07.08.2009 - 07.08.2009 38 °C
And a happy Friday to everyone! We have successfully moved on to our next stop, Seville. For those of you who watched the Bachelorette will know she brought her beaus here for one of their dates. I, of course, had planned to bring my beau here before it was fashionable! I can see why they wanted to shoot a show here as it is almost magical. It is quite different from Granada, bigger and much more classical in the architecture. It reminds me of New Orleans with all of the iron works. You can take a horse drawn carriage around town -how romantic is that?
I was quite cocky yesterday saying we were getting good at our ordering in Spanish. Well, we were taken down a peg or two this morning at the train station. While we had no idea what we ordered we did get a ham and chicken sandwich and a toasted bacon (ham), tomato and lettuce sandwich. We now have the hang of the trains here but it was close running to the right platform with our luggage. I can see why a backpack could be a good way to travel.
The train trip was very scenic and took 2 and a half hours through orchard upon orchard of olive trees. A short taxi ride took us close to our hotel. We have been so lucky with hotels thanks to the help of one of my former students, Evelyne, who has travelled this area before. Each one has been a little hole in the wall, usually up a narrow lane with no cars. Pulling the roller bags over the cobblestone streets has been interesting.
We are now at the Hotel Alminar just steps from the Seville Cathedral. It is a little bit more modern than our Granada hotel which was 15th centure. This room is bigger and modern inside with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the street. Very charming. Francisco, our front desk clerk has also been a very gracious host.
We visited the cathedral this afternoon after some power shopping (the stores close at 1:30 PM) so the afternoon is a good time to sightsee. Marty finally bought some shoes (so I don´t have to feel so guility about my purchases).
The cathedral is the largest in the world (according to my guide book and Guiness World Book of records.) We climed the 35 platforms to the top of the minuret (once an Arab mosque). The view was, as expected, spectacular.
During our beer break this afternoon we finally got to enjoy a plate of olives - so very tasty they are hard to describe. They are served with a sprinkling of fresh herbs and are larger than any olive I ever seen back home.
Connie, you and the Mclellans will absolutely love it here - thanks for the message. I haven´t heard from Calin in over a week. Either the new coputer is not working or was stolen. Hopefully, he is okay and having too much fun to send us a message.
Mitchel, we will try and call you tomorrow but not sure how well the phone system will work. If we don´t talk to you have a very happy birthday. We wish you were with us to celebrate your 22nd birthday ....we have been present at all the others though!
Well, time for a siesta and maybe some of that yummy Spanish wine. Today we bought a bottle in the grocery store for 3.40 Euros (it was one of the more expensive wines on the shelf). The most expensive is about 7 Euros ($10.00). We don´t know what we are buying but haven´t had a bad bottle yet.
Miss you all!!!!