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Plaza Nueva

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  • Day144

    Seville day 2

    January 25, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    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

  • Day281

    Back in Spain visiting Seville

    March 13, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    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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  • Day43

    Spain / Serville

    August 29, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    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

  • Day74

    Love At First Sight

    November 12, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Love at first sight.

    That certain “je ne sais quoi” that draws you to someone, to something or to somewhere. It's not anything specific, it may be beauty, maybe a fragrance, maybe a vibe, maybe a flow or movement. The butterflies in your stomach, the quickened heart rate. It's intangible but magnetic.

    Whatever it is, Brenda felt it the moment we set foot in Seville. In fact, the first signs of infatuation were uttered as our bus entered into the city. Neat rows of palm trees dividing the four lane highway and a sense of cleanliness and civic pride that was somehow lacking in other cities we've visited on this trip. “Oh Roch, it's so pretty!”

    As we walked to our apartment we saw scores of the now familiar Seville orange trees laden with their bitter fruit. Bodegas, tapas bars, pastelarias and Mom and Pop fruit stands were everywhere. “Isn't it beautiful? I love it here!”

    We arrived at our apartment, checked in and quickly unpacked. It was a tiny place, equipped with a Murphy bed and all the essentials we needed for our seven days here. It was, however , located in the Macarena district, a vibrant and very happening part of the city. A bodega right across the street, a cafe around the corner and the municipal market two minutes away. “Roch, this place is perfect. I could see us spending a lot of time here!”

    We set off to explore the old city, a fifteen minute walk from our place. The streets are all narrow and cobbled and seem to be laid out completely haphazardly. Without a map one would get turned around and become hopelessly lost in very short order. Time after time the maze would open up into a plaza with a fountain surrounded by cafes and bodegas whose tables were filled with Sevillians and tourists alike, sheltered from the afternoon sun by parasols emblazoned with the name of the local cerveza, Campo Cruz. The buildings are all decorated in typical Mediterranean colors of powder blue, ochre, and sunshine yellow. The cathedral, awe inspiring in it's size and powerful Gothic design, so brought to mind Batman's Gotham City that I expected to see the Caped Crusader perched atop one of the spires. And refreshingly, unlike Malaga, despite this being Sunday, all the eating and drinking establishments are open and brimming with diners. “Wow, this is so lively compared to Malaga!”

    We walked across the bridge into Triana, which was at one time the seat of the Spanish Inquisition. The shops and homes all along the Triana riverfront are picture postcard pretty. The colors are reminiscent of San Francisco's painted ladies, but the architecture is decidedly Mediterranean. “It's soooo beautiful! What's wrong with you? Don't you love it here?”

    As we saunter through Triana we find the cafes and restaurants even busier than those in the old town and we discover that each one appears to have a specialty that all the diners have ordered. This cafe had fried sardines, that restaurant served squid, the one over there has paella, and this bodega has Iberian ham. “Roch, you've got to love this place. It's so fun!”

    A couple of days later, as I stood window shopping outside a real estate office, I called to Brenda, “Come look at this cute little apartment we can get for only €40,000.00.”

    I guess I fell in love with Sevilla too.
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