Sevilla

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Sevilla looks different with a hangover ...

I don't know if it was the expensive beer, the Licor 43, the lack of fresh air in our room or something else, but Mark and I both awoke with a slight hangover. The excellent breakfast buffet at Al-Andalus Palace helped a bit in the  recovery process  but a nagging headache lasted until well in the afternoon. Before we left for the city I used the business center to upload the blog and then we were off at 10 o'clock.

 

The main plan for today was a visit to the big Cathedral of Sevilla, but since it only opened at 11 o'clock we first walked to the Plaza del Torros (bullfightring) that mom and dad wanted to visit.

Shaking off a hangover in Sevilla.
Now, both myself and Mark fiercely disagree with bullfighting so we stayed outside instead and relaxed at one of the banks of the Rio Guadalquivir, where I lay down on one of the low walls, trying to shake of the hangover while getting a tan. ;-)

 

From the river we walked to the big cathedral to check out this supposed highlight of Sevilla. Well, what can I say, it's a cathedral ... and its big. Actually, it's huge, one of the largest cathedrals of the world, 126m long and 83m wide. It was built in the 15th century when the former mosque at the same location that had been used as a church had fallen into decay. The mosque's original minaret still stands tall and proud as the famous 90m high La Giralda.

 

I have to admit that the sheer size of the building was indeed impressive and the domes and stained glass windows are exceptionally nice.

Torre del Oro, Sevilla.
The capilla mayor, holding more than 1000 biblical figures is intimidating to say the least. But still, I don't care much for churches and the collections of Christian art. By now I had my fair share of churches already and honestly hoped that this would be the last. Surely, nothing could beat this one.

 

After checking out the tomb of Columbus - although sources disagree if the bones inside are really the ones of the discoverer of America - I decided to climb the Giralda tower. The way up consists of series of ramps, turning 34 (!) corners, that enabled guards to ride up the tower on horseback in the old days. This made the climb relatively easy and the view from the top over Sevilla was well worth it.

 

We left the church around 2 o'clock and had a coffee and delicious Tarta de Baileys (Baileys cake) on a nearby terrace.

Cathedral of Sevilla.
Having seen enough of the inner city we continued to Parque de Maria Luisa and Plaza Espana. The latter was a lovely 'square' with big fountain, surrounded by a nice semi-circular building with tiled representations of all of Spain's provinces at the base.

We really got away from the noise of the city and scorching sun (it was 31 degrees today) in the park. The park has 3500 trees, many fountains and lovely small buildings. And also gave me a chance to correct the bad karma I had built up by cursing in the cathedral when I tripped over a threshold. A wounded bird was drowning in one of the fountains, so I got it out and put it beneath a bush to recover, getting half-soaked in the process. Still, this seemingly wasn't enough good karma since some slight bad luck was in store for us. On the tourist map we were using, our hotel was depicted very near the end of the park. A new lesson learned: never trust a tourist map. It took another 45 minute walk to cross and area that according to the map was only 5 minutes by foot.

La Giralda of Sevilla.
When arriving in the hotel it was high time for a cerveza at the hotel's poolside.

 

Since I already got myself wet by saving that bird (no pun intended) I decided I might as well take a swim. The water of the hotel's pool was very nice, much warmer than the freezing H2O in Almunecar. The next couple of hours were spent swimming, reading in my latest Dalai Lama book and taking a nap on one of the chairs besides the pool. As far as swimming was concerned, it was good to get a bit of exercise now that I was missing my frequent fitness sessions and was smoking a bit too much (trying to keep up with Mark, not to mention the sheesha's). I therefore decided to head for the gym at the top floor of the hotel, spending another 30 minutes on the treadmill. Sweating like a pig I returned to the room, took a shower and went downstairs to have dinner with mom; Mark and dad had left to check out one of the Flamenco performances in town. After dinner I had another go at uploading some pictures but once again the PC didn't like Travbuddy's Java tool all that much.

Cathedral of Sevilla.
I gave up at midnight and called it a day (after a 43 and a smoke of course). ;-)

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Sevilla looks different with a han…
Sevilla looks different with a ha…
Shaking off a hangover in Sevilla.
Shaking off a hangover in Sevilla.
Torre del Oro, Sevilla.
Torre del Oro, Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
La Giralda of Sevilla.
La Giralda of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Cathedral of Sevilla.
Tomb of Columbus, Cathedral of Sev…
Tomb of Columbus, Cathedral of Se…
Bells of La Giralda
Bells of La Giralda
Plaza de Espana, Sevilla.
Plaza de Espana, Sevilla.
Plaza de Espana, Sevilla.
Plaza de Espana, Sevilla.
Posing at Plaza Espana.
Posing at Plaza Espana.
Plaza Espana.
Plaza Espana.
Being a smartass at Plaza Espana.
Being a smartass at Plaza Espana.
Parque de Maria Luisa.
Parque de Maria Luisa.
Parque de Maria Luisa, where I sav…
Parque de Maria Luisa, where I sa…
Sevilla
photo by: JP-NED