S: Granada & Sevilla 2012
BC: by suzE 2012
FC: 3/23-3/30/12 | Susie visits Avery | Granada & Seville...
1: Met up with Avery around noon on the 23rd after a long journey- SF - Chicago - Madrid - Seville. I just barely made my Seville connection- had to run like crazy! We spent the afternoon wandering around- Photos above are of the University, Plaza de Espana and the quaint street in the Barrio Santa Cruz where my great hotel, Hotel Alcantara, is located. | SEVILLA | SEVILLA | Day 1
2: The beautiful Plaza de Espana
3: The Plaza de España complex is a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous beautiful bridges. In the centre is a large fountain. By the walls of the Plaza are many tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain.
6: GRANADA | We took a very comfortable 3 hour train ride to Granada. Stayed at the well located Hotel Las Almenas. | Went to the Albayzin neighborhood | Plaza Isabel La Catolica | Columbus unfurling a long contract with Isabel | Avery on Paseo de los Tristes | Palace of Justice | Day 2
7: Dry run for Holy Week | Views of the Alhambra and the city from the San Nicolas church and the terrace of the El Huerto de Juan Ranas restaurant-
8: THE ALHAMBRA | Moorish royal palace | Alcazaba - fort dating to mid-13th century but there was probably a fort here in Roman times. | Watch Tower | The 3 photos below taken by Avery on a previous trip with her program | Day 3
9: Courtyard of the Lions | Palacios Nazaries
10: Charles V's Palace | The Baths of the Mosque | Avery not feeling well. I got afflicted that night. | Garden of Adarves
11: San Nicolas Viewpoint and the cafe where we had great views of the Alhambra the afternoon before. | Paseo de los Trises seen from the Alhambra,where we had lunch our first day in Granada | While living in Spain in 1829, Irving stayed in the Alhambra and wrote "Tales of the Alhambra". He later served as US ambassador to Spain. | Palace of Yusuf III | These are ancient baths. In the evening, we went to Arab baths at the Hammam Al Andalus for a 90 minute soak among cold, warm and hot baths followed by a 15 minute massage. Beautiful tiled interior and very peaceful.
12: Day 4 | Caroline, Hallie & Linda | Andrew, Kyle & Tasha | Nicole & Dan | Chelsea & her Mom | THE GANG | A little shopping before we left Granada | I got the 24-hour bug, which if I had to get at all, was best today, as this was basically just a travel day back to Sevilla. Made it to a tapas dinner with Avery's friends and two other visiting Moms. Exactly 24 hours later I felt better. | At Las Golondrinas
13: Day 5 | Later in the day, after the Alcazar, went for mojitos by the river with Avery, Kyle and Nicole. | Met Rosa, Avery's host mom. | Went to two tapas places for dinner | A cool building | Montaditos- little sandwiches | Torre del Oro by the river
14: Concepcion was a great tour guide today and for the Cathedral the next day | This face shows the palace is Christian as Arabs would never put a face on their work | Alcazar
15: Originally a 10th century palace built for the governors of the local Moorish state, this building still functions as a royal place...the oldest in use in Europe. What we see is an extensive 14th century rebuild, done by Moorish workmen for the Christian king, Pedro I.
16: There was a great maze
17: The Alcazar gardens were stunning and very fragrant
18: Day 6 | On the way to Plaza de Toros, took a huge detour and ended up at this square nicknamed - Las Setas- the mushrooms! The Antiquarium is located inside and has ruins and artifacts dating as early as 40 AD. Went back in afternoon with Avery to the top for good views of the city. | sss
19: Giralda Bell Tower | Cathedral | Third-largest church in Europe (after St. Peter's at the Vatican and St. Paul's in London) and the largest Gothic church anywhere. | of Sevilla
20: Sevilla patron saints: Santa Justa and Santa Rufina | Inside: "a piece of the true cross" | Christopher Columbus' brother whose DNA was acquired to confirm that Sevilla did indeed have Christopher's bones. | Corona de la Virgen de los Reyes has 11,00 precious stones and the world's largest pearl-used as the torso of the angel | Christopher Columbus's tomb. His pallbearers represent the regions of Castile, Aragon, Leon and Navarre. He even traveled a lot posthumously- buried first in Spain, then the Dominican Republic, then Cuba and finally around 1900 in Sevilla! | Highlights inside the Cathedral
21: Views from 330 feet up the Giralda Bell Tower | The Bullfight Ring | Notice how the church is shaped like a cross | Plaza del Triunfo
22: We saw great flamenco, actually located at my hotel!
23: Sevilla at night! | Sangria and tapas at Labulla with Nicole & Avery
24: Day 7 | Plaza de Toros | My last day... | Into here... | One last meal
25: Seating | Bull comes out here | Prince's Balcony used only by royal family | The Bullring is located by the river
26: Into here...
27: Iglesia del Salvador is the second biggest church in Sevilla and built on the site of a mosque dating from the ninth century | We went there to see some of the floats that will be paraded out during Semana Santa, Holy Week. They are so richly decorated and impressive. Hard to believe they will be carried by men.
28: Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes | We have a drink with Andrew by the river at twilight | In the evening of my last night, Avery and I have excellent tapas at Los Collionades | Can't leave Spain without having churros con chocolat! | Handpainted Sevillan plates