Another great day in Seville. We started out with a quick walk to the cathedral which is massive and beautiful. Inside, we found the grave of Columbus, which was being “lifted” by four statues in a prominent location. Just a few feet away was one of many treasure rooms, filled with silver, gold and jewels. One of the crowns alone had over 1,100 jewels and was “donated” from the city of Seville to a statue of Mary. Yes, a government entity donated a crazy-expensive crown to a statue. Also inside was an organ that was as tall as the cathedral itself and it had several hundred statues carved into its side.
Afterward, we climbed Giralda tower which, unlike most towers, did not have stairs. Instead, it had a ramp that just goes around and around until you reach the 34th floor. At the top, we were presented with a spectacular 360 degree view of Seville. This… was truly breathtaking. It’s the kind of view that you might see on the travel channel but you never quite believe you’ll see something like that with your own eyes. Looking at the photos afterwards it still felt like we hadn’t been there, but had dreamt it instead.
Starved, tired from the tower and still hungover (by the way we were really hungover), we found a pizza place run by a guy from New York. It was delicious and, believe it or not, was the least rich meal we’ve eaten in days. While eating, we met several ex-pats who passed along some pretty interesting information about what it’s like to live in Spain. We also talked about Holy Week, which unfortunately begins right when we leave. Apparently it’s the best time to be in the city. Next time we’ll know better.
We took a long siesta after the meal and, while Erica was sleeping, I walked around town trying to get lost. I found that to be nearly impossible as we have become so familiar with the area. Finally I gave up, went back to the hotel and woke Erica. We went out for el paseo which means “the stroll”. It’s a spanish custom for well-dressed couples to just walk around the city to take in the sights. It’s peaceful and we’ve done it nearly every day. After our stroll, we had a fantastic dinner where we tried gazpacho (famous cold spicy soup) as well as sopa de pocadillo (ham and egg soup). Also a ton of sangria. We were so tired and full, we left for the hotel to get some rest.
Tomorrow, we head back to Madrid for one more day and then this wonderful trip will have ended. I must say I will be very disappointed to leave and have grown fond of daydreaming that Erica and I are living abroad.