A Day in Sevilla
Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
15Trip End Nov 24, 2013
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From the Alcazar we went through the Jewish Quarter to a small square for our morning break. Derek finally found a t-shirt at one of the shops. After our break we got on the bus which took us close to the cathedral. Only those people who paid extra went with the guides to the cathedral. We hadn't understood that, so we went with Mike and Paula and got tickets on our own. Larry and I got in for the senior price of 3E and Derek, Paula and Mike paid 8E. We could still hear the guide on our Whisper, a device that lets you hear what the guide is saying even if you are not close. The Cathedral of Sevilla is the third largest in Europe after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London and the largest Gothic cathedral anywhere. It is also where Christopher Columbus is buried and we weren't going to miss that. While the rest of our group went around with the guide and sat and stood and listened to him, we had a tour of the whole place, all the side chapels and the Court of the Orange Trees. The only thing we didn't have time to do was the Giraldo Tower climb. The other group didn't do that either.
When we left the cathedral we left our guides behind. We walked to the Bullring and Bullfight Museum. Our guide was Isabel. We went into the bullring which was the first round bullring in Spain and sat in the seats while Isabel told us about the ring
When we got back we were starving as it was after 2:30. So Derek, Larry and I went to a tapas bar across the street called Miquel Angel just like our guide this morning. Four of the ladies from our tour were in there and two of them spoke Spanish which was really helpful in ordering. We decided on a plate of deep fried seafood tapas to share. When it came it had shrimp, baby calamari, sardines, and a really tasty fish we think was grouper. It was just the right amount as we would eat again soon. In the tapas bar there was a chandelier made of spoons. We went back to the hotel and Derek had a nap and Larry and I were on Google playing the Dr. Who game for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who. Then I worked on blogs until it was time to get ready to go to dinner and the flamenco dance
Fifteen of us left for the dinner and dance at 5:45 and got there about 6:00. We went in and sat down and we were the only group who was there for supper. They brought us a bottle of wine, a pitcher of Sangria, a roll and a bowl of olives. The waitress came around and took our orders. Derek and I got shrimp cocktail for our starter and Larry got the tossed salad because he is allergic to shrimp. When it came it was in a yummy cream sauce. For our main course we all got the roast pork which came with gravy, sliced potatoes that were like fries and buttered carrots. Our dessert arrived just as the show started: a very small cream puff, another puffed pastry and whipped cream. The pork was outstanding.
I can't even begin to describe the Flamenco Show. There was a guitarist and two singers. There were about 7 women and 5 men dancers. They were so good it reminded me of River Dance or much more dramatic and passionate. They used castinettes, canes, fans, and shawls to add drama and interest. I didn't get many good pictures because I couldn't zoom in. They did part of the opera Carmen by Bizet. For me this will be one of the highlights of the trip. Larry and Derek thought it was great too. We were in a small theatre and very close to the stage. It was so full of energy that we were pretty wound up afterward. It was 9:00 when we got back. Larry and Derek stayed downstairs for a drink in bar. I came up to the room to download pictures and do this blog.