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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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Sep 13, 2015 - On the road again.......

Today we travel to Malaga... or as it is better known Spain's Costa Del Sol. My understanding is that this is more just a resort beach community not so much steeped in heavy historical moments. That's fine for us as we got a little overwhelmed in Seville. Chat with you more from Malaga!! OLE!

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Sep 12, 2015 - A few of Seville's secrets revealed...

The past two days have really begun a new journey through history for Tom and I. Seville played roles in so many of the historical events that we barely scratched the surface of in school. First yesterday Tom and I visited the Cathedral de Seville. It is true Christopher Columbus is entombed in this Cathedral. The entire monument is approximately 10' long x 6'wide x 15' tall. There are 4 pall bearer's in armor of the day carrying with honor Christopher Columbus in a carved draped "coffin". Very majestic... the Cathedral itself is massive...

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Sep 11, 2015 - Seville - Or as I keep saying.....what the heck is going on here???

As Tom and I sat in the train station waiting for our train to Seville I pulled out the book on Spain Andrea had given to Tom a few years back. Once again not having a clue as to its history or what we would do once there. The first paragraph said something like "if you only see 2 cities in Spain you must go to Toledo and Seville". It went on to say Seville was the Capital of the province Andalusia and when Christopher Columbus came back from exploring the new world he landed here, which is a little odd because this is not a seaport. There...

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Sep 11, 2015 - A night at the Opera????

Okay not really the "Opera" per Se. We finished our 1st night in Seville dinner early, at about 11:00. Ha ha ha ha ha! Funny in San Carlos California time... serious in Seville and it's hard to believe we're good with it. Even young children are out and about. School must start at noon then, of course, break for lunch and siesta at 2:00. But I digress.... on our way back to our hotel we heard a choir signing. Okay it wasn't really a choir or opera. However it truly was music to my ears. Right across the street from our Hotel there was a...

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Sep 11, 2015 - a few questions answered

After unpacking Tom and I eventually found our way back to the reception desk and ventured out to lunch right across the street. It was a scorching 32 degrees Celsius (feeling like 100 F)the outdoor café had misters which lessened the effects of the heat. We then braved a walk around town to just sort of to get accustomed to our new location. We walked past the cathedral and Alcazar (royal palace - built many hundreds of years ago and still in use today) we walked towards the canal and passed by a bull fighting arena still in use today....

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