Happy Anniversary

Sevilla Travel Blog

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Today was our 5th anniversary and thankfully the weather was beautiful for some sightseeing.  Sevilla is a beautiful city which looks very spanish with all the vibrantly coloured buildings.  This is what we were expecting of the other cities but they looked like most other european places.

We walked across the river to the main centre, stopping to look at the bull fighting ring along the way.  As we had only just seen one recently we didn't need to go on the tour.  While walking along the river bank we noticed an advert to see an Andalucian horse show so we headed straight for the tourist info to get - well some info.  Unfortunately they were of no help and just didn't seem interested which was a bummer as it would have been a nice way to spend our anniversary.
  What did perk us up was seeing all the weddings that were happening, lots of bridal cars and quite a few bridal horse carts were spotted around the place.

The info place was just near the main cathedral and Alcazar.  Can't really say much about Alcazar except that it is royal residence surrounded by a huge wall.  We didn't bother going in to see the grounds as there are plenty of other gardens and parks to walk around.  We found a little cafe in a small square and sat for a quick lunch and a drink and to relax a bit.

We went back to the hostel for a bit of a rest and to see if we could find some information about the horse show but couldn't find where it was so spoke to the guy at reception and he told us of a free flamenco show so we thought that would be a nice thing to do.

When looking around for a meal last night we stumbled across a road side bar which served plates of seafood for tapas so thought we'd give it a try.  It's a cool little concept, have a range of precooked seafood there, people order a drink and some seafood and everyone is happy.  We ended up having 2 plates of prawns which were devoured in no time with a couple of beers (beers were very cheap).  We thought it best to stop at 2 plates and just have a couple more beers - little did we know you actually get a couple of prawns on a side plate for free with every drink - heaven!

At 10pm most nights a bar in the centre has a free Flamenco show.  Now every place we walked past that advertised a show all cost money, so when a free one is on offer it's hard to pass up the chance.
  Plus being that the hostel lets everyone know about it, all the hostels are doing it so it should be quite a busy place.  So we had the last of our prawns at about 9 and slowly strolled for about 30mins over the bridge and through the centre.  The bar was fairly quiet to begin with, but as it neared 10 it got very full very fast.  It was good we had arrived a little earlier to get seats otherwise it wouldn't have been much fun not being able to see anything.

The Flamenco show was good, it started out with the guitarist playing the music, male singer and female dancer sitting down clapping to the beat.  Eventually the guy began to sing the passionate song with the woman yelling "ole" every so often.  She then got up and danced for about 10minutes - stomping her way up and down the stage perfectly timed with the music.  We both tried to do a little flamenco on the way back and it's damn hard work to keep in time and be fast like she was.  Even though the show was over only after 15mins it was worth seeing.
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