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  • Day7

    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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  • Day1


    November 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Hotel Becquer
    La Barratillo for tapas near the bull ring
    Very nice hotel warm, friendly welcome. Good size room. Headed for La Barratillo for more than we could eat tapas. Tried to avoid looking at the bulls heads.

  • Day6

    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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  • Day8

    Day 8 - Last Day/Night in Sevilla

    September 17, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    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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  • Day631

    The Alcázar, Seville

    March 19, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The four of us had needed to plan the week carefully according to the weather. Today was one of the coldest days with a high risk of downpours so we'd decided on a trip to the city of Seville because it was significantly warmer there.

    Paul and Cath's hire car would get us there faster and be easier to park, so we loaded Poppy, ourselves and the household rubbish into the little Seat. There is no residential refuse collection in Spain. The communal bins have been great for ease of disposal in the van, but made household logistics more complicated than in the UK. It felt alien packing what we needed for the day for us and the dog. We are so used to just driving to our destination with everything in the van.

    Making good headway, Paul read out the degrees as they clicked up on the external thermometer. Light toned, high rise residential flats and business blocks hailed the perimeter of the settlement, with palms and plane trees lining the boulevards that led us into the centre. There were even some trees that could well have been Seville oranges. The temperature was 17°C as we approached the old town, making us very glad we'd chosen this heat island.

    The car park we'd planned to use was full but it was a lot easier to navigate the city streets in the Seat and Paul found underground parking, something that would have been off limits to the Martha Motorhome.

    Being more organised than us, Cath had thought to book advance tickets for Seville's Real Alcázar; a royal palace built under moorish rule. Making our way towards it we kept our eyes open for somewhere to eat and found Bar Español on the corner of a wide pedestrian area and tramway. It offered a €12 menu of the day but didn't open until 1pm- something we still have to get used to. After 5 minutes the shutters were raised and we found a corner table to settle at. The 3 courses and drinks were served with an almost over-hasty efficiency, but given that we had to be at the Alcázar within an hour, this suited us well. The stuffed pepper salad starter and stew with fried potato main were tasty and we got to sample pestiños; an Andalucian Christmas and Holy week pastry made of dough fried in olive oil and coated in honey and sugar.

    Precipitously, we made our way towards Seville's Alcázar, past unsavoury flag posters advertising a bull fighting event. The yellow and red stone buildings inset with mosaic tiles and topped with domes gave the city an attractive look and warm feel. On route we passed mounted police and numerous horses waiting to pull shiny black carriages on tours. We could see from the map that the palace was a huge complex, but it took some time to find the entrance. As the city's top attraction, there was a long queue, but we cut through this, straight to the kiosk for those that had prebooked. We were in through the metal detectors in a matter of minutes and grateful to Cath for her organisation!

    Inside the walls was a mixture of pillared courtyards, mature gardens and high ceilinged chambers. There were a number of other tourists of all ages, but we didn't feel crowded or rushed. Instead there was a pleasant and calm atmosphere with a quiet buzz, perhaps brought about by the surroundings. The more we saw the more overawed we became by the place. It was a warm day and outdoors the scent of herbs, iris blossom and violets filled our nostrils. The green fronds of tall palms swayed overhead, while water tinkled through spouts of low key fountains and into shallow stone bowls. These water features were both outside and in, providing a link between the warm light and cool shade. Walking between them we passed through fringed stone archways with incredible ornately carved decoration, the beautiful fretwork splashed with subtle blues and golds.

    It was interesting how each of us took something different from our surroundings; Paul had an audio guide and was greatly interested in the history and stories behind the palace, Cath picked out little details such as the representations of leaves, fish and shells painted or carved into the walls, Vicky soaked in the royal hues and overall impression made by the patterns whereas Will's mathematical brain analysed the skilled geometry and recurrence in these same patterns. Needless to say we were all very impressed and spent a few leisurely hours perusing the palace, getting 'lost'in the well kept hedge maze and sampling a Seville orange that Will picked from one of the many trees lining the paths. The best description we can give is that it tasted like marmalade!

    The sun had shone brightly but just as we were coming to the end of our time at the Alcázar the sky darkened and rain began to fall. We exited and made our way back to the car via the imposing tower of the adjacent sandstone cathedral. We could have looked round it too, but felt the quality palace experience was all we needed from the day.
    The rain became a downpour as we walked back to the car but we soon got the blowers going and after picking up some shopping, were heading back to El Balcon de Lijar, a warm fire and scrumptious evening meal.
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  • Day2

    Flamenco and Choral Music

    November 28, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Really impressive flamenco display. Such complicated beats and variety of sounds with hands, feet and voices. So much energy.

    Church nextdoor - caught last part of Choral recital. Contrasts with flamenco.

    Ate at Antiquarias. Tapas. Patio heaters as bit nippy after warm day.

  • Day3

    Seville Cathedral

    November 29, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Lunch at El Pinton. No tapas menu in sight. Lovely cheese and mushroom risotto.

    Cathedral. Big barn. Lots of stained glass and florid decoration. Money going to save souls for sure. 3rd biggest in world.

  • Day3

    Absolutely worth seeing - Part 2

    October 16, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Der Königliche Palast "Alcázar":

    Direkt gegenüber der Kathedrale, befindet sich der Eingang zum "Alcázar", der bis heute von der spanischen Königsfamilie als Residenz genutzt wird, wenn diese sich in Sevilla befindet. Bei dem prachtvollen, mittelalterlichen Palast verweise ich für Informationen gerne wieder auf die bekannten Seiten im www. - eine aussagekräftige Beschreibung des UNESCO-Welterbes, würde den Rahmen eines Footprints sprengen!

    Die insgesamt 2,5 Stunden lange Führung ( Kathedrale und Alcázar ) vermittelt einen sehr guten Eindruck, ist kurzweilig und lässt am Ende noch die Möglichkeit, den Palast auf eigene Faust zu erkundigen. Einem Millionenpublikum ist das royale Palastgelände sicherlich bekannt, obwohl es dieses noch nie besucht hat - Teile davon dienen der weltbekannten TV-Serie "Game of Thrones" als Filmkulisse!
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  • Day27

    Ausflug nach Sevilla

    December 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Der Valentina Holundbringedienst hat funktioniert und der Bus bringt uns nach Sevilla. Stadtrundfahrt, ich verlaufe mich und lande im Einkaufsviertel - furchtbar! Die Kathedrale, die größte gotische der Welt, ist wirklich eindrucksvoll und von vielen Touristengruppen aus Asien besucht. Viel Gold, viel Silber und das Kolumbusgrab.
    Auf dem Weg zum Bus der uns zurückbringt verlaufe ich mich wieder und komme doch - dank eines Taxis - gut pünktlich an.
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  • Day55


    July 2, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Nach dem kühlen Tarifa geht es ein Stück ins Landesinnere in die viertgrößte Stadt Spaniens - Sevilla. Hier ist es sehr heiß. Wir hatten aber Glück mit dem Wetter! Da es bewölkt war hatte es nur 38Grad. Unser Campingplatz ist ein Stück vor Sevilla, aber mit dem Bus ist man schnell im Zentrum. Er hält direkt am "Parque de Maria Luisa". Wir besichtigen zuerst den wunderschönen Plaza España. Eine wirklich toller Platz, er hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Danach geht es zu Fuß weiter ins Zentrum, Richtung "Catedral Santa Maria". Da im Internet die Meinungen auseinander gehen und auch an der Rezeption niemand genau weiß wann die Öffnungszeiten der Kathedrale sind, haben wir uns extra lange Sachen angezogen, da wir diese unbedingt besuchen wollten. Anscheinend hatte die Kathedrale dann doch nur bis 15:30Uhr offen und wir konnten sie also leider nicht besichtigen. Aber auch von Außen ist sie eindrucksvoll. Beim Kirchturm wurde der Grundriss des ehemaligen Minaretts, der früheren Moschee hier, erhalten. Danach geht es noch ins Viertel "Santa Cruz". Ein schönes Viertel mit Restaurants und Shops. Wir trinken auch einen "tinto de verano" = Rotwein mit Zitronenlimo. Schmeckt sehr gut!
    Insgesamt eine schöne alte Stadt, die einen Besuch wert ist.
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