Friday, April 19, 2013

Rota day 6

Rota, Spain

Population 28,516 and 1 creepy dog

Rota is on the bay of Cadiz. 13th Centry castle is now home to Town Hallalong with Baroque Caridad or San Juan Bautista Church and San Roque Church home to the towns patron saint. I cant wait to get there, I love history and looking around old cities so Rota will be a great trip. Driving To Rota was about an hour and a half countryside drive.. It looked like Lancaster Pa. It was great and clean. Allot of the country side was the grapes from the wonderful wine we drank all week. 

The base is amazing and very cool, they are putting us up in a hostile... At first I was like "What?" but the hostile is what we consider a Bed and Breakfast. I could not believe how amazing this place was. The actual view made me think I was on a set of a movie- everything was crisp and vivid. 

Quick history of what I understood:
Rota started sometime in the Bronze age. The Romans  have been given this city called "Astaroth" and they changed the name to "Speculum Rotae" later- taken by the Moors and became "Rabita Rutta".

The Moors left Spain and the Christians took it over in 1297. Because of its great location for Coastal defense  being near the entrance to the Mediterranean sea and great port for trade with North Africa This city has always been part of Spain's great history.

We are across the alley from an amazing pastry shop and we partaken in a siesta.. what a great Idea. Coffee and pastry then a nap in the middle of the afternoon.. I am adopting this into my life.. wait, i already do that.

As we are enjoying a coffee next to this church all of a sudden a bunch of little kids dressed like kings and princesses come walking out of this castle. It was adorable and amazing. This tiny square in Rota has so much beauty happening and we spend maybe 2.5 euros on such a wonderful afternoon. We decided to nap then explore. There was allot to explore. This city is wonderful.

We have a Naval base here, which I mentioned the importance of location. It is known as "gateway to the Mediterranean" Its also the halfway point of US and middle east. We also have a small Army and Airforce base near.. We could say its a very fancy gas station for jets..

The Navy base is kind of a support system for US and NATO ships. Its kind of like the general store for the region providing cargo, fuel, passengers and ammo for anyone who may need that in the region. Its also a great stop for soldiers going into or out of the danger zones.

The walk was so amazing, The old Castles, architectural genius and beautiful beaches. The great part about of traveling with these guys is we talked and took in everything for hours. I love traveling with such great people. Every tour I have done with Armed Forces Entertainment has been with great people.

I love these Spanish Tiles, I really would love to do this if I ever own a house.
The history of tiles have a huge Spanish feel but even further back is an Arab influence from the 11th century.
When the Arabs invaded Spain they brought the ceramic making technology. Due to Christian pressure by the 15th century the factory that made the tiles became more efficient at making these "Spanish style tiles" and started being shipped all over the world by 20th century.