Bedlam and Mayhem is how I would describe Friday evening in the town of Sanlucar de Barrameda. It appeared to be a carnival day for the children who were all dressed up in various themes, from pirates to princesses, ladybirds to Batman! The main square was heaving with people and there was even a stage set up on which there was some disco dancing being performed. The streets were awash with children, parents, grandparents and stallholders selling helium balloons, sweets and toys!
We found a bar and had a drink whilst outside was a band of youths, playing drums and singing, which actually sounded rather good!
We walked back to where we were staying overnight and had a drink in another bar that was much quieter!
Yesterday we took our bikes for a ride and I am embarrassed to say that it is the first time the bikes have come off the bike racks since we left the UK! We cycled along the Rio Guadalquivir and passed by the seafood restaurants at Bajo de Guia, continued on through a small town called Bonanza, the very spot from where Columbus and Magellan set sail on their epic voyages and not where you can find the High Chaparel! We followed signs for the Coto de Donana National Park and went off road along the salt lakes and saw some flamingos feeding in the water.
We cycled back to Sanlucar de Barrameda and spent the afternoon soaking up the sun next to the van as we have moved spots in the car park and are now on the front row, facing the sea, for which Tony is very happy and took the time to listen to the football whilst drinking a beer!
In the evening we went back into the town for a bit of site-seeing and there was still a carnival atmosphere, lots of dressing up and performances but this time more teenagers and adults. We walked through the old town and then went to Bajo de Guia for some fresh seafood overlooking the river. Tony chose a plate of mixed fried fish, which was exactly what he got and I had the prawns in garlic, which was exactly what I was given. Tony wondered when the veg was going to appear but I told him that we are in Spain now and not England. There was a party going on with some guitar playing and singing so the atmosphere was good. We tried a glass of the local manzanilla wine, which we thought was an acquired taste but OK.