A tour of Seville
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May 16th, 2010 – by: cotterb
"Breakfast" was at Starbucks. Some tea, a sandwich for me, and yogurt for Kim started our day and then we started our tour. We were too early to see the tourist side of the church since it didn´t open until 2:30 since today is Sunday and the chuch was busy with services. We did take a quiet moment to enter the church between mass sessions and looked around. The Alcazar had a line a mile long, as did the church when we returned later so we skipped both of them.
We walked down to the river, the Guadalquivar. Along the bank was a nice walk and it is home to the torre de oro, the Tower of Gold.
The bull fighting ring in Seville remains active, and they actually had a fight scheduled for 7pm today. We would be leaving town before then so we weren´t able to get tickets. The tour took about 40 minutes and we were able to see the ring and a museum held within the corriders of the building. It was very interesting and we learned some about how bull fights go.
In a bull fight there are three fighters who each fight 2 bulls. During a fight the bull fighter must, in addition to killing the bull, put on an exciting performance.
It was approching 2:30 at this point so we grabbed some lunch at an Irish pub, picked up our bags, and headed for the train station where we would pick up our car. This meant a trip on their over ground tram system, followed by a ride on the bus which dropped us right in front of the station.
Train stations are a lot like airports in regards to the services they offer. Renting a car from the train station will work out perfectly for us because when we return we´ll be right there to take the train to Madrid.
This was when things got tough. We needed to a) find the road to get to Grendada and b) find a store to get some snacks. Being in a big city with little streets we had some difficulty. Once we did find a store (and I´m glossing over a lot of work here) we found that they didn´t have maps. We guessed which way to go and got lucky and found ourselves headed to Grenada.
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