We are welcomed to Sevilla with delicious café con leches and other sumptuous breakfast goodies at Hotel Holos.
After breakfast we take a bus to town to begin our tour of Seville. Taking public transportation provides a great opportunity to meet the people and “pretend” that one lives there! Here Danna and Jim converse while waiting for the autobus.
One entrance to the ornate Cathedral in Seville (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Gothic arches in Seville’s great cathedral. Gothic art was Europe’s medieval art. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
The tomb of Christopher Columbus in the Cathedral. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Bell tower on Seville’s cathedral-not a good place to be if you already have a headache!
Another shot of the cathedral in Seville.
Jim and Danna at the Alcazar (Moorish style palace) in Seville. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Royal coat of arms. The castle represents Castile, the lion Lyon. The rulers of these two Spanish kingdoms, Isabella and Ferdinand, married, giving their combined forces strength enough to drive the last Moors from Spain. Learn about this in Story of the World, Vol. 2
Through this door lie all things Spanish! Art like this is pervasive throughout Seville.
The Alcazar palace in Seville looks Moorish but was actually built by Moorish workmen by request of a Catholic king after the Christians re-conquered Seville in the 1200’s. Through that arch are some of the most beautiful gardens on earth. (Story of the World, Vol. 2)
Islam forbids graven images of humans, but the Moorish abstract, geometric art is bright and beautiful. The art here is all Tile!A close up showcasing the exquisite tile work.
Beneath this dome, Columbus and Queen Isabella discussed his first voyage.
Gardens of the Moorish style Alcazar (palace) in Seville.
Gardens of the Moorish style Alcazar (palace) in Seville..
Even in Catholic Spain, one finds the ancient gods. Here is Hermes/Mercury.
The Damsel’s Courtyard. See the next photo for an explanation.
An explanation of the main courtyard. Charles V, grandson of Ferdinand and Isabella and also the heir to the Hapsburg crown, inherited an immense empire. He spent his life expanding it. This empire began to fall apart soon afterward. Charles’ son was Philip II, adversary of England’s Queen Elizabeth I. (The Queen’s Pirate and Story of The World, Vol. 2)
Jim and Danna take a breather on a hot day at the palace in Seville.
Paella (the rice dish) and more Spanish delicacies. Randy and Jim are very happy, and about to get happier when they take their first bites…muy delicioso!
What to have for dessert? Ice cream?
What to have for dessert? Pastries?
Off we go on another scenic train ride-this time to Granada.