16 July 2017

Portugal

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View from the table at breakfast.

Today started with a birthday breakfast at Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, it’s not my birthday, but even so it was an excellent way to start the day. Once the birthday girl had open presents and cards, and we had all stuffed ourselves with delicious food, we went back to the villa. Bags and humans were packed into cars for the journey to Seville in Spain.

Seville, Spain

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Seville

Seville is the capital city of Andalusia, and one of the largest Spanish cities with over 700.000 inhabitants. The last time I was here was to see the Semana Santa, the Easter week festival. This time I’m here to celebrate two birthdays and wallow in the vibrancy of this beautiful city.

Cars unpacked, hotels checked into and humans freshened up, it was time for a drink at a bar across from the hotel.

One of the hotels we were staying in had good examples of azulejo used on internal walls and stairs.

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The Sevillanos love of flower displays is evident on balconies and window sills. Outside the Archivo General de Indias, pomegranates grow.

This is the view from the restaurant we ate at this evening. Our table was on the roof top terrace, a perfect place to celebrate a birthday.

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View from the restaurant terrace

It was also a great place to watch the sun setting. The Moorish Revival Chapel of El Carmen, a national monument, stands on the river side next to the Triana Bridge.

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Chapel of El Carmen

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Regular readers of this blog will know I rarely post photos of humans on here. I love this photo. We, (all four of us) live in different parts of the world, so aside from the birthday celebrations, it was just lovely to meet up with really good friends and spend time with them, precious moments, and such fun.

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precious moments

The sky changing colour as the sun sets.

DSC_0146 (1)After the birthday dinner, and the birthday drinks, we went on a cruise on the River Guadalquivir.  It’s one of the longest rivers, (650 kilometres), in Spain, the name comes from the Arabic wadi al-kabir, meaning great river.

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The Isabel II Bridge

We passed under several bridges, this one particularly stood out, reflecting beautifully on the river. The Isabel II Bridge, named as it was built under her reign, is more commonly known as the Triana Bridge, because it connects to the neighbourhood of Triana, and was declared a national monument in 1976. It was built between 1845 and 1852 by two French engineers,  Steinacher and Bernadet.

The Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), was built in the 13th century, and is now a naval museum.

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Torre del Oro

Well into the early hours of the next day we took to our beds, tired and tipsy, and one of us a year older!DSC_0154 (3)

 

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