden (photos 1, 2 and above).

After two nights, we didn’t want to leave this confidential hotel!

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Arigato gosaimasu to the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto’s team. As always these are my opinions.