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Chapter Thirty Two


Today is our last day in Sevilla and after seeing the outside of everything on our tour we set out to go inside them!
We started with the Cathedral which is a mix of Muslim, gothic and Catholic influences. It is supposedly the largest cathedral in the world.
Everything in there was covered in gold! I guess if shiploads of gold are being brought there by Columbus they had a bit of excess...

Next we headed to the nearby palace where the Spanish royalty stayed when in Sevilla, generally around when Columbus brought back all that gold..
There were lots of beautiful fountains and huge gardens all around the Arab style palace. It was surprisingly cool inside, even in the southern Spain heat.

Then we headed to the bull fighting arena to take a tour. Not see a bullfight, sorry..
It was interesting, there was the huge, perfectly circular ring to see first:
Our tour guide seemed totally bored by her job but there were lots of posters, outfits, heads of special bulls and even paintings done in the blood of dead bulls!
We saw where they keep the horses and there is a chapel for bullfighters to pray in before a fight. They get paid before the fight too...

After all that excitement we walked around the city some more, shopping and making sure we saw everything. Anna was hunting for this No8Do symbol we saw all over the place, apparently it represents the fidelity of Sevilla, that it will never leave you. The 8 is really a skein of yarn.. They were on every manhole cover and pole in town!

Finally, at 10 we went to our flamenco show! We were in a little bar and were so close to the dancer that we got sprayed with sweat and had to keep our feet under our chairs to not get stepped on! There was a singer, guitar player and a dancer. It was very cool, very loud and very sweaty!

We also found the greatest ice cream ever. Vanilla with chocolate inside and honey cake.
That's it in the front center bucket. Yum.

Tomorrow, our last train of the trip! To Grenada!

Posted by dillam7 07:27

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