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  • Day6

    Day 6 - Sevilla Arrival

    September 15, 2017 in Spain

    Well...we have said it 5 days in a row and meant it every time. But, once again, every day has been better than the last. We LOVE Sevilla.

    Cadiz had originally been planned as a day trip from Sevilla but we decided to change it to a 2 night stay. After just a few hours in Cadiz, we thought about bagging Sevilla completely and staying a week in Cadiz. We are so happy we didn't do that. Sevilla has all of the charm and beauty of an old Spanish town like Cadiz and Toledo with all of the attractions and kind people of a city like Madrid. It may not have a beach, but it has a beautiful canal surrounding the city, as well as cathedrals, museums, monuments, AND Plaza de Espana, where the pod race scene from Star Wars Episode One was filmed. And we managed to see all of this today. But, the stand out of the day so far has been the food.

    After our tapas-filled lunch, Tim and I agreed it had been our best meal yet. But even that couldn't top our tapas-filled dinner at a Michelin star "bar", Eslava. I want to write all of these tapas down so we don't forget.

    Lunch - swordfish over orange wine sauce, "Padron" peppers, dates wrapped in bacon, hearts of palm over vegetable gazpacho, eggplant topped with goat cheese and drizzled in honey

    Dinner - roasted mackerel with tomato onion pepper salad, roasted pork rib with rosemary honey glaze, artichokes with fried garlic and shavings of cod, grilled razor clams with lemon, slow cooked egg over boletas cake with caramelized wine reduction, and brick pastry stuffed with cuttlefish (we did it again!) and algae served with yogurt.

    (Each of these tapas are about 2 Euros a piece...amazing)

    ...not to mention where we are staying. We have a room in a 19th century Andalusian house that is absolutely beautiful. Our friendly hosts are the ones who recommended both of these amazing meals.

    I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!
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  • Day7

    Day 7 - Sevilla!

    September 16, 2017 in Spain

    Today was pretty much the first day we had to just relax and take it slow. And we needed it! We woke up late and found an awesome park on the water to workout. Then we had breakfast (and lunch!) while wandering the streets and alleys before returning for an early siesta at the beautiful Airbnb. We met our first American friend, Graham, from New Orleans, who is renting the other room in the house, as we sipped a glass of wine on the terrace. Then we wandered the streets some more, had a couple of cervezas at a local bodega, and had a nice dinner while people watching near the city center. Last, but absolutely not least, I finally got my churros con chocolate that we missed out on in Madrid!!!! Now time for an early night (and our books)!!!

    Not many pictures (and they're all of me because Tim had the phone) and a fairly uneventful day, but just as wonderful as the last. Sevilla is absolutely beautiful and the people are by far the nicest we have met so far.
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  • Day8

    Day 8 - Last Day/Night in Sevilla

    September 17, 2017 in Spain

    Sevilla has been absolutely amazing! It reminds me of a Spanish Richmond. It has all of the feels of a small city, yet it's large enough to have a little of everything. There are restaurants, bars, and cafes on every street. There is a ton of culture and history everywhere you look. The people are so charming and friendly. It's cheap! There's a waterfront full of architecture, parks, water sports, art walks, and even a foodie event that we stumbled upon today (similar to "Broad Appetite" of Richmond). While we could happily stay here forever, we did these 3 days right and are happy to see what's in store for us next. We stayed in a beautiful Andalusian home with the nicest hosts imaginable. We ate some of the best food we have ever had (and checked off 7 of the 15 or so restaurants off of our hosts' recommendation list), we wandered about 10 miles a day through streets and alleyways, we explored the beautiful architecture on both sides of the canal, we saw the Cathedral, the Real Alcazar, the Plaza de Espana, and so much more.

    Today was a great finale. Another workout on the water. Crepes for breakfast. Hours of alley wandering and site-seeing. Siesta. Wine on the rooftop. More walking. Another tapas-filled dinner and people watching on a busy terrace. Now some rest and relaxation before we head off to Granada in the morning.
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  • Day13

    A quick walk to the train station and we were on our way to Sevilla,120 km SW and a mere 45 minutes on the high speed train. I haven’t been able to take any photos of the countryside because they are a blur at 300 km/h. So far the land has been flat and winter brown. Now that we are heading south it is greener, more hills, and dotted with olive and orange groves.

    On arrival in Sevilla we took a public bus to the central area 20 minutes from the train station. Here we had a short 10 minute walk to our Airbnb one bedroom apartment. The owner, Esperanza, spoke some English and was very helpful with tips on her apartment and city. The apartment was spotless, had everything we needed, and was charmingly Spanish. It was conveniently located to all the shopping and sites. There was a large department store, El Corte Ingles, that had a great supermarket where I was able to stock up on some staples as we would be spending 5 days in Sevilla. It reminded me of the old Eatons downtown store where my Mom would do her grocery shopping.

    Sevilla has a population similar to Winnipeg yet everything was so centralized. There is only one skyscraper that wasn’t a hit with the people when it was built. Since there are no shopping malls, the downtown (Centro) is a maze of shops, restaurants and bars that extends for many kilometres. Armed with a better map app I was able to mostly figure out where we were going but the streets and lanes have no symmetry. In Spain there is a custom called Paseo where the locals go out and walk between 7 and 9 before their late dinner. The narrow streets, flanked with shops on either side, were packed shoulder-to-shoulder with people. Many were shopping as in January and February there is a government law that all stores must reduce their prices in order to make room for the new inventory. Spain is my kind of place, although I was only window shopping and people watching. Paseo is supposed to be very interesting in the warmer months as the people dress up in their finest and latest fashion wear.
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  • Day17

    Flamenco!

    January 16 in Spain

    This was our last day in Sevilla and I had come to love this city. I can see now why it is one of the most popular cities to visit in Spain. It is lively, even in winter, and architecturally there are beautiful sights around every corner.

    Today was laundry day so I took the opportunity to work on our itinerary. Air Portugal cancelled our February flights to the Azores and rescheduled them the following day with a 0645 flight to Lisbon and a 10 hour layover there. Emails weren’t getting answered and phone call attempts were useless because the message was in Portuguese naturally. I finally messaged through Facebook and they were able to give me better flight times but wouldn’t change the date back to my original booking. Our accommodation was reserved based on our flights so it’s been one big headache. I also haven’t planned our March itinerary in Portugal so I did some research on that. Feeling frustrated, I went for one last long walk through the central area. John chose to stay in the apartment to read so I was free to explore at my own pace.

    In the evening we attended a flamenco show at an intimate,100 seat theatre called La Casa de la Memoria, which was recommended by our apartment owner. She described it as real flamenco and not touristy. The one hour show was fantastic. It was very loud, energetic and passionate. There was a singer, flamenco guitarist, and two dancers. Although we couldn’t understand the singing in Spanish, the dancing was theatrical and expressive. The audience would yell out “Ole” to encourage the singer and dancers. No photos were allowed until the end. I don’t know if all flamenco shows are like this but it was riveting!
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  • Day73

    Orange, orange everywhere.....

    November 11, 2015 in Spain

    .... and not a bite to eat.

    One of the first things we noticed when we arrived in Malaga was the abundance of orange trees lining most of the main streets. All were laden with fruit in varying degrees of ripeness, and we wondered why people didn't help themselves to the free bounty.

    After a couple of days of admiring the trees, while on the way home from the market, I came across a tree that had particularly low hanging, bright orange fruit and I gave into the temptation. I tossed my prize into the bag with the rest of the oranges I had purchased at the mercado and made my way home.

    Curious to taste my ill gotten gains, I cut the orange in half. It looked like a regular orange, although the seeds were small and plentiful. I sniffed the cut half and found it to be bursting with orange aromatics. I brought the half to my mouth, carefully licked it and POW!!!, I learned why no one pilfers from the trees. It tasted a little like orange, but was as bitter as any lemon could be.

    We were later told by our tour guide that the oranges were brought to Andalusia by the Moors who prized the springtime fragrance and the beauty of the orange blossoms. There are roughly 650 of these bitter orange trees planted in Malaga alone. It was later discovered that marmalade is made by boiling the fruit, slicing the peel and adding sugar to the strained juice. Marmalade was widely used by seafarers way back when to ward off scurvy.

    When we arrived in Seville, we found even more trees. In fact, I read somewhere that there are more than 14,000 of them in the city! The Seville oranges are gathered from the trees once a year and 90% of them are shipped to the UK for the production of marmalade. I'm not sure what happens to the other 10%.

    Now that I think about it, I recall always seeing "Seville Orange Marmalade" on the jars back home. I just never imagined that the sweet concoction I spread on my toast started out so very, very bitter.

    I guess we'll have to come back here in the spring at some future date so we can experience the perfume of the orange trees in full bloom.
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  • Day1

    Sevilla

    April 20 in Spain

    Nachdem wir Donnerstag Abend spät in der Wohnung angekommen sind , ging es Freitag erst mal zum Frühstück. Lecker Contado und Brötchen mit viiiiel Olivenöl, chorizo, und Käse... Mila war auch schon wieder wach und gut gelaunt und findet wasserfontänen jeglicher Art ganz toll.
    Danach haben wir unseren Spaziergang begonnen , Ziel die Féria de Abril. Eine wochenlange Party auf dem Messegelände im Süden von Sevilla.

    Erster Zwischenstopp die Plaza de encarnacion und Hoch auf die Aussichtsplattform mit schönen Blick über Sevilla.
    Danach gehts weiter Richtung Kathedrale und Plaza de espana und auch immer mal wieder ein kleiner stop zum erfrischen mit einem Tinto di verano 🍷.

    Bei der Plaza espana angekommen, tun und schon die Füße weh aber wir laufen noch das Stück zur feria. Immer den Frauen in Flamenco Kleidern hinterher. Jeder macht sich Schick, viele fahren Kutsche. Die Männer trän Torero trachten ?

    An der Féria stellen wir fest dass es eine Riesenanssmmlung von Zelten ist , in denen die leute sitzen und trinken. Private Zelte ? Wie beim Oktoberfest ? Wir verstehen das Konzept noch nicht so ganz und sind müde und hungrig.

    Abends gehts bei uns am alameda in eine leckere tapas bar. Mila will gar nicht schlafen und isst mit uns mit. Von allem ein bisschen.
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  • Day10

    Sevilla

    July 16 in Spain

    Diese Stadt is so reich an Kunst und hat so viele Paläste sowie Kirchen. Man findet in jeder zweiten Gasse eine Shoppingmal und die gnocci al salmone hätte man nicht besser machrn können! Den letzte Abend noch mit einer Eskalation getoppt und fertig war der perfekte Trip! Bis jetzt meine Lieblingsstadt❤️Read more

  • Day42

    La Paella Sevilla

    November 10, 2015 in Spain

    We miraculously made it to Seville on a bus that went "go-go-go-stop... go-go-go-stop", and with each stop, it had a harder time going again. As we entered Sevilla, the bus load of passengers prayed for green lights and cheered each time a red light turned green without the bus having to stop, but our luck ran out about a kilometre from the Sevilla bus station. The bus stopped at a red light and would go no more.

    Fortunately for us, that put us closer to our AirBnB accommodations so we checked in at 13:00 as scheduled with our hosts before heading out for lunch.

    Having arrived on a Sunday, we were fully expecting everything to be closed so it was a pleasant surprise to see so many people out and about and eating at all the tapa bars and restaurants that were open and chock a block full of diners. The city was incredibly "alive"!

    We decided to try out "La Paella Sevilla" because many online reviews raved how it was the best paella joint in town. There was definitely a wow factor as we walked in and saw the huge paella pans, each ready and waiting to be dished up into "ración" or tapa size servings according to your order, 5.95€ per ración or 2.95€ per tapa.

    We decided to go with a full size serving of the seafood paella and two tapa size servings, one of the traditional Valencia paella and one of the "paella a banda". We had no idea what the "paella a banda" was but it was literally flying out the door with locals ordering double portions of it to take away. So many locals couldn't be wrong...

    ... and they weren't. The "paella a banda" is a Mediterranean paella made with squid and peeled shrimps. Yummy! In fact, all 3 paellas we tasted were delicious.

    As we sat and savoured our paellas, there was a constant stream of locals coming in to do take away orders, including one patron who walked out with 2 of the huge paella pans that we reckoned must serve at least 10 people per pan. Party on!!!
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