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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

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

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 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

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville October 6th 2019

Good sleep & headed out early....remembering how much hotter it is here than in Santa Maria. The Caterdal a bit quieter today & holding mass. We planned to go back to Plaza de Espana....however there were huge crowds of runners (thousands)...& of course we always head the other way no matter how intriging it might be. Everyone of them wearing pink t-shirts. Along the Quadalquivir, past the Tower Naval museum, the bullfighting ring, inland to Magdalena church, the metropol parasol, san Pedro (where once again it is quite clear where christianity has taken over the mosque dome). ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville » Triana September 29th 2019

Last day to look around Seville so over to the old town & came across a parade of the Madonna from the Caterina church.....I have seen these type of events on tv etc but to witness first hand was interesting. So emotional for the crowd they were in awe of the Statue....the band was so loud & the procession was so long. The crowd truely appeared to be blessed she had passed their way. We went on & came out at the Caterdal to find it was open & there were no tour groups... so of course we were in. Gothic in style it started as a Mosque & over time it grew & changed. 3rd largest Catherdral in the Christian world but the 1st largest Gothic temple in the world. We felt quite small.... Easy ... read more
An audience in awe
The band
Caterina Church

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville » Triana September 28th 2019

We had a bit of a day off today....& planned a short walk across the river to the Expo area. The sooner we get out the better the temperature...overnights of 16 which is perfect & before lunch is still in the early 20's. There is plenty of shade with trees everywhere. We just find it unusual the height of the day's temperature is between 4-7.30 pm. And so I learned that originally ancient Seville was actually an island given the nature of the Quadalquivir shape & it's silting up. The original core of the city, in the neighbourhood of the present-day street, Cuesta del Rosario, dates to the 8th century BC. Hard also to believe it having been a port 80km inland from the sea. The stroll across the river took us through the manicured gardens ... read more
Parliament gardens
Over the Quadalquivir
Expo centre

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville » Triana September 27th 2019

Triana established it's name for Spanish Ceramics. The clay soils of the Quadalquivir are a particulary good source for making pottery. Ceramic Tiles (azulejos) are just everywhere & the modern buildings use them as well. The Ceramics began here in the Islamic period then the Spanish-Muslim ceramists contributed the glazing techniques to architecture, in facades, sunrooms, baseboards & ceilings. Since then the Mudejar adopted oriental techniques that formed the basis of the local style. Then came the Mosaics & tiles usually hand painted with popular motifs. Eventually came an industrial process of wooden moulds. And being made in Triana the Plaza de Espana is covered in tiles too! And so today consisted of a walk to the incredible Plaza de Espana. Built in 1929. 50,000 sq metres, gates are open to the public free. Amazing!! The ... read more
Bridge at Plaza de Espana
Jewish Quarter
Pharmacy in Triana

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