A trip to Seville

We got back from Seville on Thursday. What a marvellous place. I havn't been to spain for over 30 years and never been to Andalusia. One of our inspirations to do the journey was the Cafe Mauresque in Canterbury. While there we visited the Alcazar, the Cathedral & the Giralda, the highest point in the city and some of the best views.

The Giralda, Seville

The world famous Giralda.

Patio of the Casas de los Mercederes

We stayed just around the corner from the Cathedral, and also visited the Fine Art Gallery, where one of the finest religous collections in Spain is located. The building is marvellous, a mujedahr two story building built around thee courtyards with gardens and fountains. The last couple of rooms have some more modern pictures of Andalusian life. We also took a boat ride from Torre del Oro to the Calatrava Bridge, which gave us some great views of the city.

We made sure that we visited a fine selection of cafes and tapas bars, guided as ever by "The Rough Guide". The picture above is the patio in our hotel, a nice place to relax, but sadly no bar - room service only.

One of my holiday reviews wouldn't be complete without a comment on the taxi drivers, both of who were bonkers. Actually Seville is not that easy to get to from the UK, only BA & Iberia do the journey directly from Heathrow, and while Seville airport was better than my last experience at Barcelona, there is only one cafe the other side of security barriers so you might want to use the cafe's on the passanger side before passing through security.

I have posted several pictures to my flickr site and created a Seville group. I'll be uploading the rest over the next couple of days. I used the seville tag at del.icio.us to collect my links used for researching the trip.

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