|Your average street corner|
|“Lesser” entrance to the Seville Cathedral|
I had the classic Spanish breakfast – cafe con leche with tomato tostado (Mike is off of gluten so has to skip the bread) sitting across from the Seville Cathedral which is the 3rd largest in the world and the largest Gothic one in the world. We took a walk past the cathedral but knowing we were meeting up with Marucia and GL we travelled on past to return later.
|Torre del Oro|
|Civil treatment for cyclists|
We headed to the Santa Maria Luisa Park which took us past many more inspring buildings. We crossed through the university, museum, and an old theatre (now a casino) before getting to the park. We also passed the Torre del Oro which is a 12th century Muslim tower which protected the city along side the Guadalquivir river which runs through Seville from the Mediterranean – it is placed at the spot furthers up the river where navigation from the sea is possible. It is now a marine museum (which we later visited).
|Fountain and central tower|
We returned to the cathedral to meet up with Marucia and GL for our 2nd breakfast before heading into the cathedral.
|Mike really liked the building|
|Provincial Tile Set (Man of LaMancha)|
|the street we did NOT stay on|
|Yet another church|
|The Parasol – aka The Mushrooms|
On our adventure, Marucia and I had walked past the Parasol – an intriguing new architectural addition to the local market square which Mike & I had just seen on TV a couple of weeks prior to heading to Spain.
|Hungry and exhausted
but still enjoying the adventure!
So once we settled in, we headed back to the square to see about getting something to eat.
Rosa gave us the local scoop on where the best Cervezaria is (beer bar), and what wine to drink. The locals don’t drink red around her (although that didn’t stop us from stocking up on some from the local shop). The white wine to drink is a barbidillo – nothing like the vino verde of Portugal, and can’t say I’m a huge fan.
|The art and beauty of imperfection|
The room of secrets was inside double nested walls and when standing in the very center you could not hear what was being spoken in the corners. But the person in the opposite corner could hear you very clearly! They really loved their scientific discoveries.
We sauntered through the aromatic fountains and gardens and trees of Alhambra over to Generalife – the “closer to God” escape for the original Muslim residents.
Here the gardens and fountains were the focus and extremely elaborate. Roses and Orange trees were imported. The walkways are full of fountains, labyrinths, yew archways and many other flora extravagances.
views here from the top of Alhambra down over Granada
Almost every building has one (or more) tiles with either a unique design or inscription. I’d love to do one on our own house if we do end up building!
The cathedral was built at the height of Spanish domination of South America – and they were showing it off. Endless cupolas and chapels all around the edges – each with more ornate displays than the last it seemed.
Sitting in to airport waiting to head to Spain via Frankfurt.