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Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2014

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tuesday to Thursday

7th to 9th August 2012

The hotel was 3* and only 45€ a night with an extra 5€ for a simple breakfast. It was right opposite a small gardens area and very close to all the main attractions of Seville which are the buildings and the cathedral and the parks.

After rising and having our breakfast in the cool of the hotel, we stepped outside into hot air.  The hotel reception had kitted us out with a city map and directions.  We never found out the temperature but I'm guessing in the 40C + region. In Seville you can walk everywhere easily.  The streets are mostly pedestrianised or have tram/taxis and the beautiful horse driven carriages driving through.  There are loads of café’s, designer shops, deli's, fantastic cake shops, designer clothes, handiwork and art shops, plus Starbucks and even a McD’s! One thing that I had never seen before was the sunshades strung up over the back streets to keep the sun off, and another only seen in Disney, were the sprays of cooling water that the restaurants and cafe's had coming from their canopies.  

The cathedral is the main attraction so we went there first.  It was as most cathedral interiors but with the tomb of Christopher Columbus inside.  The main tower was originally a minaret but when the Christians took power it was made into the tower seen today.  We decided,  as we were there to do the 'climb the tower’ thing and walked up 35 ramps to get to the top (see photos). The ramps were there to enable the priest to ride up on his horse…a much better idea!  I seem to remember the same in the church at Istanbul too.

The heat was too much for me and Steve, so we had regular sit downs and cold drinks were essential to keep going.  My fan and large hat came in very handy!

With some other sightseeing done we went back to the hotel to cool down before going out for a meal later.  Tapas in general were on the menus and we tried some of those with a jug of Sangria and it was all delicious.

Back to Chipiona the next day but before leaving Seville we found the Plaza de Espana and the park and a couple of museums closeby before collecting our shopping trolley (best thing for light travelling and supermarket shopping) and catching the bus back.

Seville is a city that is worth a visit but not in August.  Spring or Autumn would be a lot more comfortable.

When we got back to Chipiona it felt cool after Seville and we were back onboard by 8.15pm.
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Dee on

Wow, what an adventure - you look very relaxed and happy x

James on

Yep, 40 degrees in Seville on the 9th August. It got up to 45 a couple of days later!

pauline and roly on

Seville sounds amazing!can't say I'd like the heat though.
And if I DID know, I'd forgotten about Columbus being entombed in Seville! The photos are amazing, love, Pauline xx and Roly x

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