A tour of Seville

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The Torre de Oro
Seville was great yesterday, tarnished only by our poor hotel experience.  When we woke at 11am the staff at the hotel watched our bags for a few hours while we toured the city for the rest of the day. 

"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.
From the top of the Torre de Oro
  We toured it and saw a great view of the city from the top, and also a lot of neat scale models of ships.  Almost direcly across the street was the bull fighting ring.  They too offered a tour. 

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.
The Spanish Flag at the top of the Torre de Oro
  The fighter will win the tail and 1 ear of the bull just for killing it.  Then if it was an exciting event, they will get tail and both ears as trophy´s.  If a fighter wins three trophy´s (three ears) during a single day´s fight then they will be carried out on the shoulders of the fans through special doors into the streets. 

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.
Along the river.
  We waited briefly for the attendant to return from their break and they got us set up quickly in a small manuel shift sedan with air conditioning. 

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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The Torre de Oro
The Torre de Oro
From the top of the Torre de Oro
From the top of the Torre de Oro
The Spanish Flag at the top of the…
The Spanish Flag at the top of th…
Along the river.
Along the river.
The bull fighting ring in Seville.
The bull fighting ring in Seville.
The bull fighting ring in Seville.
The bull fighting ring in Seville.
The bull fighting ring in Seville.
The bull fighting ring in Seville.
Kim in front of the Cathedral
Kim in front of the Cathedral
Our little car
Our little car
Sevilla
photo by: JP-NED