Jardines de Murillo

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  • Day41

    Johnnie's Library

    October 8, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    My last day in Santiago was another great day. I started with mass at the Cathedral then visited St. Francis church and the monastery founded by him 800 years ago. It has been difficult to impossible to find lodging in Santiago and there are now many large tour groups visiting. We are so lucky to be staying with a friend. I also visited the church of Saint Fructuosus of Tarragona which is an important Saint in Spain from the third century and a small church I walk by many times a day. Next we were invited to see Johnnie's Library which means to "stop by for a drink." Justin and Kate from East Texas were there too. Johnnie first met Kate on the Camino in 2007 so it was a good reunion for them. Kate and Justin have been married three years now and just walked the Camino Francês together. Johnnie was an excellent host with an excellent collection of Scotch whisky and being Scottish is quite proud of it and shared it freely. He even had my favorite non-alcoholic beer so everyone was happy. What a great last day in Santiago.Read more

  • Day5

    Day 5: Real Alcazar

    February 20, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Up a bit earlier today for our visit to the Real Alcazar (royal palace). It's the oldest royal palace in the world still in use, and the original parts of the building go back to the Muslim caliphs of the 13th century. After Spain was reconquered by the Catholic monarchs it was converted into palaces for their use, and is still technically in use today, though I don't think they're around that often.

    We'd booked entrance tickets for 10am (opening time), and then a guided audio-tour of the upper apartments at 11:30, so we arrived right on 10. A bit of a line to get in but thankfully not too long. We busied ourselves poking around various areas, and boy was there a lot to see. The architecture is all very impressive, lots of archways and cavernous spaces, along with broad courtyards and perfectly manicured gardens. One particularly impressive area was the Ambassador's Hall, which was used as a throne room and reception room for visiting dignitaries in centuries gone by - very high ceiling with an intricately carved dome.

    Was also quite interesting spotting various bits of the palace that had been used in Game of Thrones - scenes from Dorne were shot here for seasons 4, 5 and 6. It sort of comes full circle, because the Dornish culture from the books is heavily inspired by southern Spain (Moorish influences and so on), and the Water Gardens from the book were apparently inspired by the Alcazar! Interesting that the show completed the circle by heading direct to the source.

    Soon it was time for our tour, so we headed to the entrance of the upper apartments. These were all much later additions, usually around the Renaissance era when an entire extra storey was built onto the palace. The rooms were used by the Spanish royal family as recently as the turn of the millennium, and as I said they're technically "still in use" though I don't think they actually utilise them often. Definitely worth the price of admission to see the fantastic artworks, chandeliers and enormous tapestries hanging around the place though.

    After our audio-tour we headed out into the large gardens, having seen most of the interiors by now. The gardens are heavily Arabic-inspired, with lots of geometry, water features, reflecting pools and so on. Great to look at, explore and take photos. There was even a section towards the back called the English Garden, which looked like a small country wood. A couple of peacocks wandering around as well! Only problem we had was that the weather was cloudy - no chance of rain, just high white cloud that stops your photos from turning out really nicely. Alas. We might have to come back in a few days when the sun's out and take some really good photos.

    Finally wandered out around 2:30pm, feeling content and happy that we'd thoroughly explored one of the main sights of Seville. Time for a late lunch, which we had at the same restaurant we'd eaten at a couple of days earlier. Food not quite as good this time, sadly - paella was tasty, but my pork fillets were quite plain and unseasoned. Not bad, just unexciting. I guess the take-out is "Menu of the Day" is the trap - tapas options are usually better.

    Headed back to the apartment for a rest, where Shandos ending up having a multi-hour siesta. I did some typing, reading and gaming, before we headed out again in the evening for a long walk with Schnitzel. Feeling tired, we ended up staying in for the evening and cooking the spaghetti we'd bought a few days earlier.
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  • Day14

    Dos Hermanas - Sevilla 24.5.2018

    May 24, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Back to Sevilla! 😁

    Das war vorhin ein wirklich königliches Gefühl, als ich die Stadtgrenze zu Sevilla überschritt. Ich war wieder da! Herrlich.

    Die Route, die ich mir ausgeheckt hatte, hat bis aufs I-Tüpfelchen gepasst. Aus Dos Hermanas raus ging es zunächst durch das etwas edlere Wohnviertel La Motilla und dann direkt ins weite Feld. Keine Zäune versperrten mir den Weg und auch sonst lauerten keine unliebsamen Überraschungen auf mich. Es ging dann durch Industriegebiete vor Sevilla, unter Autobahnbrücken hindurch, dann wieder über Felder und Wiesen, dann die nächste Unterquerung einer Autobahnbrücke, dann wieder in Industriegebiete, und plötzlich war ich an dem einen letzten Kreisel unter einer Autobahnbrücke, von dem aus ich es nur noch etwa 500 Meter bis zur Stadtgrenze von Sevilla hatte. Und dann stand ich vor dem Ortsschild 😁 Geschafft!

    Mir war schnell klar, wo ich nun als erstes hinwackeln würde. Zum Busbahnhof San Sebastian, von dem aus ich vor 10 Tagen nach Tarifa gestartet bin. Hier sitze ich nun, auf dem selben Stuhl wie vor 10 Tagen, und schaue auf die Busse, die heute aber ohne mich abfahren werden. So hat sich dieser Kreis geschlossen. Ein ziemlich cooles Gefühl 😎

    Jetzt werde ich gleich zu meinem Hotel traben und erstmal für die eine Nacht einchecken und dann sicher noch bei dem Irish Pub meines Vertrauens vorstellig werden. Ich habe Nic schließlich versprochen, hier noch ein Pils auf ihn zu trinken 🍺 und was man verspricht, muss man auch halten 😎 Später, wenn ich zurück im Hotel bin, werde ich vielleicht noch was schreiben. Stand jetzt 😁

    Hier in Sevilla ist es gerade eher ungemütlich, es stürmt ordentlich und auch Regen ist mit von der Partie. Wenn das morgen früh immer noch so ist, freue ich mich sogar ein wenig - bei dem Wetter ist Wandern vielleicht nicht ganz so nett, aber umso ursprünglicher. Die Natur zeigt sich dann eben auch von ihrer anderen Seite. Wer das nicht ab kann - naja, der hat sich dann eben vielleicht die falsche Freizeitbeschäftigung ausgesucht. Bin gespannt auf morgen. Und was sich auf der ersten offiziellen Etappe der Via de la Plata so zuträgt.

    Ich werde berichten 😎

    Eben noch mit Michael aus dem Irish Pub ein Erinnerungsfoto geschossen, er hat sich sofort an Nic und mich erinnert und wird den Blog jetzt auch weiter verfolgen, super! 😊
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