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Mar 9, 2017 - Seville

We were on the move again, this time to Seville, ancient city and heart of the trading center of Spain for hundreds of year. Did you know that it's on a wide deep river that ocean going vessels (of the day) could sail right into the City, 100 kms inland and trade good there which made it so much easier than the seaports along the coast which invariably were surrounded by mountains. Unknown to me until we arrived in Spain it was Seville that Columbus actually left from on his discovery voyage in 1492. You remember him, the dude who left...

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Jan 10, 2017 - low key Tuesday

Another low key day today, as I got some extra sleep to help get rid of my cough and cold. Patrick ventured out to the Farmicia for some cold medicine. Muy bueno. We did a bit of walking this afternoon and had a late lunch at Cafe Del Carmela in the Santa Cruz neighborhood. I had the menu del dia or menu of the day. Many resteraunts have this option at lunch with several choices of courses including beverage, bread, and dessert for a reasonable price. I had choice of broth or ensalada (I chose the salad which was dressed with olive oil),...

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Jan 9, 2017 - What day is it? Monday

Another beautiful sunny day on Monday. Visited the Plaza de Espana where many government offices are located, and as you can see behind me, is very beautiful. Lots of gorgeous tilework detail. We visited the Foreigners Office to find out what our final requirements are for the Residence card, and we have an appointment to go back on the 18th. Then we had lunch at Cafe Bar Citroen - gazpacho (the cold tomato soup which we are loving) and grilled vegetables. Yummy. Feeling a bit worn out due to our late night enjoying the Packer's playoff...

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Jan 8, 2017 - quiet Sunday - at first

We were up and out early today, but it felt much colder than 42F/6C. Walked north a bit, then returned for an early and extended siesta. We think we're both coming down with colds. The extra sleep might come in handy as Patrick (bless his heart!) found a sports bar a few minutes from here that will televise the Packer game. Due to the time difference, it starts here at 10:30 pm. *** We ventured back out around 7 for beer and tapas at Bodega Santa Cruz. We had seen the place crowded with locals yesterday. The beer was Cruzcampo - a cheap...

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Jan 7, 2017 - Happy Birthday Patrick! and Getting oriented in Sevilla

Feeling a bit jet-lagged today, but managed to do some walking, past Seville Cathedral to the south, and through a bit of Barrio Santa Cruz. Visited a supermercado for some toasties, cheese, and fruit. Seville is a bustling vibrant city and I can't wait to explore more of it. There are rows of loaded bitter orange trees everywhere, used to make vinegar and a marmalade that's very popular in Britain. Birthday dinner with Patrick at 8pm, which is early by Spanish standards. Dined outside (which is very common) at Bodega Gongora. I had pork...

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Jan 5, 2017 - Travel Day

Very long travel day - about 30 hours. Got dropped off at MSP around Noon on Jan 5 and arrived Sevilla just before midnight Jan 6, which is about 5pm CT with a seven hour time difference. Photos from the plane above Paris daytime and Seville nighttime. Eiffel tower just barely seen through the clouds. Photos of Seville Cathedral and Flying Waffle from our rooftop at midnight!

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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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