Plaza Nueva

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  • Day281

    We're back on the road again, currently visiting Seville, on our way back to the UK.

    The city really came into its own when Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas in 1492 and Seville was awarded an official monopoly on Spanish trade with the new-found continent. Columbus' impact was so great the his remains lie beautifully entombed in the cathedral.

    With only an afternoon and a day to explore, we had to be selective, as this is a city that can easily fill much more time. Leaving the motorhome at a marina parking site close by, we jumped on a bus and arrived right in the city 20 minutes later. Taking care to keep a sharp lookout for trams, horse-drawn carriages and cyclists, we wandered around taking in the sites and deciding what to see the next day. The city is very tourist friendly with lots of signposts, information centres, hotels, bars and restaurants. It is also a place to spend time outdoors with parks, walking paths along the river and boat trips on it.

    Next day, we started our exploring at the cathedral, one of the largest Christian churches in the world. It stands on the site of a 12th century mosque, with the minaret (the Giralda) still towering beside it. Gothic in style, it took almost 100 years to build and today houses some of Spain's most important paintings outside of the art museums in Madrid. An audio guide talked us through our 2 1/2 hour visit and even though it is probably Seville's most popular attraction, there was plenty of space for everyone to enjoy it. We climbed to the top of the minaret for great vistas of the city and then descended to end our visit in the orange tree gardens where the aroma of the oranges filled the air.

    From there we headed over to the bullring, one of Spain's oldest and most original, and the centre of bull-fighting. Again we had an audio tour but this time we had a guide too, whose only job seemed to be to tell us which number to press on the guide and to keep us moving along. In the museum we learned that it was King Fernando's troops who started bullfighting, as it was used as a way of training. It then became popular with matadors replacing the troops. The area where the matadors and bulls waited before finally entering the ring included an ornate chapel where prayers and confessions could be made. The bullring itself could hold 12,000 spectators, all anticipating the dual between man and beast. We would have liked to have done the tour at our own pace but the guide had other ideas and we, like others on our tour, felt a little disappointed.

    Our final stop of the day was the magnificent Plaza de Espana, located in the Maria Luisa park and built in 1928 for the Spanish-American world fair of 1929. Ornate bridges and alcoves decorated with brightly coloured ceramics depicting all the regions of Spain, together with a fountain and water-feature, and very grand buildings which today house government offices made for an impressive vista.

    There is still so much more to see in Seville that another trip will have to be made and we are already looking forward to it.
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  • Day144

    So much fun in Seville!

    January 25, 2017 in Spain

    Everyone should go to Seville! This is such a great place with so much positive energy and fun. Yesterday I met Sam and Angus from England. Sam a musician contractor who has worked with some of the most interesting musicians in the World; Adele, Taylor Swift, has given me some great private travel destinations that are not touristy that I am going to check out. Angus who is a posh student from Wickham and is going to Bogata to work in steel(who both Sam and I said were going to see in the front page news) and come s from aristocratic background. I haven't stopped laughing in 30 hours. We drank 3 bottles of wine last night and had Vinny a German guy entertain us by dancing for us and saying that his goal in life was to be s dancer. I videoed his dancing but can't upload to my blog but he was so funny our guts were sore from laughter. There is so much to write in these last 30 hours that I have to do it in segments. I would have to say that is is the funnest city so far.Read more

  • Day142


    January 23, 2017 in Spain

    The bus was packed going to Seville! So hard to sleep but I think I got a couple if hours. I marched my way through to the centre of town from 5-6am. It was cold and so quiet. Found a McDonald's by the train station and had a couple of lattes to give me a kick start, charge up my phone, warm up, and book my hostel. Got a cheaper and newer hostel in the centre of the historical part of town, which is great for walking. If already walked 6km by the time I checked in. What a beautiful town with great energy. Lots of fabulous shopping and wine bars all over the place. Will be here for 3 nights and I may do a hop on hop off city tour.Read more

  • Day144

    Seville day 2

    January 25, 2017 in Spain

    Continuing on from yesterday.... Went to the parque de Maria Luiza, the Plaza de Espana, which had tiled features of every town in Spain and now houses the military museum. It was so huge but I managed to take my first panorama shot with my phone. The bridges and lampposts are all tiled as well and Stars episode 1 was filmed here. I found Sam sunning himself and having tapas. I joined him and Angus later joined us as well. It was so cheap and so good. Later Sam and I went to a cafe and sipped sparkling vino on the sun. The hostel had a free dinner so we had mushroom risotto with Saffron. Yum. At 10 there was a group of us that went to a flamenco dance at a locals bar. Much to my surprise it was a male dancer, I was expecting a woman. Today is my last day here so I will go back to the tapas place and get ready for my next town.Read more

  • Day43

    Spain / Serville

    August 29, 2017 in Spain

    28th August 2017.
    Today we left Malaga and hopped on a train to Serville. It was a nice 2.5 hour trip. It actually rained as we were leaving Malaga. This is good as the countryside is real dry. Arrived at 2 in the afternoon and did a quick tour down to the river where they had a turret called Torre del Oro. Then we went past a bull ring called Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. After that we headed to the main plaza and around to the Cathedral y Giralda. Huge church with lovely sphires.Read more

  • Day44

    Spain/ Serville

    August 30, 2017 in Spain

    We are only here for a full day today then off to Oporto early tomorrow morning.
    Did more shopping and sightseeing here in Serville. Had to post another box of goodies back to NZ.
    Went through the University. Gorgeous old building.

  • Day27

    Tag 27: Sevilla

    November 4, 2016 in Spain

    Buenos dias! :) Nachdem ich heute früh erst gegen 1 Uhr im Bett lag, ist mir das frühe Aufstehen sehr schwer gefallen. Mit einem kleinen Frühstück im Bauch ging es dann aber auf zur free walking tour. Eher eine kleine historisch sehr informative Runde. Ich mag lieber die Touren, die eine Mischung aus der Stadtgeschichte, Tipps für lokale Spezialitäten und die aktuelle Situation in der Stadt sind. Im Anschluss bin ich zurück zum Hostel, habe mir Nudeln gekocht und eine kleine Mittagsruhe gemacht. Abends ging es dann noch einmal raus an die frische Luft. Hier spielt sich das Leben wirklich auf der Straße ab. Eine Bar neben der nächsten und ein Gewusel von Menschen. Ich liebe es einfach, mit einem Eis in der Hand durch die Straßen zu schlendern und alles auf mich wirken zu lassen. Das Eis sah nicht nur gut aus, sondern war auch noch verdammt lecker. Besonders die Kombination aus Pistazie und Himbeere.😍 Beim plaça espana habe ich einen Spanier kennengelernt und wir haben uns etwas unterhalten. Mein Spanisch ist so schlecht, aber ich bin sehr motiviert, dies zu ändern. Das grüne Bild ist übrigens ein Such-die-Katze-Bild. :)Read more

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