It seemed so weird to be starting a second part of our day (we had spent the first part in Moron going the the police station to get our passports stamped and tour that awesome city) at 5:00 pm. Our kids go to bed so early this was the beginning of an awesome vacation of learning that Spain is barely waking up from Siesta and most people don't start eating dinner until 9:00 pm.
One of the guys from the front desk loaned this to Jeff and we were devouring it. We were reading as much as we could trying to figure out what we would be doing for the next two weeks. At this point I think I still had stuck in my head we were going to get to Italy (it was no 10 hours, more like 20 hours from where we were)
We drove through Seville on the tiniest streets. I cant' believe I did not take a photo. It was a good thing we were driving in a Geo Metro sized car or else anything bigger would never have fit. Once we parked the car I just could not stop taking looking up and taking photos.
Everything was so beautiful. The colors. The moulding. The tile -- ohh the tile!
We saw lots and lots and polka dots. After all the rickrack in Moron earlier in the day and now the polka dots (check out those shoes) I was in heaven.
The kids were exhausted and cranky. So we decided to get them ice cream ASAP. Caroline had remembered her Mango gelato from France last year (she has seriously talked about it for a year) So that was the first flavor she picked.
We have truly raised a picky child as she licked it and said, "This is not the same kind as France" then handed it back to Jeff. What??
"I just bought you ice cream for dinner on the largest cone I have ever seen and you are 4 years old complaining it is not as good as the kind in France!"
Oh my the therapy she and I will both be in some day.
As we walked out of the ice cream shop I looked up to see this gable like tower coming off the brick building. The beautiful tile and the roof top was breath taking. Seriously if you ever go to Seville, just keep your chin up the best is high in the sky.
Jeff of course was thrilled because of the large cathedral in Seville.
Sally Jane and the other girls were just ready to go to bed. We had only been there 20 minutes and I knew this was going to be a bit crazy. We had probably hit the ground running a day early. It was so HOT! I have no idea what the temperature was but it was just dang hot!
So we got to the front gate of the cathedral. Jeff was beside himself with excitement.
Jeff had to enjoy the view from the front behind the gate. This photo is so great because the look on Caroline's face pretty much sums up how all the girls were feeling.
We realized we were fighting an uphill battle with the heat and so we got a horse and buggy to drive us around the city and get a little tour and see as much as possible without walking. I must admit the heat was crazy hot.
After talking to his buddies about who knows what he would give us a few historical facts in Spanish and Jeff would translate. I don't know what we would have done without Jeff's Spanish skills. (It was fun the see the look on the girls faces when Jeff would speak Spanish - they had never heard him speak it before)
The Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), which dominates the banks of the river Guadalquivir, is a remnant of the Moorish fortified walls which originally enclosed the city. A watchtower designed to protect the docks, it dates from 1220; the 12-sided lower part was built in stone by the Almohades and was originally decorated with golden tiles, while the upper brick mini-tower was added in the 18th century.
and across the street...
The Plaza de España is one of Seville's most easily recognised buildings and the epitome of the Moorish Revival in Spanish architecture. In 1929 Seville hosted the Spanish-American Exhibition and numerous buildings were constructed for the exhibition in Maria Luisa Park, among them the Plaza designed by Aníbal Gonzálezpan>. On the Park's edge was built the current Plaza de España to showcase Spain's industry and technology exhibits.
The Plaza is a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous beautiful bridges . In the centre is a large fountain. Today the plaza mainly consists of Government buildings, but the beauty remains. A popular way to view the exhibition is by renting out a rowing boat and drifting around the moat. By the walls of the Plaza are many tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain. Tourists can have their photo taken by their own home province.I thought I was going to jump out of the carriage.
It was the first time we had seen the Spanish flag and we were all excited. The details and again blue and white tile were unbelieveable. I told Jeff we had to drive past here on our way out of the city to take some photos.
We then hung out by the fountain in the city center. The girls made new use of their fans. It was so cool because everyone around there was carrying them and using them. I should have got the darling polka dot ones at the store on the other corner.
I think Jill is the one who came up with the awesome idea of taking photos of postcards on the street. I wish this one would not have been so blurry and thought it was so funny. I didn't send any postcards from our trip but if I did, I would have bought 20 of these!
As we were sitting at the fountain all of a sudden the bell started ringing. Can you believe the color of that blue sky - the photo does not even do it justice.
We did not do a good job of bringing food with us. We were hoping to find more options for the kids. We actually sat down in a resturant and then got up and left after we got the menu saying "the kids are not going to eat any of this"
This was one of the out door cafe's and you can see the mister's spraying because it was so hot outside.
The tables were next to the window where they had the fresh meat hanging so you can see a before photo of your dinner.
We opted to skip this cafe as well.
But I was glad that we found the cute street to the right of it. This is just an example of skinny the street were that people drove on.
We then got a sandwhich off the street and then started walking through the shopping area. At this point it was about 8:00 pm and the town was so empty. It took us a few days to realized that the cities do not come alive until about 9:00 - 10:00 pm It seemed everywhich way we looked there were these beautiful chidlren clothing stores. Most of the dresses were made with Liberty of London like fabrics only more beautiful - if you can imagine.
Smocking and peter pan colars were everywhere. All the outfits started at about 35 Euros which would be close to 50 US dollars - I was amazed that I resisted the temptation to buy anything along the trip for the girls. (i am sure that Jeff carrying to money had something to do with it)
This store was amazing. I wonder if Pottery Barn kids didn't discover this store and create their store to bring it to the US. It was the real deal and amazing. The website does not even do it justice but great nursery decorating ideas.
Then we turned the corner and the girls seemed to get a second wind. We came across this little plaza with beautiful different designs in each square made out of little stones.
The girls were spent - and honestly probably so were we. We walked back through the windy streets to find our car. It is just such good thing Jeff has such a great sense of direction, I would never have found our way back.
Then I had Jeff drive me back to the Plaza de Espana while they sat in the car so I could go take some photos. The sun was setting and it was beautiful.
But the tile on the steps, the banisters and pedestals was just amazing!!!
The girls patiently waited while they watched a movie in the car and Sally Jane screamed the entire 30 minute drive home. We all came home to eat Peanut Butter Sandwhiches and will have to come back another time