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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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Staycation @ The JAM Hotel

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Staycation @ The JAM Hotel

This summer, I spent a weekend in the trendiest hotel in Brussels with a friend. I heard so much about the famous terrace. And I was very curious about the interior design, rooms, comfort etc … A former art school transformed into a hotel …

So during the summer in Brussels deserted, I tested this hotspot by myself! 

  

The Room

We let our bags in the lovely simple room with two beds. One is quite unusual and serves (I guess) as an extra bed in a sort of storage (photo montage above). Clever fun design. 

Special mention for the beautiful wall shelf (left picture). The light wood contrasts with the raw concrete and small retro fan. 

The weather is very hot. Yes, (sometimes) it happens in Brussels! The small minimalist bathroom reminds me of some of my Pinterest pins

The Terrace

What a pleasure to discover the terrace with a little corner of greenery and the outdoor pool! We will swim the next morning after the breakfast with the swimming pool and terrace just for us.

Wow, bathing (in the shelter of the glances) in the center of Brussels with a direct view on offices! Being at the heart of urban activity without taking part! This boutique hotel has a really cool concept, architecture, decoration and location.

At The Beginning Of The Evening

The Bar

The staff at the bar is very nice. Slowly, there are more and more people and no more sits on the terrace. No problem as the huge sofa inside is extremely comfortable! With a direct view on the concrete cylinders library! Great! 

Very cool atmosphere and music, we could stay hours and hours. But we have to go dinner Place du Châtelain, because the hotel restaurant is closed. So we have no time to change clothes, we’re already super late (lol)!

Good Night!

Back to the hotel late, it’s the perfect timing for a quick photoshoot of the reception (picture above) and lobby inspired by the Russian Constructivism (picture below). 

The Breakfast

After A Short Night Of Sleep

We chatted until early morning! Then the wake-up was pretty difficult (considering I am not a morning person)! Very good breakfast followed by a long swim in the pool only for us! I laughed a lot when my friend yelled while getting in the water. She is not used to cold water!

Then we go to BOZAR, my Brussels favorite museum (go there!) for the “Yves Klein Theater of the Void” exhibition about the creative process of the artist! Awesome! Photo below : postcards of the exhibition. This museum has always an interesting program.

The interest of being in a hotel close to everything!

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Many thanks to the JAM HOTEL for this lovely stay and to Joséphine and karine! As always, these are my opinions.