Sevilla

This morning we had breakfast in our hotel.

The breakfast buffet at our hotel

The Cathedral is very near our hotel so about 10:30 we walked over and stood in line to go in. The Sevilla Cathedral is the biggest Gothic Cathedral in the world and the third largest Cathedral after St Peter’s in Rome and St Paul’s in London.

Standing in line to get into the Sevilla Cathedral
Christopher Columbus’ Tomb

This afternoon we had our last beers with Rick and Elaine while sitting in a street cafe people watching.

Eventually we headed back to our hotel. The hotel called a taxi for us and we all went to the airport and Duke and I saw them off on their trip home. We took the bus back into town and walked through the park back to our hotel.

We had a wonderful dinner in a nearby cafe then walked by the museum we want to visit tomorrow to check their hours. Unfortunately this sign greated us. It says they are closed for 15 days because of the rules from the ministry of health.

Carmona to Sevilla

We returned our rental car in Sevilla this morning. The final few streets to the hotel were very narrow and quite nerve racking. After dropping off our friends and the luggage Duke and I took the car to the train stain to turn it in then walked back to our hotel.

The street we came down to get to our hotel.

Our room wasn’t ready so we took a horse and buggy ride around the old town.

In the Plaza de España
The Catedral de Sevilla

Sevilla’s center is a wonderful place to walk or sit and have a snack.

Our friends are cutting their trip short and heading home tomorrow. We of course are not going to do the Italian part of our trip. Duke spent the afternoon cancelling reservations.

After dinner we walked around the Cathedral and enjoyed the peaceful and beautiful setting.

Seville

We had a very full and fun day in Seville Thursday. We started in the Plaza de la Encarnación where we went up on top of the giant wood structure that the locals call the mushroom.

Underneath the giant mushroom are archaeological excavations and the remains of the Roman town.

After Butch and Myra visited the Cathedral we visited the Archives of the Indies. They are between exhibits so we only got to see the building itself.

Next we all went on a buggy ride around Seville.

It was wonderful. We saw things we hadn’t seen in our other visits to Seville. The Plaza de España was built for the 1929 world exhibition. It is colorful, big and beautiful.

Our final sightseeing stop of the day was the Royal Alcázar. It is a palace and gardens parts of which were originally built in the 10th century. This first picture is of the ceiling in the Hall of Ambassadors.

From the outside the Alcazar doesn’t seem that big but inside it is an enormous peaceful oasis. We

almost lost Butch and Duke in the maze.

Madrid to Seville

It rained off and on all day today. We walked to the train station in Madrid and then from the station in Seville to our hotel.

I love European high speed trains. Our trip from Madrid to Seville was fast and easy. Once we found our hotel we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Seville with occasional stops for tapas.

We had a great dinner at Chic&Olé.

On the way back to the hotel the rain had stopped and the cathedral was lit up.