Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sightseeing Seville [not by tram]

July 13: Number 3 bus to the border in Gibraltar for 11 am long-distance bus from La Linea to Seville, 21 euros each. Stops at Algeciras, [then fantastic hilltop views of the Straits of Gibraltar and Africa], Tarifa, Vejer de la Frontera [pass close to Cape Trafalgar, not mentioned in Spanish guide books!], Chiclana, Puerto [near Cadiz], Jerez de la Frontera [in Sherry country with Tio Pepe and large bull silhouettes by the road]. Snack lunch on bus. Arrive Seville without cash or map. Struggle to find hotel in blazing hot weather. Siesta. Up at 7 pm worried we'd miss dinner, as in France, but restaurant did not open until 8 pm. Took tinto in cafe, then salad and pasta supper plus rioja at Restaurant San Marco Pizzeria, strange at 49 euros for two including tip.
July 14: Out to breakfast at Cafeteria Spala-Duque, C/Trajano 1, Seville. 11 euros incl tip.
Tram time waster: every tram stop in Seville advertises daily tourist ticket, 4.50 euros, but not sold on tram or by tobacconists, as advised by conductor. Turns out ticket only available a tram ride away in town, thereby negating any benefit of discount. Is jerking visitors about part of their agenda?
Walk to the Parque Maria Luisa botanical gardens and the Plaza de Espana with fountain. Walk to Rio Guadalquivir and then take tram to the Plaza Nueva. Cafe de Indias for lunch where they are charging for WiFi, but we couldn't understand the Spanish instructions. Walk to Museo de Belles Artes in the Plaza del Museo. Salle V in fantastic old church - great if you like religious paintings [I don't]. Sat in delightful courtyard writing up my notes. What caused the decline of this ancient European civilization?
Back to Hotel Corregidor having spotted thriving tapas bar for night time sampling.

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