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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville July 2nd 2022

Today was our second day in Sevilla, and I must say ut’s pretty great to be back where it’s warm! Some people are complaining about the heat, but we don’t mind it at all. The hotel is really nice, but somehow the Wi-Fi just sucks. It worked perfectly yesterday afternoon when we arrived, but nobody has been able to logon since yesterday. Looks like I’ll be uploading late on the bus again tomorrow. That worked out fine this morning, but it did take a while to upload the pictures. It was also very bumpy on the bus, but as soon as I finished, the road smoothed right out and was perfect for the rest of the day. This morning we headed off to the ancient city of Cordoba. We met up with our guide, Gema who ... read more
Views of the Cordoba Mosque
Views of the Cordoba Mosque
Views of the Cordoba Mosque

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville July 1st 2022

It’s time to say adios to Portugal, it’s only been a few days, but it’s time to head back to southern Spain. I’m not sure why I thought we were going to Costa-del-Sol today, but because I did, we thought it would be cold and we wore jeans. But we are actually going inland to Sevilla, were it’s hot! When we got off the bus it was 37C or 98F and that is certainly hot, even by Florida standards! But we’re now true Floridians, so we just dealt with it. Those of us from Florida, Arizona, and Texas didn’t have much trouble, but some of the northerners were dying. Sevilla is a beautiful city of about 800,000, home to the third largest cathedral cleverly named the Cathedrale de Sevilla, actually the official name is Our Lady ... read more
Cathedrale del Sevilla - Interior
Cathedrale del Sevilla - Interior
Cathedrale del Sevilla - Grave of Columbus

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville June 15th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – WED, 15 JUN 2022 – Day 16: Guided visit with local expert in Seville. Boat trip along the river Guadalquivir. Night transfer to the historic centre. After breakfast, a local expert will guide you on a scenic visit of Seville featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda (bell tower), the banks of the Guadalquivir River, popu­lar neighborhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España. After the visit, we will include a boat trip along the river Guadalquivir, enjoying the panoramic views from the boat. Right after, you will have free time to explore at your own leisure. At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the historic city centre area (Calle Alfonso XII) where there are many different types of restaurants for you ... read more
City Tour and Free Time – Seville, Spain
City Tour and Free Time – Seville, Spain
City Tour and Free Time – Seville, Spain

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville June 14th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – TUE, 14 JUN 2022 – Day 15: Costa del Sol and the Andalusian village of Ronda. Departing from Granada and travelling towards the Costa del Sol, we will arrive in MALAGA and explore its historic city centre, with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. After this we will continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Stopping in PUERTO BANUS, Marbella, a pretty resort known as the playground of Europe’s rich and famous. In the afternoon we will continue through the hills until we reach RONDA, a very beautiful “white town” with its large gorge that divides it in two. Then we will travel onward to SEVILLE, arrival sometime in the late afternoon.... read more
On the Drive to Costa del Sol, Spain
On the Drive to Costa del Sol, Spain
On the Drive to Costa del Sol, Spain

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville October 9th 2021

Ronda There is just something about train travel….not exactly sure what that is, but maybe it’s because we’re Americans who grew up in the suburbs of our respective cities in the 1960’s and ‘70’s and as a result always arrived everywhere by car. America is a nation of highways. That was America back then…you want to go some place, you simply jump in the car and go. There were no train stations in your town anyhow. So now when we have the opportunity, we really enjoy train travel and Europe in this case Spain, has provided that opportunity. Renfe, the train company in Spain, has become our main source of transportation. All that being said…..we took the train from Granada to Ronda for a couple of days and then on to Seville and subsequently to Toledo. ... read more
Colorful Tile in Sevilla
Passionate Flamenco Dancing
Metrapol Parasol

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville October 31st 2020

SEVILLE 10/24/19 After breakfast we gathered to plan our day. Seville is the capital of Andalucia and of the province of Seviila. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the city is fabled to have been settled by Hercules. Founded by the Tartessians, Seville was later settled by the Romans. In fact two of Rome's great emperors, Trajan and Hadrian, were born here. Seville was occupied by the Moors from AD 711 until 1248, and many of its most beautiful monuments and architecture come from that period. The fourth-largest city in Spain, Seville is also renowned as the birthplace of flamenco and Don Juan. Mmmm sounds like fun! First stop: Plaza de España. In the early morning sun our assembled group passed through the Puerta de Aragon, an impressive tiled entrance to the Plaza de ... read more
Bride at Plaza de España
Plaza de España
The massive Cathedral of Seville

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville January 11th 2020

I'm falling behind on writing these posts because the days are so full that I'm too tired at night to write. So a quick summary of our day touring Seville, which is fine also cause I didn't love it. We had a half day walking tour set up to see the Royal Alcazar, a place/fortress built in 10th century by Moors and rebuilt by Peter 1 and later others. It's a copy of the Alhambra built by 5000 workers. The thought running through my head was why did anyone need all this? Then we walked through what was oncevthe Jewish Quarter, home to 5000 Jews in the 1300's but is now called Barrio Santa Cruz or Holy Cross ( not so subtle a change) and heard the story of Jews who lived there so the religious ... read more
Checking out the gardens in the Alcazar
The people didn't have access to water to drink, but in the Alcazar water was used to cool the air.
In the Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville October 9th 2019

A day for revisiting. Last day in Spain. The weather has been brilliant. Our feet have done the pavements big time. Sad to leave but look forward to Nice, which we know so well. Looking at a wee holiday in our holiday! The radio right now is playing "Everybody's dancing in the moonlight!" Since noting the abundance of trees we notice the birdlife too...not something you hear or see much of in Europe cities (except pigeons!).... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville October 8th 2019

Once again an early morning venture. Off to the 'Mushrooms'. Best view of Seville. Las Setas de la Encarnación (Incarnation's mushrooms) On the different levels are the Roman & Moorish Archeological site preserved underneath, a Mercado, event platform for preforming arts, conference centre & the viewing decks ontop of the Mushrooms. The parasols are 26m high. A 100 million euro exercise. A definite must do in Seville.... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville October 7th 2019

Very early up to catch the early sunrise on the buildings. The Plaza de Espana was very quiet...but not for long. A walk through the huge gardens...teams of people working in it....so tidy. Onto the Pavillion Mudéjar. Moorish influenced architecture. These buildings & gardens were built for the 1929 Expo here. Great to see the city decided to build in Spanish Mudéjar design instead of going way out contemporary. The traditional design techniques that are special to Spain have been preseved. Another Expo later in 1992 they did the complete opposite & they now appear abandoned....more of a business park all the same...just another building that went too far with new design. The gardens around the Expo centre is planted in Exotics only. Pleased we made the effort & got up early today. I especially enjoyed ... read more
Plaza de Espana
Tiles of the regions
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