Day 2 - Sunday day of churches
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We woke up at around 08.00 and took our time getting ready. This is the great thing about being on holidays without children, you can do everything at your own pace. We had breakfast and around 10.00 we decide to get going to explore the city. It was still quite chilly but sunny and temperatures were expected to rise to about 17 degrees so much better than at home!
At first we just walked around aimlessly but soon discovered we were sort of following one of the walking routes in the tourist guide we had with us. We decided to follow it for a while to see some of the sights. After a while we realized that on this particular route a lot of the sights were churches. The first one we came to was the Parrroquia de San Pedro.
Something very interesting seemed to be happening.
After that we continued on to the Convent of Santa Inés which is right next door and was built in the second half of the fourteenth century. This was followed by Palacio de las Dueñas, the
We came to a church of which I haven’t been able to find the name yet. We were told we could visit but as there was a service going on we didn’t want to interrupt as neither of us are believers we decided to keep walking. We then walked past the old city Walls in La Macarena. The part of the walls still standing includes eight turrets, seven square and one octagonal. There is also an arch with the same name which is now used as the district’s emblem.
Coming towards the end (or the beginning, depending on the direction you walk in I suppose) of these walls which date back to the Almoravin period you will find the Basílica de La Macarena (built in 1949 and devoted to Seville’s own Madonna) on the one side, and the Hospital de las Cinco Llagas which houses the Andalusian Parliament on the other.
On the way back to the hostel we walked past the Museo des Bellas Arts, and the square this is situated on was the site for an outdoor arts market today. As we were both very tired of walking at this stage we decided to skip having a look around.
We were quite hungry by now and decided to go find somewhere to eat.
Of course we know places like this are usually more expensive but as we hadn’t spent any money yet we thought we might as well. We sat outside under one of those patio heaters at this restaurant called Bodega Gongora. We had some wine, a selection of tapas and spent a lazy couple of hours there.
Back at the hostel we choose to sleep for a couple of hours (oh, the luxury!)
before trying to find somewhere for dinner. I couldn’t resist getting online for half an hour though to check out TB of course…
When we woke up we got ready to go out and suddenly the power went off in the whole building.
We walked around for quite a while in search of dinner. We wanted authentic Spanish food and that wasn’t as easy as we had thought. Maybe we should have asked but we quite enjoyed walking around seeing the city all lit up. We eventually sat down at Robles Laredo (another cute waiter, maybe that’s what sucked us in?), and had a great time here. Again there were outdoor heaters so it was warm enough to sit outside in the square (with jackets on). We ate tapas again which were very nice, so much so we ordered a second portion of one of the dishes! We had some red wine (not so nice this time) and finished with a yummy looking dessert which you can pick out inside as they do not have a dessert menu. Café con leche for me, tea for my sister made for a perfect end to the day.