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    • Day 10

      Über Jerez nach Sevilla

      September 15, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Den letzten Tag am Meer wollten wir noch auskosten, haben uns heute morgen direkt die Laufschuhe geschnappt und sind eine Runde am Meer gejoggt🏃‍♀️🏃.
      Trotz leichten Nieselregens mussten wir natürlich danach noch in den Pool springen.
      Gegen Mittag sind wir dann Richtung Sevilla aufgebrochen, dem Ziel unserer Andalusien-Rundreise. Auf halber Strecke haben wir noch einen Halt in Jerez de la Frontera gemacht. Allerdings hat es uns nicht ganz so gut gefallen, sodass wir nur eine Runde um die Burg und die Stadtmitte gelaufen sind.
      In Sevilla angekommen sind wir direkt losgezogen, um die Stadt zu erkunden. Sevilla ist nochmal etwas wuseliger als Malaga. Durch die ganzen Parks aber trotzdem grün und entspannend. Es gibt viele kleine Gassen und einigen Sehenswürdigkeiten, die wir uns morgen noch anschauen möchten.
      Der perfekte Ort für das Ende unserer Reise also😊.
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    • Day 3

      Jour 3 Séville à fond

      March 26 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Balade dans les rues et ruelles de Séville et se perdre...côté shopping je n'ai pas fait chauffer la CB...vous comprendrez pourquoi....théâtre Flamenco superbe spectacle et surtout ce soir avoir compris comment échapper aux processions...photos toujours difficile à prendre à cause du monde ...vous les aurez en vracRead more

    • Day 2

      Jour 2 la procession

      March 25 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Après une bonne nuit au Patio de la Alameda visite du palais de l Alcazar....superbe édifice mais hélas visite sous la pluie ☔️...peu de belles photos et impossible de visiter les jardins

      Épuisés nous sommes allés nous perdre dans les ruelles de Séville...puis nous sommes arrivés au Métropole Parasol d où nous avons vu passer LA PROCESSION de la semaine alta

      Ensuite nous avons été pris au piège...toutes les rues fermées...des milliers d espagnols fous de leur procession...et impossible de s échapper pour rejoindre l hôtel...après 3 heures d errance...nous avons pu sortir indemnes de ce lundi de fêtes !!
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    • Day 54

      Cathedral Tour

      February 6 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      After a slow morning, we eventually began doing some siteseeing. This began with the Setas de Sevilla, which is a weird and random wooden looking structure, almost resembling a frame of an uncomplete building. Yet, it is fully completed and was created to provide shade and a viewpoint for travellers and locals in the Plaza de la Encarnación. Though, many locals do not like it because it can be a bit of an eye sore. There is a small archaeological area underneath to go with the viewpoint, but for 15 euros, we decided we would skip it and head to begin the cathedrals of Seville. This started with the Iglesia Colegial del Divino Salvador. Situated in a beautiful square, the brightly coloured red and cream fascade looks quite extraordinary from the outside. Yet, you only really get an idea of the grandure of the building once you are inside. Tall ceilings and three main altar pieces that stand out amongst the lightly coloured interior. The gold and black alters stand out emphatically as soon as you enter, and the beauty can only really be grasped as you approach the monument and witness the detail that is present. The three of the altars in conjunction make for a truly magnificent site. We spent a bit of time reading the information pieces before moving on to the major site on the ticket, the Cathedral of Sevilla. This has the guiness world record as the largest cathedral by area in Europe, and it did take some time to fully explore the whole floor level. There were numerous altars and monuments throughout each of the naives, with some even expanding into tiny little cathedrals within themselves. As such, it took a long time to see the whole site while trying to take in the sheer size of the main area. Toward the end, we were given the opportunity to walk La Giralda Tower. Although quite a few steps, it was well worth the 360-degree views of the city. The bars they installed to stop people from falling made getting photos difficult, but you could find a way when necessary. This was a great experience and a good way to complete the cathedral. By the time this was done, we were already very tired, but we spent a bit of time in the gardens and gift shop before continuing on to lunch. However, I had managed to convince mum and dad to wander across the city to the Plaza of Hercules because I enjoyed my time there during my previous visit. It was a very lively square full of locals and nice-looking restaurants. We were desperate for a drink and a seat by now, but there were plenty of restaurants to pick from. This made the process of deciding a bit more painful, but eventually, we arrived at a nice tapas place. Tapas seemed a suitably last dinner for me in Spain. After some time here, we headed home after quite a long day of walking and relaxed and snacked until it was time to sleep.Read more

    • Day 13

      Basilica de la Macarena

      May 4, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      This is a very beautiful church and when we entered a service was in progress so that added a memorable element. It is in modern use, well cared for, and tourists are welcome, it is the first that we saw a tap credit card machine for a donation and it had a gift store and Nancy bought a small item there (necklace pendant).

      Basílica de la Macarena is in one of the most authentic working-class districts of Seville (Macarena) and is very popular with the locals. Next to the basilica is the Arco de la Macarena. This arch is a remnant of the fortress wall from the time of the Almohad dynasty (12th century), and was at that time the city gate for the king, heading towards the Royal Palace of Seville.

      It is a neo-Baroque church building that was built recently (1949) in honor of the virgin Mary 'La Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena'. The statue of the Virgin is surrounded by ornate, gold, silver and jeweled retable, above the great altar of the Basilica. The Madonna statue is one of the most famous procession figures of Seville, thanks to its beauty and decorative, sumptuous robes, golden crown, and diamond tears and emeralds donated by one of Spain's most famous bullfighters.
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    • Day 3

      Bottega Italia 🍝🌃🍧

      June 9, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Vuelvo caminando por el Parque Maria Luisa, Plaza España, que está preciosa en esta tarde soleada, y el Prado de San Sebastián 🌳

      Al volver, Laura me instruye en el maravilloso arte de Los Sims 4 (no sabía que aún había gente que jugaba a ese juego 😃) y después vamos a cenar al nuevo restaurante italiano favorito de Laura.

      Ubicado en la ya famosa Calle Feria, llegamos a Bottega Italia, donde cenamos y pruebo por primera vez los Arancini 🥟🇮🇹 que aparentemente son típicos de Roma 🤌🏼

      Para cerrar el día nos tomamos un helado mientras volvemos a casa debatiendo sobre nuestros referentes en la vida. Todo han sido conversaciones muy ligeritas estos días 😆
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    • Day 13

      Alameda de Hercules

      May 4, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      The Alameda de Hércules is a garden square or mall built in 1574, originally as a promenaded public garden, named after the eight rows of white poplar trees (álamos in Spanish) that fill its central part. It was the oldest public garden in Spain and Europe.

      Before its transformation, the square was a swampy pond.In 1574, the Count of Barajas drained the water, building irrigation channels and fountains, and planting lines of waterside white poplar trees. Two sculptures were placed atop the two southern columns: Hercules (mythological founder of Seville) and Julius Caesar (referred to as the restorer of the city during Roman rule). In the second half of the eighteenth century, two additional statues of lions with shields, representing Seville and Spain, were placed on the northern columns.

      The Alameda began to suffer a progressive deterioration, and became one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Seville, troubled by prostitution and drugs. A slow recovery began during the early 21st century, then public redevelopment funded by the city council totally renewed La Alameda in 2006-2008.
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    • Day 6

      Day 6 - Sevilla Arrival

      September 15, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      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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    • Day 7

      Day 7 - Sevilla!

      September 16, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      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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    • Day 7

      Sevilla day2

      May 10, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Am luat un hop-on-hop-off care merge cam prost (vine rar, iar sa astepti in statie la 40 de grade, nu e placut).
      Am vazut Plaza de Espagna, Muzeul de mesteauguri si Catedrala. Toate au fost minunate, dar totusi catedrala m-a impresiinat cel mai mult.
      Seara am fost la un spectacol de flamenco, intr-o sala de vreo 40 de lucuri, foarte intim, dinamic si antrenanat. Am aflat ca flamenco este o muzica care a pornit de la tiganii andaluzi; adevarul este ca aduce un pic cu maneaua. Un cantaret ( de jale), un chitariat, unul la percutie si, evident, o dansatoare. Am uitat sa spun ca domineata am facut jogging pe malul Guadalquivir.
      Am luat si un pranz special in zona Triana, am mancat Caracoles, niste viermisori intr-o mica cochilie.
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