Melissa and I spent our last several days in Spain in the beautiful City of Seville. We spent some time visiting the "Real Alcazar" which was built originally in the 10th century, but has been altered numerous times up until the present day. It is where Isabel and Fernando gave Christopher Columbus permission to go to the West Indies, but instead discovered America. It is also the residence of the present day royalty when in Seville.
Right next to it is a beautiful cathederal which is gigantic and has the largest alterpiece in the world. We also spent time visiting some much smaller cathederals while we were here and had the rare opportunity in one to have the priest practicing on this magnificant organ. What was cute was he was playing what sounded like circus music that was very upbeat and made you want to dance in the aisles.
We also found this very small nightclub where they had local flamenco dancing. What a treat to actually see them dancing flamenco in Seville, the birthplace of this dance. It reminded me so much of Carmen that I wished she was here to enjoy it with us.
We're now in Egypt. We have met our new group which is seventeen people, four of us from the US and thirteen from Australia. We've had a chance to see the Egyptian museum, the Giza plateau, ride camels, take the overnight train to Luxor, and spent the afternoon in Karnak. Tomorrow we leave to take a three day boat ride down the Nile.
Kathy and Melissa