Friday, 10 April 2015

Seville Spain

A bit warmer today, 10C but very windy. The garden is very soggy after an overnight thunderstorm, so no chance on getting a headstart on gardening. The only bit of colour in my garden is some pansies (from the Garden Centre) at my front door and a few small blue hyacinths in the sunnier part of the back garden.

   One more set of photos to share - they are of Seville, a city in the south of Spain we visited briefly. It has quite a Moorish influence and I really liked what I saw of it and would like to go back for a more thorough exploration. Despite an early start, it was mid-morning before we arrived in Seville and started with a bus tour of the city. Many of the buildings we passed had been built for the 1929 World Fair and belonged to different countries - quite fascinating!

Plaza de Espana
    Our first stop was at Plaza de Espana which was originally part of the royal palace but is now a public park. Then we started a walking tour with a local guide and learned some history of the city. We ended at the Cathedral which is truly magnificent with many valuable treasures. It also contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus, although he was in fact Italian, not Spanish. I climbed the tower for a great view of the city before returning to the bus. On the way back I stopped at a tapas bar to sample some of the local delicacies.

View from the tower of the Cathedral.
    One day really wasn't enough to see this beautiful city but we had to keep moving. Another long bus ride to Algecira and then dinner in the hotel. Best part was Crème Caramel for dessert.

Christopher Columbus' tomb in the cathedral.

Where we had lunch.

One of the Spanish provinces portrayed in the plaza.

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