Since we have arrived in Europe I have worn jeans every day. For those who know me they may be a little shocked by this. But in Seville (Sp) that all changed an I cracked out the shorts for the first time – what lovely white legs.
We camped near the river here and were able to walk into the city. Next to the bridge we used to cross the river, was a train bridge that lowered to allow trains to cross. As we crossed the bridge the train bridge was down and a loco came past and waved and tooted the horn at the kids – kind of welcome to Seville.
First stop was Parque de Maria Luisa where we came across some gum trees which made us feel a little at home, then onto the Plaza de Espana. Plaza de Espana was built for a world fair in the 1920’s. Obviously the Spanish either like tiles a lot or they were very cheap at the time because they are everywhere. The building is very ornate and the fountain in the middle spraying mist over us was nice and cool – I even managed a photo of a rainbow but no pots of gold.
We visited a military museum here which had a collection of model soldiers through Spains history as well as uniforms and weapons etc. Legoboy really enjoyed looking at all of the models.
We wandered past the Alfonso XIII hotel which is apparently famous, then found a Tapas place for lunch and sat on the street to eat. We all enjoyed our little taste of Spain.
After lunch we visited the Cathedral Santa Maria where Christopher Columbus is buried. We had the experience here like we did at the Alhambra of ladies coming up to you and trying to put a piece of plant into your hand and then getting you to pay for it – at the Alhambra the lady grabbed onto SWTTM and tried to get her to take it and then tried to give her a palm reading fortunately SWTTM is a martial arts expert and fought her off (I made up some of that).
You could easily get lost in this church there are rooms all around the place, all extremely ornate and the biggest doors you have ever seen. Apparently this is the largest Gothic church in the world.
We went up into the bell tower which rather than stairs has 35 ramps followed by 17 stairs – not sure if ramps are any easier to climb than stairs – which rang 4 o’clock while we were up there, but it was only one of the small bells so we left with our hearing intact.