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Trip Start May 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 24, 2008

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

On June 13, we explored the Macarena neighborhood (located north of central Sevilla but still east of the Guadalquivir River).  We walked by the Santa Justa train station and saw remnants of the old Roman Aqueducts as well as a section of the old Moorish wall that is still intact today.  It's amazing how monuments well over a thousand years old can be left so intact and blend in so well with the modern city.  We then came to the Gate of Macarena, one of the old entrances into the city, from there we went into the Macarena Basilica, a church dedicated to the "Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena", a famous sculpture dedicated to the virgin within the church.  The Macarena Basilica was the most impressive church (other of course than the Cathedral) that I've seen in Sevilla.
After that, we walked back towards the Residencia along Calle San Luis through the Macarena district.  It really is a charming neighborhood and well off the beaten tourist path.  I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to see what a true Sevillian neighborhood is like.  On the way back, we ducked into several other churches in Macarena, most of which I do not know the names.  They were impressive and of the Gothic-Mudejar style (the style of churches that were built in the gothic era after the Christian reconquest of the city, ca. 1300-1500 but still had strong Moorish artistic elements, either due to the fact that many craftsmen were of Moorish origin or because people simply preferred the former artistic style).
That evening, some of us went to check out what we'd heard was the best Mexican restaurant in town (hey, can you blame a girl for craving Mexican food?  There's hardly any of it in Spain, somewhat surprisingly).  It was about a 45 minute walk from the Residencia, in a neighborhood across the river and south of Triana, Los Remedios.  It was interesting to see another neighborhood well out of the way of most tourists.  On the way there, I got some pretty good pictures of the river and the Triana Bridge at dusk.
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