Thursday, 22 November 2012

Return to Jerez

 It's been over three years since our last visit to Jerez de la Frontera so today we drove for just over an hour to the west of Olvera for another visit. Jerez is the largest city in the province of Cadiz with a population of over 200,000 inhabitants. 
 After finding an underground car park and with no particular plan we started our wanders. 

 The Town Hall.
 The Plaza Arenal.

 The rubbish collectors of Jerez have been in dispute with their employers for twenty days now resulting in mounds of rubbish accumulating on the streets. However, it appears that today an agreement has been reached and the dispute resolved. 
View to the Cathedral.
More by luck than judgement we came across the "Andalusian Flamenco Centre" and ventured inside for a look.
 The beautifully ornate central patio area.

Entrance was free and we wandered around the corridors admiring the drawings, paintings and other exhibits before sitting for a while watching a video in the cinema.

 A bonus was a stunning exhibition of paintings by Nigel Leach, British born but now living in Jerez. Pictured here "Fuego" - Fire.
 More information and pictures can be found on his Facebook page here.

 A sign of the times.

Not real...ornamental. I have to admit that Jerez is not my favourite place. Whether it's because of its size, its lack of small intimate plaza's that you find in other large towns such as Cadiz or Seville or even the time of year that we have visited (previously Feb 09), the atmosphere just feels busy and impersonal. Just a personal view and each to their own but it may be another three years before we return.

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