Down and out in Sevilla ....
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Apr 20, 2013 5:56 AM Last Post By: gawkabout
Apr 15, 2013 8:30 AM
Down and out in Sevilla ........ and drunk - on the scent of orange blossoms - they're everywhere - and heady.
Seville is beautiful - I'm entranced. The hostel is nice too.
Going to the opening of the feria (fair) tonight. Have already walked my feet off around just some of Seville. Will actually enter it tomorrow; the crowds were too big today, so hopefully i'll bget up earlier tomorrow - though the feria actually doesn't open until midnight so heaven knows what time I'll get to bed.
Anyway - THIS POSTING IS FOR GAWKABOUT AND LIVING - I'm staying at Triana Backpackers until Friday morning, then moving to Cordova for 2 nights.
If we had decent PM facility I could do it that way - as it is ....
Apr 16, 2013 2:08 AM
Apr 16, 2013 5:52 AM
Apr 16, 2013 9:36 AM
3This morning I met 'Gawkabout' - as he says. We went for coffee together. Kindred spirits, we are. It was great meeting you, Gawks. :>))
Thanks for the tip-off regardieg the other museum. Might see you again Thursday?
I missed the hostel crowd going to the feria last night so went on my own to at least see the illuminations. Most good-natured crowd I ever did see. Even when I walked in the opposite direction from the main thrust (cos I decided not to go into the fairground last night as it would be heaving, and to head back to the hostel) I met nothing but smiles. And I felt oh so safe walking the half hour back to the hostel on my lonesome after midnight - which I never expected to happen again.
This afternoon bought my ticket for Cordoba (1.30pm bus Friday and then, because it was 35+ degrees, spent the afternoon in air-con luxury in the city's art gallery. Wanted to see the El Greco cos I've never seen an original of his, only prints. Nice one. But the gallery is decidedly second-rate, I think. We have stolen their best pix. Until I went into the temporary exhibition of paintings from the Prado (Madrid's gallery). Saw some amazing Breughels. I think I'll spend a lot of time in the Prado when I eventually get to Madrid.
Tomorrow I'm going to walk about 9 kilometres to a little town that has some amazing Roman ruins. I'm going with a dorm mate from South Africa. It's her first 9 kms of 1000 approx. of the start of her 'via de la Plata' - one route of the Camino Santiago Compostella.
I've met a lot of people here going on it - they say the route is less crowded than the route called the Camino Frances, over the Pyrenees and across the north of Spain east to west.
I'm planning on doing it to celebrate my 70th birthday, three years hence. So it's less than a co-incidence that I'm meeting so many people here setting out on it. I even met a couple on the plane who were doing it.
Tonight, if I have the energy, I'll go to the feria. Or maybe I'll conserve my strength for tomorrow? Walking in the heat takes more out of one. Fortunately, I can catch a bus back.
Apr 16, 2013 9:38 AM
Apr 16, 2013 10:23 AM
5In the Prado is a whole room of Heronymus Baosh. He was a 15th century altarpiece painter.
(go_2, I know you know him. But for others...)
He's called El Bosco, in Spain. So look and ask for the El Bosco room.
Little demons hanging out of trees and corners, abound in those paintings. "Garden of Delights" is his most famous. But its only a detail!!! on a big tryptic.
artsy fartsy rules!
More than just the subject of the art. Its a statement.
University of youtube astounds.
Apr 16, 2013 11:48 AM
Apr 17, 2013 1:46 AM
Apr 17, 2013 9:05 AM
8In answer to Gawks -
No - Madrid comes almost last, after Cordoba, Granada and Toledo and before I drop in on WanderinWilco in Alicante.
Hopefully, meet up tomorrow? Otherwise - we have each other's emails....
Well, today got a small taste of the Camino walk. Without a pack 10 km was a breeze. Though coming back I caught a bus as my knee, which i damaged last year, was playing up a bit and I wanted to save myself for lots more walking tomorrow.
Oh, Oh, Oh! I so want to do this Camino thing. Think I'll bring the whole plan forward to next year, if my knee will allow. The open road, with a clear destination and such interesting people along the way, is calling more loudly than ever. Who would have thought it?
But I hear it's like a drug. Gets into your system and under your skin. Ah well, it's got to be easier than running marathons I guess ....
Apr 17, 2013 11:49 AM
Apr 17, 2013 1:42 PM
Apr 18, 2013 12:16 AM
11Everyone I've met here who's going is exceptionally nice, Lee. But there are enough that one can pick and choose one's friends - and no requirement to link up with anyone for any length of time.
It doesn't seem I have enough time to describe all my 'adventures' here, so I'll forward you my 'Spain 2013' file if you like to send me an email - details in my profile....
Apr 18, 2013 2:45 AM
Apr 18, 2013 8:42 AM
13Ok - time seems to just vanish here and I'm not able to find enough to sort things out properly, so if you send me an email after 3rd May I'll be home and will get it forwarded to you.
Gawks - sent you an eamail, re. meeting again, but it seems you missed it/couldn't make it.
Will be in touch - probably also after I get home.
Hasta la vista for next year, anyway. :>))
Apr 18, 2013 8:42 AM
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