Wednesday, June 5, 2013

10th Anniversary Trip Part 2 - Seville

On Monday morning, May 27th, we boarded a 7:00 AM train to Seville from Madrid.  I had booked us a walking tour at 10:30 AM and we needed to take 2.5 hour train ride, cab to our hotel, check in to drop off luggage and then make our way to the walking tour.  We had a great tour guide who gave us a 2 hour overview of the city including information on Seville's rich history.  Seville was such an amazing city - full of character and charm.  The center of the historic district revolves around the massive cathedral (3rd largest in Europe) and it's bell tower, seen here below during the day and at night:
Following the tour, we visited the Alcazar Palace of Seville:
The gardens of the Alcazar were beautiful:
Brian adding a head to this statue:
More of the beautiful flowers in the gardens:
Our hotel was tucked away in the Barrio de Santa Cruz (old Jewish quarters).  The streets were like mazes and it was an adventure trying to find it every time we went back.  Part of the fun of the Barrio district is getting lost, so we enjoyed the fun of finding the hotel each time:
Our hotel had free bicycles to use, so we took them out both days of our trip:
On Monday night, we got the pleasure of taking in a Flamenco show.  Brian and I both fully enjoyed this hour long show - the singer, guitarist and dancer were all amazing.  I was also especially happy with how this photo turned out:
Trying to get effect of the twirling dress:
After the show, we went to dinner at Albarama for a tapas dinner.  The food was amazing.  This shrimp with garlic aoli risotto was our favorite:
The streets of Seville at night were equally charming:
Another view of the Cathedra Bell Tower at night:
The next day we got more lost in the streets of Seville for fun:
Brian at the Torre del Oro:
We walked back to the cathedral to tour inside and climb the bell tower.  This photo was taken from the top of the bell tower looking down on Seville:
Brian by a fountain in the courtyard of the cathedral:
Onto lunch and some yummy paella:
Our hotel in Seville (Hotel El Rey Moro) had a gorgeous open courtyard where we ate breakfast:
 That afternoon we took the bikes out to Plaza de Espana in Seville, built for the 1929 world's fair:
You can barely see but I'm standing on the bridge:
A view of the Plaza de Espana:
Bike riding in a park - just to the left center of the fountain is a dog laying in the water:
The Guadalquivir River in Seville:
We were sad to say goodbye to Seville - we absolutely loved it.  But on Wednesday morning, we were up bright and early to catch a 7:30 bus to the town of Tavira in Portugal, where we walked through cobblestone streets to find a Budget rental car inside of a hotel.  We would drive this car for about an hour (plus an additional 30 minutes of being lost) to the town of Olhos de Agua.  To be continued . . .

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