Unmounted mounted police at Plaza Nuevo
I woke up at 6.00 and couldnâ€™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 wasnâ€™t mine!
Today we also finally saw the Catedral y Giralda by daylight.
We decided not to go inside as there is an â‚¬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 â€śnoâ€ť 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 â‚¬5,- for that! I ended up giving her â‚¬1,- and she got quite upset. I wasnâ€™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 somethingâ€¦ J When I caught up with my sister again she told me that when she was going to give â€śherâ€ť lady something the â€śladyâ€ť saw the â‚¬20,- note she had and tried to charge her thatâ€¦
Wall painting at Plaza Nuevo
After we finally freed ourselves we had some lunch at a little cafĂ© called Tiberna Belmonte in one of the back streets in the Santa Cruz area.
The food was nice, the dĂ©cor 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.
Rent-a-bikes at Plaza Nuevo
After lunch we headed back to the hostel to have a siesta, or a rest at least. Whoever invented siestaâ€™s had the right idea! Just relaxing in the middle of a (working) day is my idea of having funâ€¦ We stayed in the room a couple of hours, checked internet, wrote a blog, read a littleâ€¦ 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.
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 walkingâ€¦) 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 MesĂłn Cinco Jotas, where we didnâ€™t really eat that much as we were just too buggeredâ€¦
Avenida de la Constitucion (courtesy of Barbara)
Back to the room and more blogging and online activities, and before I knew it it was 1 in the morning!
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