Still More To Do
Sevilla Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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