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Fabrico Artilleria

Up reasonably sharp again and decided to head back up the way I had come back last night to check out the stuff I had seen in the dark.

First place seemed to be some sort of military establishment, the give away of 'Fabrica Artilleria' being abpve the arch, and the security people not looking to happy about me taking photos of it. Didn't hang about long enough for them to approach me and headed off up the road and into the Jardines De La Buhaira. One nice old building, a pond and a pavillion, but not really that much to it.

Since I was close I thought I would suss out the way back to the train station, since I had made such a mess of it on arrival, and wanted to be confident in knowing my way and a rough time scale so as to be there in time to make my train the following day.

Cows in Jardines De Buhaira
Was really simple, and while at the station I looked at how to get to Italica. Thought there may have been a train, but on the transport map it seemed to be only accessible by bus, M172, that left from the bust staion at the Plaza Armas, so headed off across town to get there.

Passed by the fire station and then looking down saw a market, the Mercado Puerta De La Carne and headed off to see what was inside. Turned out to be a lot of fresh produce, with it being split into sections with fish counters, meat and fruit. Took nearly an hour to get back to the Plaza Armas and I went into the bus station to check it out. Not great information available, and from the looks of it there wasn't a bus withing the next hour, and the company the operated it had it's offices shut until 2-30pm.

Down to the old house in the park
Decided to give it up as a bad idea,since there was no telling what time I would be able to get back.

Back out pounding the streets I reached the bullring, and decided to go in. I was looking about and woman told me there was a tour just about to start, so I paid my €6 and got in just as the guide was about to shut the door. Unfortunately the woman hadn't told me that the tour was only in Spanish, but I tagged along and did the tour anyway.

Having been to the prestigious Las Ventas in Madrid during the summer I wasn't expecting much from the tour, but was surprised that there was most to see in it, and they had a museum section to go round. No doubt the tour would have been very informative if I'd been able to understand it as the guide did seem to be quite passionate about the subject, and from the number of times folk were laughing it seemed quite humourous.

Pavillion

Headed back up towards the Plaza Nueva, and found the pub I had been looking to try for a few day, Cerveceria Internacional ( see seperate review) and I had my lunch here. After that I bought a few things and headed back to the hotel to dump them in my room, and after that wandered rounf the Barrio Santa Cruz down some lanes I hadn't tried and came out at the Jardines De Murillo. Walked back round into the centre and passing the cathedral it looked like I could get in, so I did.

There were barriers blocking it off about half way down as there was some ceremony going on, but it was great and added to the atmosphere with the singing ringing around inside, and the noise from the orchestra. Went down as far as i could and saw the main area and here were kids in white costumes, with white hats with a blue feather on them, performing some sort of dance as they sang.

Pond and House
Very entertaining, but was the end of the ceremony as soon all the priests that had been there were heading out folowed by the audience and the band. Having seen enough I went to leave and as I went out folk wanting to get in were being refused admission, so I was lucky to get there when I did.

Also on my list of things to do was to visit the oldest pub in Sevilla, and as it was starting to get dark now I headed up to Plaza Los Teceros. Had to wind my way up a series of small streets and couldn't find it when I got there and had a look about before finding it just off the main Plaza . Will do a seperate review, but El Rinconcillo has been open for business since 1670, and was weel worth the visit.

Flag over the Fabrica Artilleria
Seemed I wasn't the only one to have a fascination with the pubs of Sevilla as there was a couple in taking photos as well, so I offered to take one of them together, which they were happy about.

Time to move on and as I headed through the streets in the direction I thought I should be going suddenly found myself recognising the area, as I was back in the Plaza Cristo De Burgos, where I had been to the Taberna Los Coloniales on my 2nd night here. Went in again and had a few beers and something to eat (seperate review done) and again it seemed amazingly cheap.

Time to go though as I had seen advertised outside another pub in the centre, the Sevillania,a Flamenco night that was to start at 10-30pm. Was OK, just, but not what I had expected, as there were no dancers. Three guys in the band, and they were late in starting, nearly an hour, and looked as if the guy that owned the bar had had to grease their palms with Euros to get them going. Good music though and I hung about for a bit before heading back to the hotel about 1am

 

Dr_Seuss says:
LOL Vance. Wasn't sure at first if the ''random ramblings'' was aimed at my way of seeing thing or writing :p

Anybody can look up stuff to go and visit, random rambling let's you find thing you didn't know were there :D
Posted on: Dec 21, 2009
vances says:
I really enjoy your "random rambling" method of exploration!
Posted on: Dec 21, 2009
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Fabrico Artilleria
Fabrico Artilleria
Cows in Jardines De Buhaira
Cows in Jardines De Buhaira
Down to the old house in the park
Down to the old house in the park
Pavillion
Pavillion
Pond and House
Pond and House
Flag over the Fabrica Artilleria
Flag over the Fabrica Artilleria
Road bridge back into town
Road bridge back into town
Parque De Bomberos - Fire Station
Parque De Bomberos - Fire Station
Mercado Puerta De La Carne
Mercado Puerta De La Carne
Stalls in the market
Stalls in the market
Butchers Counter
Butchers Counter
Lampost fountain Avenida De Malaga
Lampost fountain Avenida De Malaga
Church tower
Church tower
Los 3 Reyes Magos Ugly Toys :D
Los 3 Reyes Magos Ugly Toys :D
Merchants Malt House
Merchant's Malt House
Plaza De Armas Bus Station
Plaza De Armas Bus Station
Old Tram in bus station
Old Tram in bus station
Condesa De Barcelona Statue at the…
Condesa De Barcelona Statue at th…
Inside the bullring
Inside the bullring
Seating in the bullring
Seating in the bullring
Inside corridor in the bullring
Inside corridor in the bullring
Painting in the gallery
Painting in the gallery
Bull statue in the gallery
Bull statue in the gallery
Soldier display
Soldier display
Head In Hands Statue
Head In Hands Statue
Matador painting
Matador painting
Bulls Head and paintings
Bulls Head and paintings
Dead Bull Statue
Dead Bull Statue
Back through the museum
Back through the museum
Capes on the wall
Capes on the wall
La Oracion Del Torero
La Oracion Del Torero
matadors chapel
matadors chapel
Museum passageway
Museum passageway
Statue outside bullring
Statue outside bullring
Great Pub 8)
Great Pub 8)
Building on Avenida De La Constitu…
Building on Avenida De La Constit…
Plaza De Los Venerables
Plaza De Los Venerables
Washington Irving House
Washington Irving House
Jardines De Murillo
Jardines De Murillo
Path through the Jardines De Muril…
Path through the Jardines De Muri…
Shrine in Jardines De Murillo
Shrine in Jardines De Murillo
Jardines De Murillo Enterance gates
Jardines De Murillo Enterance gates
View over to the the Plaza Espana
View over to the the Plaza Espana
University (?)
University (?)
Courtyard fountain
Courtyard fountain
Harp Player at cafe
Harp Player at cafe
Inside cathedral
Inside cathedral
Cathedral Windows
Cathedral Windows
Side of cathedral
Side of cathedral
Wood Carvings
Wood Carvings
Ceremony in cathedral
Ceremony in cathedral
Costumes
Costumes
Road up to Plaza Los Teceros
Road up to Plaza Los Teceros
Church at Plaza De Jesus De La Pas…
Church at Plaza De Jesus De La Pa…
Church off Plaza Los Teceros
Church off Plaza Los Teceros
Oldest Pub In Sevilla
Oldest Pub In Sevilla
Avenida De La Constitucion at night
Avenida De La Constitucion at night
Flamenco Musicians
Flamenco Musicians
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El Rinconcillo - Sevilla's oldest pub
El Rinconcillo has been around since 1670, and was another internet 'find' in my research before going to Sevilla. Well worth the effort to go up a… read entire review
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