Today, Saturday, is only the second time on this trip that we have spent two nights in one place. There is so much to see and do in Sevilla that it is easy to spend more than one day here. Saturday morning we had coffee, croissants and fresh orange juice at a cafe next to our hotel. I love the automatic orange juice making machines here. We watched our waiter load the machine with oranges and make our juice.

Automatic orange juice making machine.
Fresh squeezed orange juice.

After breakfast we went for a horse and buggy tour of the area around the cathedral and Plaza de España.

Is in front of Plaza de España
Gayle, Roger, Duke and Me.
Roger thanking the horse after our ride.

Next we went to the Archives of the Indies. It is where they have all the old documents related to Spains exploration and colonization. They have exhibits that change every few months. The displays were all in Spanish but still interesting. This time the exhibit was about the New Spain fleet and the the search for the galleon Nuestra Señora de Juncal which sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 1631.

In front of the Archives of the Indies
The exhibit about Spanish exploration.

From the archives we found a place to have coffee.

Coffee Break

Each coffee packet has a saying on it. So we took pictures with our packets.

Duke’s says “Say what you want but you can’t deny I’m very sweet.”

We were revitalized so we did the Rick Steve’s walking tour of Seville. We are here at a very good time. Al the orange trees are blooming and the air is full of the smell of orange blossoms. It’s wonderful.

In Barrio Santa Cruz

We had a tasty lunch in a small square, outside, under the orange trees.

Lunch under the orange trees

We shared tapas.

Roasted peppers

After playing cards for a while by the hotel pool, we decided to take a walk through the newer shopping district of Sevilla. When we got over to Avenida de la Constitución, just past the cathedral we discovered a big parade of mainly Peruvian and Bolivian dancers. they wore wonderful, colorful costumes. The dancing was fast, exuberant and lots of fun to watch.

Dancers singing
Dancers with cymbals on their shoes
Cymbal shoes

For dinner we went to a tapas restaurant with bull heads on the walls. Each head had a plaque about the famous bull.

Bulls head restaurant. It’s real name is Bar Catedral Sevilla
Stuffed mushrooms and eggplants and cheese.

Madrid to Sevilla

Friday morning we walked to the Madrid train station and caught an 8 am high speed train to Sevilla.

Walking to the train station in Madrid

We had coffee and pastries in the station before boarding the train

Breakfast in Madrid Atocha station

The train ride was smooth, scenic, relaxing and fast!

Arriving in Sevilla
On the train

Our hotel rooms weren’t ready so we went across the street and visited Sevilla Cathedral.

Inside Sevilla Cathedral
The altar piece
Columbus Tomb

One of the things I was struck by was how bright the paintings that had been cleaned were. It was especially noticeable when a cleaned painting was next to an uncleaned painting.

Cleaned painting on right, uncleaned on left.

We went up to the top of the Giralda Tower. In an earlier version the tower was the minaret of the mosque that was on this sight.

The Giralda Tower of Sevilla Cathedral
The view from the bell tower with our hotel in the foreground (the one with the pool).

While we were inside the cathedral it stated raining hard. Everyone had brought their raincoats except me. Luckily it was a short walk to the hotel.

Walking to the hotel in the rain

We had cheese and ham for lunch and played cards.

Lunch and cards
The Giralda Tower from the rooftop terrace of the hotel. The roof terrace was closed because of the rain.

Later we put on our raincoats and went for a walk. We walked along the river and went in the Torre del Oro. It was the customs house for the riches from the Americas which flowed through Seville. Now it’s a naval museum.

Torre de Oro

About 8:00 pm, after a break and short siesta at the hotel, we went out to find some tapas for dinner. The rain had stopped and there were a lot of people out. We had a perfect dinner of tapas and beer.

Avocado stuffed with eel
Fried Camembert with shrimp

As we walked back to the hotel the streets were full and the cathedral was lit up.

The cathedral after dinner
Walking back to the hotel