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Surprisingly Stunning Seville

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Welcome to Seville in sunny Spain where every other tree is laden with oranges...
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We don’t expect to experience the ‘Wow!’ factor in every place we visit, but Seville has left us surprisingly short of sibilant superlatives. The splendiferous street scenes of central Seville coupled with the soaring architecture has sent our heads spinning…
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And the sacred structures are simply superb...
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The spectacular 16th century Gothic cathedral of St Mary of the See, (the Holy See – not the sea), is the largest and one of the most visited cathedrals in the world. We were lucky to catch it on a quiet day. The Cathedral’s bell tower – started by the Muslim Moors in 1184 and later finished by the Christians – has thirty seven sloping ramps instead of stairs and is probably the only wheelchair accessible medieval bell tower in the world.The views from the top of the tower are simply stunning in the sunshine…
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Below the tower is the Alcazar palace that was originally a Moorish fort. It is the oldest and most opulent royal palace still in use in Europe and we had been warned that the place would be a zoo. However, by utilising our patented methods of crowd avoidance, we are able to bring you scenes of the incredible splendour as it appeared to us…
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The sights of Seville are simply breathtaking and we should have stayed longer, but we managed to squeeze in an evening of Flamenco at the famous Flamenco school…
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….before spending our final few hours visiting the magnificent Plaza de Espana and completely exhausting our supply of sibilant superlatives…
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Now we are off to visit the Sherry bodegas of southern Spain and all too soon we will be crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to visit the souks of Morocco. There is so much to see in this part of the world that we could write a book about it?

Posted by Hawkson 01:20 Archived in Spain

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Sumiko and I loved it too. I remember having a marvelous strawberry gazpacho every night in. Little tapa bar. A little outside the city, Italica is worth a visit. These roman ruins were the birthplace of two emperors, Trajin and another whose name escapes me. I also got a haircut there - could not resist the Barber of Seville. Old guy with a shop full of photos of him and famous bull fighters. No picture of me went up on the wall! Good haircut though.
Tom

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