The hotel we stayed in
We have arrived! Although we had an hour delay, the flights went well. I say 'flights' because we had to change planes in Madrid. That was a bit of a hassel, 'cause (due to our delay) there were only 12 minutes before the plain to Sevilla
would take off. We had to run like hell to get there in time. With the two of us, that's no problem. But we were with a group of the closest relatives, 13 people all together. four of those thirteen are elderly people. two of them have difficulties walking. The electronic information boards said we had to walk nine minutes to the other gate. You can understand what a close call it was. We did make it and only one of 15 suitcases didn't make it.
The hotel lobby
Transportation from the airport to the hotel was taken care of, very adequatly, i may add. We are staying in hotel Vincci la rabida in the old centre of Sevilla. What a beautiful hotel it is. Not cheap; 230 euros per night, but worth every penny, or dime, if you like. We all gatherd in the hotel lobby and were given the keycards to our rooms. The rooms were perfect. The hotel is a four star (****) accomodation but it has the aspiration to become a five star hotel. One can tell by the many bathing miniatures the staff had layed out in the bathroom. Not only the normal soap, showercap and showergel but also a shoepolish block, a comb, toothbrushes, bodymilk, a shoehorn and so on.
After everyone had time to freshen up, we were invited to join the future couple on the roof.
View of the roofbar
There's a bar on the roof of the hotel where we would have a drink and some tapas. The view from the roofbar is spectacular. You have a great view of La Giralda, the famous cathedral. There's a panoramic view on both sides of the roof, so in fact you can see all of Sevilla. As the evening was setting in, the colours of the sky changed every minute. Later, the surrounding buildings and monuments were lit by enormous spotlights. Some buildings looked like pure gold, from where we were standing. If you take a look at my photos below, you see what I mean. Especially the one of the cathedral, La Giralda, is worthwhile. Blow it up on your screen to get a hint of the sensation we had while we were on that roof. What we didn't know was that this spectacular view, these wonderful tapas and the entire atmosphere were only a prelude of things to come.