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Saturday, September 11, 2010 3:05 PM
Today we took a trip to Seville. Before leaving, I asked at the front desk how to get out of town without going down the ultra narrow streets we took yesterday.When I asked that question, the Spanish guy next to me said 'now we are all listening!'.
It turns out that the way they sent us was much easier and my nerves were not jangled again.
JoAnne and I went into Seville to visit the big attractions.
The Cathedral - This is the 3rd largest cathedral in the world [after St Peters and St Paul's [London]] and the largest Gothic church in the world. It was very impressive. It is interesting to think about how much money went into building these things! It was also interesting to think about the egos of some of the big wigs in the church that commissioned amazing tomb sculptures [often over powering the chapels that they loved so much]. The church was built over a previous mosque, so there are still artifacts from the mosque to be seen, including the garden of orange trees, with a very impressive irrigation system that is integrated with 4 fountains on the corners of the garden that were used of ablution [washing] before prayers in the mosque.
After a few hours we were pretty saturated with chapels, altar pieces, monstrances, ... and took a break. It was nice to sit down and watch the world go by. The temp in Seville was probably close to 100 [but as my friends from AZ would say 'it was a dry heat'].
After refreshing we went to El Alcazar. This was originally a Moorish palace, then taken over by Spanish rulers. The building is a mix of both worlds. It turns out that the Moors and the Christians actually got along, [most of the time]. It was nice to visit this place, but I must tell you that it paled in comparison to the Alhambra.
Tomorrow it is time to return home. After getting off the ship out caloric intake has probably been cut in half! Last night we found a cute little restaurant and had a light meal in the courtyard. We ordered 3 small plates to share between the 2 of us, interesting combinations of food, but a nice meal [we were very glad that we did not order a 4th plate].
We have seen lots of amazing places and we have had nice weather and very comfortable temps [except for Venice and Seville that were hot].
Thanks so much for all your nice notes and thoughts.
Denis Greening (Travel)