Seville, flamenco, late night

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Leaving Portugal (looking back)
It was not very far to drive to Seville from Almancil, and there was no border to cross either. We arrived at the hotel easily, the street was narrow, and I parked off to the side while Kevin went into find out where we would park. It turned out that the hotel parking is on the street in the back, and there isn't much room to move around, even with the small car we had, a Mini Cooper. The hotel sent one of their staff to help drive the car into the elevator, and then we descended a few floors underground to the parking garage. There were some bigger cars in there, and it amazed me that they were able to fit into the elevator. The hotel had an open atrium, and the floors above can look down at the lobby cafe, very interesting. All the hotel rooms had names, not numbers, and were all on the 3rd floor.
entering Spain
We had a corner room it turned out, and that would be a great plus later when we view the Holy Week processions! The room was pretty nice, with two big windows, but also heavy curtains (it would be hot in the summer without them). There was even a computer in the public area on the same floor, but they also had wireless internet access.

After settling in, we had a little siesta, and then went out in the late afternoon. We walked to the Plaza Neuva, which was less than 5 minutes away, and then some streets around it where there was plenty of shopping, These were also the popular streets for the evening Paseo (walking about) for the people, no cars were allowed on these streets. We saw many stores where beautiful Flamenco dresses were on display (we would find out later that this was the best place in Spain for Flamenco dresses), women and girls were in stores trying them on, I found out from talking to some of them that they were buying the dresses for the April Fair l which is happening in a few weeks.
Street just past our hotel
The atmosphere was definitely colorful and fun, the temperature was nice and not too hot as it would be in daytime. Paseo would be something we participate in everywhere we went in Spain.

We went back to the hotel for dinner, the restaurant of the same name in the hotel was one of the best places to eat in Seville, and their tasting menu was superb. The price was not cheap (around 100 euros for the two of us), but definitely worth it. I think we had the reservation at 9:30pm, and finished around 11pm! A late dinner was great, since I had read about the impromptu flamenco dancing in bars throughout the old town after midnight, and wanted to see if we can find some local bars where this happens. We crossed the Isabel II bridge and went into the Triana area on the other side of the river Guadalquivir, in one of the bars mentioned in the Rick Steve's book, the "Lo Neustro", it was quite lively, and we went inside to see if there was dancing going on.
the interior of the hotel, we had the corner room behind Kevin
Apparently there was, and we stood in the packed room watching locals dance. We never ordered any drinks, and nobody bothered us. It was really fun to watch someone who knows how to dance, and other people in the bar would also agree, as they would applaud and yell at the good dancers! After almost 1 hour of watching, we made our way back across the river, towards the Cathedral, and took some pictures before heading back to the hotel around almost 2am! Definitely not something I do normally, but in Seville, it seemed the natural thing to do.
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Leaving Portugal (looking back)
Leaving Portugal (looking back)
entering Spain
entering Spain
Street just past our hotel
Street just past our hotel
the interior of the hotel, we had …
the interior of the hotel, we had…
the far one on the left
the far one on the left
looking down from the hotel room l…
looking down from the hotel room …
the parking structure underground,…
the parking structure underground…
bed of our room
bed of our room
bathroom of our hotel room
bathroom of our hotel room
bathroom of our hotel room
bathroom of our hotel room
another corner of our room
another corner of our room
view outside the door of our room
view outside the door of our room
a parlor in the hotel
a parlor in the hotel
entrance of our hotel
entrance of our hotel
we had the corner room on the top …
we had the corner room on the top…
street near our hotel
street near our hotel
Plaza Neuva
Plaza Neuva
near Plaza Neuva and the cathedral…
near Plaza Neuva and the cathedra…
near the flamenco museum
near the flamenco museum
big door, I think it was of Casa d…
big door, I think it was of Casa …
Convent of San Jose del Carmen, wh…
Convent of San Jose del Carmen, w…
inside a flameno dress store
inside a flameno dress store
inside a flameno dress store
inside a flameno dress store
beautiful flamenco dresses inside …
beautiful flamenco dresses inside…
beautiful flamenco dresses inside …
beautiful flamenco dresses inside…
inside a flameno dress store
inside a flameno dress store
a beautiful flamenco dress in a sh…
a beautiful flamenco dress in a s…
a local woman trying on her dress …
a local woman trying on her dress…
they are shopping for the April fa…
they are shopping for the April f…
a young woman poses for me in a sh…
a young woman poses for me in a s…
the flamenco dresses in Sevilla ar…
the flamenco dresses in Sevilla a…
red banners hang from balconies al…
red banners hang from balconies a…
evening paseo
evening paseo
evening paseo
evening paseo
public bicycles at Plaza Neuva, ho…
public bicycles at Plaza Neuva, h…
Plaza Neuva
Plaza Neuva
Plaza Neuva
Plaza Neuva
Interior of our hotels lobby, loo…
Interior of our hotel's lobby, lo…
Interior of our hotels lobby, Hot…
Interior of our hotel's lobby, Ho…
Interior of our hotels lobby, Hot…
Interior of our hotel's lobby, Ho…
soup was just the starter of our f…
soup was just the starter of our …
shrimp on something like a pudding…
shrimp on something like a puddin…
fish and mussels
fish and mussels
great roasted duck breasts
great roasted duck breasts
desert of some kind of rice
desert of some kind of rice
more goodies for desert
more goodies for desert
the bridge Puente de Triana. from …
the bridge Puente de Triana. from…
the bridge Puente de Triana. from …
the bridge Puente de Triana. from…
Interior of the Lo Nuestro bar alo…
Interior of the Lo Nuestro bar al…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
impromptu flamenco in the bar live…
impromptu flamenco in the bar liv…
the top of the Giralda Bell Tower …
the top of the Giralda Bell Tower…
The cathedral of Seville is the 3r…
The cathedral of Seville is the 3…
The cathedral of Seville at night,…
The cathedral of Seville at night…
Sevilla Hotels & Accommodations review
A wonderful hotel in Seville - Taberna del Alabardero
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