29.04.2011 - 01.05.2011 24 °C
Sorry - No internet at our place in Seville.
Apartment was great - spacious, with an terrace and best of all - a washing machine!! We have been hand washing for much of the trip... but have well and truly past the point of needing to wash everything. With our luck - it was gorgeous and hot when we arrived in Seville. The next day... it rained. And pretty much rained on and off for the rest of our time there.
Anyway - Seville was interesting. Different from Granada. Dirtier. You spend almost as much time looking down as looking around. That said, every block or so, there's a plaza with orange trees and we had some great food (and some dodgy food) there. Plus the people seemed to be really friendly and helpful.
In terms of sightseeing - the big two drawcards is The Alcazar and The Cathedral and Giralda Tower (co-located). The Alcazar was interesting... but unfortunately, it isn't as impressive as The Alumbra in Granada. Some nice spaces though. And spectacular gardens (although it was raining so didn't get to see too much of them).
The Cathedral is impressive. The biggest cathedral in the World (and had the Guinness World Record certificate to prove it). It's also worth the hike up the Giralda Tower (37 floors - ramps all the way up) which stands 97m high and gives some impressive views of the city.
Unfortunately, our camera was pretty flat that day, so I don't have pics.
Seville is difficult to find your way around in. Lots of tiny streets... and the maps we had (Lonely Planet and one from The Tourist magazine) were either too small or not detailed enough.... so very difficult to get map to ground orientation correct.
That said, we kind of liked it there.
It was also my first view of flamenco. We went to a bar recommended in the guidebook and at 11pm there was a flamenco show. It was great. Definitely reflected the gypsy culture... a guitarist, a singer, and a dancer. Pretty intense.
Today - we came to Cordoba and I'm sitting in a juice bar which has free wi-fi because our studio doesn't have internet either.
This afternoon we have been to The Mezquita (or The Cordoba Cathedral). It's an amazing space.
A couple of comical things here.... Signs of the Bull. These are everywhere on tops of hills near the highways, and I finally got Steve to stop so I could take a picture.
Also - lots of signs warning about cows...
Right - I think I'm all caught up....