Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sevilla, NOT Seville.

Ugh. Hate it when English speakers have to rename everything. Anyway! Here is our fancy-ish hostel in Sevilla:

Sevilla was lovely. Much slower paced than Barcelona, but also very cool. The selling point for me was the river that it sits upon. Minutes after getting there, we made our way over to the grassy banks of Río Guadalquivir and watched the rowing teams, kayakers and paddle boats go by. We were inspired by the paddle boaters, as you will see later.

We only had just over a full day in Sevilla, so we made it count. We covered a lot of ground in those 24 hours, and we kind of had to, considering the city does not have a metro or bus system. It had windy streets a lot like the Albaizín and Realejo neighborhoods in Granada.

El Torre del Oro:

Yet another monument to that dude Cristobol Colón:

The Catedral y Giralda (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede) is a massive church standing near the middle of Sevilla. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.

Finally, for my favorite part of Sevilla: the paddle boating excursion. Chelsea and I decided that we should rent a 4 seater paddle boat and have the boys peddle whilst we ate pipas and drank cerveza. Good idea, ladies!

And we finished the trip with a stop by the river at night to relax until our 8:00 p.m., 3-hour bus ride home.

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