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Oct 3, 2019 - Last day in Seville

Today we decided to take a look at the Spanish National Archives building (ho hum says Kathie) and were pleasantly surprised by an amazing free exhibit that describes the first voyage around the world 500 years ago by Ferdinand Magellan. A remarkable story and display of key historical documents that describe this voyage in the 1500s from Spain into the unknown. 250 sailors and 5 ships embarked and 18 returned 3 years later on one ship (the Victoria). Must read more about this when we return. So much rich history here! I am currently...

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Oct 2, 2019 - Seville

We are still a bit awestruck today. It seems like every few steps you take - there is another beautiful photo op. And nighttime is even moreso. The tourists (including us) are completely snap happy but the irony is that you simply cant capture it. Today we took in the Seville Bullring and museum. We have no interest in seeing a fight but are trying to understand the passion behind this sport that seems so cruel. Then we walked along the Guadalaquivir River and into Triana where we explored a large and lively food market. Fresh fish, fruit,...

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Oct 1, 2019 - Seville Sights

Wow.. so today we saw 3 of the main sites to see in Seville: 1) Church of the Savior - this is Seville's 2nd biggest church, built on the site of a 9th century mosque. It is uniformly Baroque in architecture and decor and contains many beloved statues that are paraded through the streets on religious holidays. I thought this was the most magnificent church I had ever seen until later on today... 2) the Royal Alcazar - a palace built by the Moors in the 10th century and then revamped in the 14th century and still serving as royal digs. In...

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Sep 30, 2019 - Off to Seville, Spain

Today we hopped the bus to Seville from Faro airport. The trip took about 2 hours but as we had to drop off the rental car, etc. it ended up taking a good part of the day. We arrived at our Airbnb in the heart of Old Seville in the mid afternoon. It was hot here today and tourists are everywhere! We unpacked and took a brief walking tour of our neighbourhood (ala Rick Steves guidebook). We are definitely in the heart of the action and it is a beautiful city!

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Apr 12, 2019 - Our Last Day in Sevilla

Today is our last day in Sevilla and it is a beautiful day. In fact it is warm and no jackets or silk underwear required. The Holy Week celebrations are going to begin in two days on Palm Sunday. While this is a major holiday throughout the Christian world, nowhere is it celebrated with more fervor than Andalucia, especially in Seville. On each day through the week 60 neighborhood groups parade from their neighborhood church to the Seville Cathedral with floats depicting some aspect of the Passion of Christ. It is interesting how the vibe...

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Apr 11, 2019 - Real Alcazar

April 11 - Real Alcazar Today we have tickets for Real Alcazar, noted as a site for filming of Game of Thrones. Luckily we had purchased tickets on-line prior to leaving home, as the non-ticket holders line was several hundred long! We had maybe a 5 minute wait and that was due to some group confused as to where they belonged. Once inside due of the size of the space, it did not seem crowded. Originally a 10th century palace built for the governors of the local Moorish state, this building still functions as a Royal Palace - the oldest in...

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Apr 10, 2019 - The White Hill Towns of Andalucia

Today was a fabulous day. Last night Judi and I decided that instead of renting a car to visit the White Hill Towns of Andalucia, we would splurge and book a private tour guide. Driving through the hill towns could be a challenge with steep and narrow roads, especially if we couldn't get an automatic, and we weren't familiar with the area. So instead of driving and navigating, we could enjoy. We got lucky and were able to book a guide at 8 p.m. last night. David met us at 9 a.m. and off we went. He was very knowledgeable and interesting...

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Apr 9, 2019 - Sevilla Cathedral

April 9 - Sevilla Cathedral In attempting to be efficient and save time I had booked tickets online from home for the Sevilla Cathedral and the Real Alcazar. Unfortunately I had booked both sites for the same day and the same time (April 11 at 12:00 noon)!! So off we go to the Cathedral to see what we can do - if all else fails we will purchase tickets for today as these were the least expensive (12.50 euros vs 19.00 euros!). We run into Bob (he was a passenger on the bus/bus/train ride to Sevilla). He was in line for tickets, so we joined...

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Apr 8, 2019 - On to Sevilla

We are leaving today and looking forward to warmer weather. As always, we wish we would have had one more day. With train tickets in hand we checked the departure board to find our track number. This train station is really small--only two tracks and not too many people milling around. Imagine our surprise when we saw that our track number was BUS. Turned out we have to take not one, but two buses to get to the train. I don't remember seeing anything about a bus when we booked our tickets online at home but we did book them in Spanish if I...

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Apr 7, 2019 - Alhambra

April 7 - Alhambra This morning we did Rick Steves walking tour of Granada, as we have Alhambra tickets at 2:00pm. The walk starts just around the corner from our front door at a caravanserai (of Silk Road fame), a protected place for merchants to rest their animals, spend the night, get a bite to eat and spin yarns. This 14th century caravanserai is the only one surviving of Granada’s original 14 (has a water fountain in the center). Across the street is Alcaiceria, originally a Moorish silk market with 200 shops that burned down in 1850....

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Oct 16, 2018 - The Amazing Alcazar Palace

I can’t imagine writing anything that would supplement the huge volume of admiration for this building at your fingertips online. So, for your convenience here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite sites culturetrip.com; The ‘Reales Alcázares de Sevilla‘, as it is known in Spanish, is a royal palace which was built by the Moorish rulers who occupied the peninsula from the 8th century onwards. In the 13th century, the Spanish Reconquista was in full swing and the Catholic Kings of Spain claimed the palace as their own. This marks the...

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Oct 16, 2018 - The Cathedral of the Catholic Kings Seville

My father-in-law Ken McColl described visiting Europe as going on an ABC tour. By which he meant “Another bleeping castle and another bleeping cathedral.” I am sure happy his son feels more positive about those kinds of tourist attractions than he did. The Seville Cathedral was consecrated in 1507 and to this day it remains the largest cathedral in the world.Both St. Peter’s basilica in Italy and Our Lady of Aparecida basilica in Brazil are larger Catholic churches, but by definition they are not cathedrals. Apparently that is a meaningful...

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