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Day 7 - Friday 3 July

Ronda to Seville

sunny 39 °C

Our day started at 9am when we left the lovely town of Ronda and headed for Seville, two and a half hours away. Tom our guide, changed our schedule so that we had a tour as soon as we were in Seville. That was to allow the hotel time to get our rooms ready.
A young Dutch man was our guide and the first thing we saw was the monument to Christopher Columbus. As we walked towards the Jewish Quarter, he explained that there was a beetle destroying the tall palm trees in the gardens that we passed through initially. The Jewish quarter was made up of the narrow lanes and beautiful buildings. Finally we arrived at the Palace of Alcazar. We entered a square surrounded by 12th, 14th, 16th and 18th century architecture. We walked through the wall of the 12th century to a palace garden. Recently a section was excavated to return to its original glory so that fruit trees were planted down in a trough. We moved on into other rooms of the palace with similar decorations as the cathedral in Cordoba. Christian influences could be seen in various parts – pictures of monarchs, castles and lions. The Islamic art work was amazing and featured only nature, words and geometric drawing. Some of the rooms had intricate tapestries hanging on the walls. We arrived at the gardens with hedges, flowers, fruit trees and fountains. Our guide explained that when gardens were built, five elements had to be considered: shade, water, food, fragrance and colour. These gardens were certainly an oasis to behold. There was a section where they used oyster rocks to create a very rough exterior, one rulers request apparently – Romanesque I think he said.
Having finished our walk to the gardens we proceeded to find a place to have lunch. We went into one of the less prominent streets and found a café that made a lovely chicken and salad sandwich and chicken, peppers and special jam dressing. We all enjoyed our lunch immensely.
Next stop was the Cathedral of Seville, with gothic architecture to die for. It is a massive cathedral and certainly worth the visit. The most amazing thing about this cathedral is that it houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus and his son. The stained glass windows were very beautiful.
We had a bit of a walk to reach the bus which transported us to our hotel. The Gran Melia Colon Hotel is certainly worth staying at. Our rooms are spacious. We had a rest until 5pm when we then met to visit the Flamingo museum. It was very interesting learning about the history of the dance. Flamingo has developed from several influences: the gypsy dancing, ballet from France, Caribbean slave dancers and hand movement from Indian dancers. Flamingo dancing incorporates music, dancing, singing and storytelling. We were given a class of sangria at the end as it was extremely hot outside.
On our way back to the hotel we did a spot of shopping and then had dinner in the hotel bar. It was time for bull’s tail au gratin and pork loin – very delicious. We were all very tired from the heat but had had a wonderful day.

Posted by gpric6 14:13 Archived in Spain

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