Touristing in Cordoba before Drive to Seville

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
Trip End Dec 10, 2011

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Cordoba Alcazar and old Synogogue; Seville expositon pavillions

Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

After a restless night because I was cold, we got up for breakfast at Hostel Alcazar:  toast with butter or jam and coffee or tea.  There were some packaged muffins and croissants.  I took a muffin for later (still have it at the airport going home).  The Hostel owners are very friendly. 

We went out to catch the sights we missed yesterday:  the synagogue and the Alcazar by daylight.  The Alcazar has such extensive gardens with fountains.  Juliet and I got separated but reunited in the far side of the gardens - the fountains were on but not with the spectacular colors of yesterday evening.

We managed to get out of Cordoba and on the road to Seville without much difficulty.  I wasn't feeling well by this time and only wanted to get to Seville and lie down on a bed.  The road to Seville didn't have as many olive groves - more barren plowed fields.  I wonder what does grow there.  There were gently rolling hills - not quite mountainous.  As we approached Seville, we were aware of it as a larger modern city.  As we drove around looking for the old city center, we landed in a parking lot for a mere 1.80 euros for 3 hours - what a bargain!!

I was hoping we would find a tourist info with hotel recommendations or even bookings.  We walked around - although I was willing to lie in the car and send Juliet out to find it.  Juliet saw a tour bus and next thing I knew we were on it.  It might have been nice - like the one in London - but it was cold on top and I didn't have my hat, scarf or gloves.  I really wanted to lie down.  After touring through the area of pavilions from some prior expositions and Triana, the area across the river known for its Flamenco, we came back closer to where we had gotten on and there was a 20 minute rest stop.  We got off.  I can't remember if we got on again or not.  Eventually we agreed that I would go back to the car and Juliet would continue on to the tourist info.

Across from the car in the parking lot there was the Hotel Pasarela - with 4 stars on it.   I probably originally disregarded it as being too expensive, but now I was desperate and we tried it.  The room wasn't cheap but at 60 euros for a large city, it was acceptable.  Parking was extra but they said we could leave the car where it was as long as we removed everything.  You could even see the car from our room window.

So from roughly 4 pm on dec 7 to 10 am on dec 9, I got to lie on my bed.  It wasn't exactly my idea of spending time in Seville but I couldn't imagine leaving the room.

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