Day 3 – Shopping, The Cathedral and moving

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Unmounted mounted police at Plaza Nuevo

I woke up at 6.00 and couldn’t get back to sleep so decided to write some of my blog.

When we were both ready we had some breakfast and decided to explore some of the shops. Many shops in Seville are of the big chain variety you will find all over Europe: Mango, H & M, C & A and the likes. Of course there are also many independent stores and we saw quite a few of them! And just to show not all women are the same: after a good few hours of shopping we had bought exactly one t-shirt, and it wasn’t mine!

 

Today we also finally saw the Catedral y Giralda by daylight.

Wall painting at Plaza Nuevo
We decided not to go inside as there is an €8,- entrance fee and we thought we should make the most of the gorgeous weather instead. So we walked around, had a look at the many statues around the cathedral and Plaza de Triunfo and got hassled by some palm readers who would not let go. First we were offered a sprig of a plant (for free) and then they grabbed our hands and started reading them. We kept insisting “no” and trying to pull our hand away but they did not give up that easily! They just kept on talking (in Spanish, and my Spanish is not that good so I only understood about three words out of the whole thing), and then had the nerve to charge me €5,- for that! I ended up giving her €1,- and she got quite upset. I wasn’t going to give her anything but I thought the fact that she told me I was going to be lucky in love was worth something… J When I caught up with my sister again she told me that when she was going to give “her” lady something the “lady” saw the €20,- note she had and tried to charge her that…

After we finally freed ourselves we had some lunch at a little café called Tiberna Belmonte in one of the back streets in the Santa Cruz area.

Rent-a-bikes at Plaza Nuevo
The food was nice, the décor interesting with all the bulls heads on the wall with plaques underneath describing the names and when and by whom they were killed in the bull arena.

After lunch we headed back to the hostel to have a siesta, or a rest at least. Whoever invented siesta’s had the right idea! Just relaxing in the middle of a (working) day is my idea of having fun… We stayed in the room a couple of hours, checked internet, wrote a blog, read a little… This holiday has the right amount of active stuff and relaxation, just what I needed.

 

After all this we decided to go out again to see if we could score any more at the shops. However my sister asked me if I would mind if she asked if it would be possible to change rooms in the hostel, to a room with a window. That was fine by me, some fresh air would be nice, so we asked expecting to be very lucky if we could move the next day.

Avenida de la Constitucion (courtesy of Barbara)
We were even luckier than that though as they had a room available straight away! We moved immediately and the new room is much bigger (although also with more beds), and on the first floor. This has several advantages: no running up and down the stairs as much, and I can get on the internet in our own room with my laptop for free! After the move we went out again but in the end we got quite tired (not used to all the walking…) The shops closed at 20.30 so we went in search for a place to have a drink and some food. We ended up at Mesón Cinco Jotas, where we didn’t really eat that much as we were just too buggered…

 

Back to the room and more blogging and online activities, and before I knew it it was 1 in the morning!

pms70 says:
Hey, to me that's a smiley, does it come up as a J to you? Wow, now I'll have people guessing won't I? LOL
Posted on: Feb 19, 2009
Stevie_Wes says:
So come on the lady... dish it... who's the 'J' subtly inferred at the end of this intriguing sentence : "I was going to be lucky in love was worth something… J" Oh I see, a typo-error... yeah right! ;D LOL
Posted on: Feb 19, 2009
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Unmounted mounted police at Plaza …
Unmounted mounted police at Plaza…
Wall painting at Plaza Nuevo
Wall painting at Plaza Nuevo
Rent-a-bikes at Plaza Nuevo
Rent-a-bikes at Plaza Nuevo
Avenida de la Constitucion (courte…
Avenida de la Constitucion (court…
Horse carriages at Plaza San Frans…
Horse carriages at Plaza San Fran…
Nice building
Nice building
Catedral y Giralda
Catedral y Giralda
Statue on Plaza de Triunfo (courte…
Statue on Plaza de Triunfo (court…
More statues (courtesy of Barbara)
More statues (courtesy of Barbara)
Cathedral and statue (courtesy of …
Cathedral and statue (courtesy of…
Another statue (courtesy of Barbar…
Another statue (courtesy of Barba…
Entrance Catedral y Giralda
Entrance Catedral y Giralda
Wall at Plaza de Triunfo
Wall at Plaza de Triunfo
Wall at Plaza de Triunfo
Wall at Plaza de Triunfo
Entrance Catredral y Giralda
Entrance Catredral y Giralda
Side of Catedral y Giralda
Side of Catedral y Giralda
Inside Taberna Belmonte
Inside Taberna Belmonte
Me at lunch (courtesy of Barbara)
Me at lunch (courtesy of Barbara)
Delicatessen shop (courtesy of Bar…
Delicatessen shop (courtesy of Ba…
Alley (courtesy of Barbara)
Alley (courtesy of Barbara)
Church and street
Church and street
Donation box in wall of church
Donation box in wall of church
Iglesia del Salvador
Iglesia del Salvador
Sign
Sign
The new room
The new room
Another church
Another church
Mason Cinco Jotas
Mason Cinco Jotas
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Well located taberna with interesting decor and average food
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Sevilla Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Centrally located cafe with little variety
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