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Oct 16, 2018 - The Amazing Alcazar Palace

I can’t imagine writing anything that would supplement the huge volume of admiration for this building at your fingertips online. So, for your convenience here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite sites culturetrip.com; The ‘Reales Alcázares de Sevilla‘, as it is known in Spanish, is a royal palace which was built by the Moorish rulers who occupied the peninsula from the 8th century onwards. In the 13th century, the Spanish Reconquista was in full swing and the Catholic Kings of Spain claimed the palace as their own. This marks the...

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Oct 16, 2018 - The Cathedral of the Catholic Kings Seville

My father-in-law Ken McColl described visiting Europe as going on an ABC tour. By which he meant “Another bleeping castle and another bleeping cathedral.” I am sure happy his son feels more positive about those kinds of tourist attractions than he did. The Seville Cathedral was consecrated in 1507 and to this day it remains the largest cathedral in the world.Both St. Peter’s basilica in Italy and Our Lady of Aparecida basilica in Brazil are larger Catholic churches, but by definition they are not cathedrals. Apparently that is a meaningful...

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Oct 15, 2018 - Culture - Let’s Talk Futbol

On our hot and sunny Seville walkabout Sunday we happened upon an exceptionally large all-male crowd spilling out of an Irish pub and flooding the sidewalk for several shopfronts beyond it. Of the more than 100 fellas, several were half-dressed, most were more than half cut. We’d inadvertently stumbled across the lair of the legendary soccer hooligans. These specimens, however, were out of their native habitat - they were of the English variety, obvious by the Manchester United and other banners on display. Later that day we learned at...

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Oct 15, 2018 - Rainy Days & Mondays & The History of Sephardi Jews

Hanging around. Nothing to do but frown; Rainy days and Mondays always get me down. - Carpenters song, 1971 Given the high volume of weekenders, most of the major tourist attractions in Spain close on Mondays. That conspires to make entertaining oneself on a rainy Monday a challenge. We’d seen the forecast and identified that an interpretive centre dedicated to the history of the Jewish Quarter of Seville was open. Armed with a daypack of umbrellas and raincoats we set off to locate the one museum open that day. It started as a light...

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Oct 14, 2018 - The Ole de Toro (Bull Fighting)

As with the Torre de Oro, we went on the bull ring tour with our eyes wide open, rather than romanticized by notions such as those set out in the famous opera Carmen. We had attended a bullfight in Mazatlan, Mexico on Christmas Day, 1983. Frankly, Dec. 25 is such a high holy day in Mexico there wasn’t much else going on. So, like so many locals, we bought tickets for an afternoon of five “exhibitions” (a euphemism if ever there was one). The only truly entertaining part was the display of the crowds’ affection for the Matador, billed as...

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Oct 14, 2018 - The Torre de Oro (Tower of Gold)

On this day, we walked the riverfront for a 7.8 km loop that included two terrific historical sites/museums. But before I go on, a bit of our own history seems appropriate. In Spring 2018 we visited the Museo de Oro in Bogota, Columbia. It contains 55,000+ pieces of gold and other materials from all the major pre-Hispanic cultures in Colombia. We were enthralled by beauty of hand-crafted ceremonial, ritual, decorative and monetary pieces. We were appalled by the waves of genocides undertaken by the Spanish invaders. So it was bizarre to...

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Oct 13, 2018 - Alcázar

When the Romans first founded what became Seville, it was abut a mile inland. Last night our captain sailed up the Guadalquivir River for five hours, a treacherous trip from what he told us. Nothing like a few centuries of silt and a tsunami or two to lengthen a river sixty miles. In 700AD the Muslims moved in and stayed for 500 years. We've learned in school that the Spanish Inquisition was an effort, ultimately successful, to kick them out again. In actuality the inquisition was started by the Catholic Church to kick out the Protestants...

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South by Southeast

Oct 12, 2018 - Seville - An Unsettling Settling In

Having had a positive Eurostars experience in Santander we were pleased to find their property in Seville, the Regina, was likewise located a walkable distance from the sites of this historical city. The room was nice, but it had warmed alot through the afternoon. I was keen to open the patio door to the narrow Juliet balcony and air-cool our new space. The door had a very tight handle and seal and needed a tug. Well darned if my well-trained climber’s grip and mannish biceps didn’t pull the whole thing off its hinges! I was mortified...

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May 28, 2018 - Seville

A record - two days in a row. Arrived in Seville last night, went for a ride into town after dinner and again today. A beautiful city, with lots happening, lots to look at. Biking very easy and a good way to cover a large area. Much easier for Ken than walking. Had tapas for lunch - three different, small, crunchy buns - one with pork and apple, one with black pudding and the other with pulled pork, beef and chorizo. Very tasty, with a wine and beer. Several large parks in the city and a big range of old buildings. Biked through a large...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Seville, Spain

June 10-11: Seville Accommodation: Puerta Catedral. Second floor (carry up the luggage) studio apartments on a shop-filled, narrow, but main street feeding into the Cathedral and center old town a half block away. Adjusting the life-style. Our two days in Seville (Sa ve’ ya) have been a climate and cultural experience. As temperatures reach 42C (107F) we learned quickly to acclimate to the city’s life flow. Out early mornings for sightseeing until 2:00; lunch; back to the room until 8:00 (journaling, paying bills, emails, French Open,...

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May 1, 2017 - Seville

As we arrived in Seville it is not only a holiday, their Labor Day , but it is also Feria, the 10 day festival. So it is crowded but very interesting. The women dress in their flamenco dresses, the men in their finest and the stroll to the festival grounds or ride in horse or donkey carriages. In 1928 the World's Fair was to be held in Seville hosted by Espana and the Americas. While it was not well attended due to the economic conditions of that year, many beautiful permanent buildings were built and remain. We were able to see and visit...

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Espana

Apr 28, 2017 - Seville, last day in Spain

Friday 28th April 2017, Seville, last day in Spain Woke to rain for the first time in 3 weeks. Never mind on with coats and umbrellas and off to the 3rd largest cathedral in the world. Opulence and more opulence. Told a story over 2 hours. Such wealth. Saw C. Columbus' box. Lots of gold, silver, timber carving everything on a huge scale. Climbing up the 11 floors of the bell tower gave us a wonderful view of the rain over the city. Yes this church has more bells than any other in Spain. Drizzling, so I dragged Chris on a 11 km jaunt in the...

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