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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...Jump to full entry
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!Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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....Jump to full entry
Sep 4, 2015 - Day 15 Seville
Big day today. We are taking a full day tour of Seville which starts at 10:00am with the meeting point close to our hotel. We both had a coffee and croissant at the complimentary pre breakfast offered by the hotel before heading out to the meeting point. We arrived in plenty of time and spent the wait time watching the city wake up. Our bus and guide arrived at 9:40 and we joined the rest of our tour group...14 of us altogether. We toured a number of buildings and gardens that were built for the 1929 Spanish American Exhibition (not sure if...Jump to full entry
Sep 3, 2015 - Day 14 Granada - Seville
On the move again. Off to Seville today so early to rise, check out and catch the bus to the train station. Our lovely receptionist queried why everyone was leaving so early, checked us out and we were on our way. We drove into the clouds as we headed into the mountains. The first ti e we haven't seen the sun for two weeks. We were soon back into it though as we came down the other side. Easy trip to the train station and we arrived with plenty of time. Boarded our train replacement bus and set off for Antequerra Santa Anna where we change...Jump to full entry
Mar 11, 2015 - Sevilla, day 2
Today on our last day in Seville, we awoke to a major morning traffic jam on the small street outside our hotel. Steve was sitting on the bed next to the balcony and all of a sudden the horns started to blow, people began to holler and Steve began to laugh. He reached for his phone to record to commotion. What happened is that there is a renovation project going on to the right of our hotel. A large crane truck (we can not figure out how it got in there) was blocking the entire intersection from all directions while it moved supplies for...Jump to full entry
Mar 11, 2015 - Flamenco show and dinner in Sevilla
Off we went to see the Flamenco show at the museum arriving about 20 minutes before the show began. The room had already begun to fill up so we sat on the row by the back wall - thinking it would be easier to stand up if necessary or to make a hasty escape. As it turns out all the seats were good, except that I had a former female professional basketball player sitting in front of me. Oh well, I bobbed and weaved and managed to see all the important parts of the show! Sevilla is considered the birthplace of the flamenco, and the museum is...Jump to full entry
Mar 10, 2015 - Sevilla
Today we traveled from the Costa del Sol inland to Sevilla - our home for the next two days. Our hotel, Petit Palace de Santa Cruz - is located in the old Jewish section of town east of the Guadalquivir River. The GPS took us straight to the hotel, which is surprising considering the narrow one way streets that twist around like a tangled plate of calamari! Steve waited in the car while I checked in as he had to double park in front of the hotel. We were a couple hours ahead of check-in time, but our room was ready. We were able to unload...Jump to full entry
Oct 17, 2014 - Spain Day 7 - Seville
At last..... a day of no bus riding except in our home-based city! Sevilla, with a metropolitan population of 1.6 million, is the capital of Andalucia and is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain. It has always played an important role in the history of Spain. In Roman times it was a significant port on the Rio Guadalquivir which is navigable to the Atlantic Ocean. When it was conquered by the Muslims in 712, it became the most powerful of the Moorish kingdoms. Reconquered by the Ferdinand III(Christians) in 1248 it quickly...Jump to full entry