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

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

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