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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville August 4th 2019

Lonely Planet rated Seville the best place to visit in 2018. The city is known for its beautiful Moorish architecture, flamenco dancing, monuments and artistic heritage. Lonely Planet also rated Detroit as number two, so I guess their ratings may not be to everybody’s taste. We were staying at a “boutique" hotel. The entrance was on a narrow street, one car wide. The taxi driver dropped us off and stood, blocking road and insisted on explaining at length where the best bars and tapas were and which direction for the cathedral and old town. It must have been the one Euro tip I gave him. We checked in and receptionist offered us a glass of Cava and insisted on pulling out a map and pointing out all the tourist sites and best areas. By the time ... read more
Behind the Cathedral
Cathedral Square
Jewish Quarter

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville July 2nd 2019

Bonjour à tous, Seville est une vile magnifique mais.... Pourquoi je ne donne pas mon linge à laver dans les hôtels, simplement que je porte pratiquement que des tee shirts, et que le prix du lavage est le même que pour une chemise en moyenne 7e. La formule du studio est l'alternative, à la laverie, en plus pratique. En Amérique du nord beaucoup d'hôtels son équipés de laves linge et sécheuses, avec monnayeur, ce qui est très pratique pour l'intendance. Même si ma nuit n'a pas été terrible, les contrariétés d'hier, ce matin je pars bien décidé à profiter de cette ville, dont je n'ai eu qu'un aperçu hier. Mon premier objectif est de bien me situer sur mon plan papier, plus en secours l'Iphone. Il ne m'a pas fallu aller bien loin, pour être totalement ... read more
la Cthédrale
plaza Don Juan Autria
parque de Maria Luisa

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville July 1st 2019

Bonjour à tous, Je devrais plus tôt vous dire bonsoir. Je n'ai jamais commencé mon blog aussi tard que ce soir, il est 22h. Hier j'ai eu une journée assez décevante, celle d'aujourd'hui, je n'ai pas encore trouver le qualificatif, chose certaine, je suis épuisé, vidé. Je fais ce soir mon 390 ème blog, et je n'ai jamais vécu pareille journée. Ce matin tout va bien, au moment de partir, je jette un oeil sur ma carte, avant de, normalement programmer, Seville, mais je vois Alcala dans la grande banlieue, et cette ville apparait dans certain guide, je la met en étape intermédiaire. Ce qui me fait, au départ une étape de 100km, c'est très bien, surtout, que pour ici, il est assez tôt 9 heure et 24° A Seville, j'ai trouvé comme à Madrid, un ... read more
porte Macarena
Alcala
le lieu de mes galères

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville June 3rd 2019

We had booked onto the 9.30am roof tour of the cathedral. Apparently, this is the third largest cathedral in the world. I later had a look and that is true, with it coming in behind St Peter’s Basilica in Rome (no surprises there) and one in Brazil somewhere. The largest British cathedral was a surprise, as it was Liverpool, coming in at number seven. The cathedral was built in three different centuries and once it was pointed out, the difference is styles is obvious. The first part was built in the 12th century, but was actually originally a mosque. You can see the Islamic type architecture, albeit with various Christian artefacts added. The dominant part was built in the 15th century and is in the imposing Gothic style. Despite the scale, it only took 72 years ... read more
Real Alcazar
Palace Baths
Seville Airport

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville June 2nd 2019

I got up early for some photographs of the impressive cathedral, but lit up in the dark and, hopefully, without all the crowds who are filling the streets until way after my bedtime. There were a few people who were still enjoying their Saturday night out, but only a few. Sadly though, the illuminated building was a non-starter as the flood lights had been turned-off. It wasn’t a total wright-off, however, as the cathedral looked particularly stunning when the sun came up and it was bathed in the red, early morning light. It was nice to listen to the bells striking as I was waiting for some light. We had decided that we would go on the hop-on, hop-off sight-seeing bus tour, which are usually great to get some additional information and history, and to find ... read more
Metropol Parasol View
Metropol Parasol
Seville Cathedral

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville June 1st 2019

Breakfast included freshly squeezed orange juice, which I suppose you could expect in Seville. In fact, a lot of the trees were still covered in oranges, although, sadly, it was the wrong time of year for the famous orange blossom, which is supposed to create a lovely fragrance all over the city. We now got to see Seville in daylight and we were not disappointed. It’s a stunning city. We decided to start with a walk to the Parque Maria Luisa, the highlight of which is the Plaza de Espana. What we didn’t know is that today Seville is hosting Spain’s annual Armed Forces Day and there was going to be a huge parade through the centre of the city. Whilst it did make some parts of the city inaccessible, it did pull all the crowds ... read more
Toledo
Fly Past
Armed Forces Day

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville May 31st 2019

Nothing has changed. I can’t stand Luton airport, which, despite all the building work seems to be getting worse rather than better. It's getting more and more 'Ryanair' every time we go there, starting with being charged for simply dropping people off and with cameras everywhere to enforce it. Next, there’s the building work itself as this airport seems to be in a constant state of ‘improvement’. It’s a long, long process, but they may get there eventually. Then there is the baggage drop, which you have to do yourself now. Mind you, I can’t just criticise Luton on that one, as we had the same experience at Heathrow last year (see ). Needless to say, it didn’t go smoothly as the label needed to be reprinted and then our bag jammed in the machine and ... read more
Torre del Oro
Luton Weigh-in
Luton Aspirations

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville November 29th 2018

The train journey from Malaga to Seville was excellent. we took the slow train for 35 Euros return. not bad for a 3 hour rail trip. The scenery from Malaga to Seville was initially stunning as we climbed into the mountains across gorges with great views of river valleys. we passed through some long tunnels and finally the terrain became flatter with lots of olive plantations. We got off at St Bernardo station in Seville. it is easy from here to get on a tram for 1:40 Euro to Plaza Nueva in the centre of Seville. This was a short stroll away from our hotel, Las Casas de los Mercaderes. Next day we started with a visit to Seville Cathedral. This is a huge edifice and extremely spacious inside. There was so much to admire both ... read more
nice man
seville cathedral
seville street scene

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville June 13th 2018

We: walked freely – used a ‘Hop On’ bus – walked freely – lunched magnificently – did a sensational guided walk – walked freely – rested – ice creamed - did an insightful, enjoyable, informative night guided walk – walked quickly and freely – dined and wined and laughed and conversed in a multitude of languages including sign - made new friends – reflected on what travel is to us, emotionally – showered - rested. A very fulfilling and definitely memorable day to say the least. Absolutely loved it.... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville June 13th 2018

Guided walks in Seville at 1.30pm and 7pm.... read more




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