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Oct 8, 2016 - SEVILLA

What a day yesterday was! We walked to Barrio Santa Cruz where the cathedral and Alcazar are. The line to buy tickets looked sooo very long. It ran the length of the wall of the palace complex....a high forbidding wall. We got in line and were soon followed by Brian and Lorraine from Vancouver, BC. We talked travel. Brian covered sports...lots of soccer. He has been to Argentina, Korea and lots of Asian countries as well as Europe. They prefer Asia. It was a short 30 minutes of continuously moving forward as we chatted. Once through the...

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Oct 6, 2016 - Algarve to Seville

Up early and on A22 to leave Portugal behind. We drove through gently rolling hills speckled with whitewashed towns. In no time at all, we are back in Espana. When we stop for lunch we say obrigada but hear back gracias. We turn our watches ahead an hour to Spanish time. With much trepidation we head for Sevilla. Our trusty GPS guides us to Centro and we turn some corners looking for a place to call home. We follow signs for hotels, a hostel and a pension down a narrow one way street. Outside the Galo Pension he doubleparks in the middle of...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Sevilla July 5-7

From Granada, we took a big bus back to the little town of Antequera, then a train ride 155 miles west to Sevilla. This is the sunny capital of Spain’s southern Andalusia region, and during our stay it was hot and humid. Mike (again) chose a very special place for us to stay: Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia. Located in Sevilla’s old Jewish quarter, which dates back to the 13th century, this hotel is a series of quiet rooms along interesting cobbled-stoned walkways, connected by peaceful courtyards. Bubbling fountains, huge pots teeming with...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Seville Day 2 - updated

This morning we got up later than anticipated and headed to the Alcazar. I'm excited as I think the interior of the Alcazar is better than the Alhambra, as more of it has been keep intact whereas a lot of the interior of the Alhambra was looted. We did a small walk around the Alcazar a couple of nights ago too, and saw a brilliant orange\brown coloured lizard inside a house. It was above the door on the glass that let's daylight in. It moved before I could get a good picture, but knowing that there was one so close to the castle, I'm hoping...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Seville

Seville day 1 We decided breakfast in the hotel was too expensive so we would skip it and find somewhere else to eat. We walked down the narrow street outside the hoteliers the cathedral, which is our first stop. We found a little shop after a very short walk. They had cakes in the windows so we knew they would have something for us. We ordered a coffee with milk each, and I went inside to see what they served. The easiest thing was a piece of tortilla (not the Mexican variety). For those who don't know what it is, it's a Spanish omelette...

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May 24, 2016 - Last of Spain

SEVILLE – HOME OF THE FLAMENCO Driving to Seville, we decided to go via Ronda again and see what it was like when it is not pouring rain and in the clouds. What a beautiful drive in the countryside. When we arrived in Ronda, there was some kind of celebration going on and everyone was dressed in some kind of traditional costume. It reminded me a lot of how Klondike Days in Edmonton used to be. We watched a play on the steps of the church. Couldn’t understand a word they said but it looked like a re-enactment of the Spanish peasants...

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Oct 21, 2015 - Seville - so much history

On our last day in Seville we chose to go on a walking tour of the city. In the past we have avoided organised tours but here we have found them to be very informative and a good way of gaining an understanding of what we are seeing. Our guide was a local who is passionate about his city and showing it to visitors. The Seville Cathedral is the largest cathedral, and the third largest church in the world. The General Archive of the Inidies is a 16th century building, next to the Seville Cathedral, which houses 80 million documents and maps...

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Oct 19, 2015 - Seville - Plaza de Espana and Military Museum

The Plaza de Espana was built for the Latin/American exposition (world fair) in 1929 which was hosted by Seville. It is 50,000 square metres in size and is shaped in a half circle of buildings with moat and bridges. It has been used as a filming location for movies including one of the Star War movies,Lawrence of Arabia and a Sasha Baron-Cohen movie. The plaza also features in Simply Red's 'Something got me Started' video clip. The complex now houses government agencies, museums etc. The Regional Military Museum is a three level display of...

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Oct 19, 2015 - Seville city

The weather in Seville has been overcast with showers so we've been dodging puddles as we get around the city. Our accommodation is in a narrow lane in a maze of streets in the old town and we have to consult a map every time we come back to the apartment:-)

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Oct 18, 2015 - Shopping (for girls only)

Some of the window displays in shops are beautiful. The photo of the real life models was taken in the United Colours of Benetton store in Granada where the girls danced to music to entertain the pedestrians (there seemed to be an awful lot of males lingering across the street for some reason!).

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Sep 23, 2015 - Seville

Traveling to Seville 9/23/2015 We left the hotel via taxi and found the first-class lounge at the Cordoba Train Station. Our RENFE AVE electric train left right on schedule at 1:19PM. As the countryside raced past at 150 mph, we were served a glass of wine on this relatively short trip. We arrived in Seville and took a taxi through narrow and twisting streets to our hotel. Glad we weren’t driving! Our hotel (Casa del Poeta) is on a pedestrian only street and we had to walk the few steps to arrive. However, there was no sign telling us where...

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Sep 14, 2015 - Touring Seville

Monday, September 14th. With no distracting noises we both slept until 9:20 am. This meant that we missed the 10 am train to Seville and the next one wasn’t until 12:10pm. Oops, oh well we had a leisurely breakfast then caught the noon train. The countryside was the same that we had driven through just a few days before with farmers’ fields reaching to the horizon, and cattle and sheep grazing on open range land. Sometimes the land was rolling with mountain in the distant and at other times it was flat like the prairies or plains. The train...

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