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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...

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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...

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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...

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Spain - March 2015

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...

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Spain - March 2015

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...

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Spain - March 2015

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...

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Oct 16, 2014 - Spain Day 6 - To Ronda, Jerez, Seville

I think today was 3 days all rolled into one! We had sightseeing tours in 2 towns in addition to riding 5 plus hours on the bus! However, even with our usual early morning departure, I felt refreshed after having a free evening and earlier sleep time last night. We began our day with a drive away from the coast and up into the mountains to the picturesque town of Ronda. This is one of the most spectacularly located cities in Spain, sitting high in the Serrana de Ronda Mountains on a limestone cleft, divided in 2 by a deep 400-500 foot...

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Jun 26, 2014 - Seville and tapas, is there anything else out there?

Back in Spain, beautiful Seville and tapas for lunch and dinner....... Just love it. Portugal was interesting, ancient, historical but no real 'oomph' to it, nothing to get the blood rushing, Portugal is a 'been there, done that' sort of place for me. My expectations had been higher. But, I have fallen in love with Spain, (despite their lack of Portuguese tarts) it's alive, interesting and they serve tapas for lunch and dinner. We are staying in a shabby little hotel with plenty of character, right in the old city down one of the laneways,...

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Jun 1, 2014 - Ready for School or to go home...

School starts tomorrow. I am very excited, but also very nervous. I have been having very bad anxiety and painic attacks. It is the worst pain i have ever felt. I want to go home. everything is so different and scary. I feel completely alone and scared.

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May 24, 2014 - Seville - I need more time!!!

So far I have planned this trip almost perfectly. Just about the right amount of time in each city, efficient transportation to and from each location, great hotels for the money, etc., etc. BUT I made one mistake - I didn't schedule enough time in Seville. I didn't even come close to scheduling enough time. I have posted pictures of a few things I only was able to see the outside of. I didn't even get close enough to take pictures of the 1992 World's Fair site. There is a Calatrava Bridge. That area is out a little ways from the old part...

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May 22, 2014 - Seville - 1929 World Expo - Iberian Pavilion

World Expositions, then and occasionally now, are to allow those hosting them to brag about themselves and show off new technologies, industries and generally sell themselves to the world. Off the promenade porch there would have been exposition rooms showing off the Iberian peninsula's newest and best of everything. Some of the facilities were built to be temporary, as the Eiffel Tower was. These buildings were probably built to be permanent. The craftsmanship was incredible as you can see from all the intricate tile work. These buildings...

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May 21, 2014 - Seville - Real Alcazar Sevilla (Royal Palace)

I just happened on this during my initial walk around the area where I am staying. I had been so looking forward to the Alhambra and it lived up to my expectations but in some ways I am more impressed with this palace. It is definitely in better shape but it has always been in use and never suffered any devasting attacks, just an earthquake. It has been repurposed and reconstructed but the original "bones" are still there. I probably prefer this one because it was not nearly as crowded and it seemed we had better access to this than we did...

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