08.08.2009 - 08.08.2009 34 °C
Hello to everyone and especially to Mitchell who turned 22 today. Wish you were here or we were there!!!
Just a quick post today to let you know that we are still loving Spain and all it has to offer. Today, instead of spending 13 Euros and taking the tourist bus (hop on hop off) we opted for the more economical route - walking. We headed off early to Triana, a community just across the river. While most of the shops were closed (it is Saturday here) we were in search of some of the famous Triana potery. It was fun to walk through the mostly deserted streets. And we hit the jackpot by finding the Farmers Market of all farmers markets - quite by accident. We wandered around there for quite some time. They had fish stalls of all sorts - 2 Euros (3 dollars) for a kilo of fresh sardines and fresh tuna. What a sight. Chicks, they were selling the most delicious looking figs for 1.75 Euros (2.50) for a kilo. That is a far cry from the produce we get in Calgary.
From there we wandered to Plaza del Espana which was the sight of the 1929 World Exposition. They started around the turn of the century but it took them till 1929 to get it off the ground. The Plaza is enormous. My guide book says it was featured in one of the new Star Wars features. We will have to watch it when we get back. It is hard to describe the magnitude of the square but around the main building is these featured ceramic altars (for lack of a better word) featuring every major city in Spain. Half are under renovations but it is still a sight to see.
We also visited the Real Alcazar (another Moorish palace) taken over by the Spainards. After the Alhambra this one looks like a poor relation! The gardens however were cool and inviting.
It is still really hot here. We continue to stimulate the Spainish wine industry as good red wine can be bought in the grocery store for about 3 dollars - cheaper than water! What would you choose to do?
Tonight we take in a genuine flamenco show. Our hotel front desk clerk has been great in giving us information and he says this is a great show. Looking forward to that.
We are packing up once again and heading to Cordoba tomorrow on the high speed train - I am excited about that. It is about a 40 minute trip. One night there and then off to Barcelona. I am looking forward to getting on the ship and unpacking and having them do some laundry. In this heat it doesn´t take long to get sweaty! Sorry to hear your weather is cold and rainy - somewhat like it was 22 years ago when Mitchell was born. I remember that we had to go buy more clothes to get him home from the hospital. Happy Birthday Mitchell!