September 23, 2017 Sevilla, Spain
6.2 miles (10 km, close enough)
Today I totally intended to get up early, take the bus into Sevilla (I’m staying in a town close by) and see both the Cathedral and the Alcázar. I sort of did what I set out to do.
I woke up at 7am and decided to have breakfast at the hotel and by 8:30am I was at the bus stop. However the bus came at 9:15am since its Saturday. I guess that I better look at the schedule for tomorrow!
My bus takes me in about 15 minutes directly to the bus station. The Plaza de Armas.
From there my phone says it takes 17 minutes to get to the Alcázar and the Cathedral is right before it. Looking at the map I go from the lower left to the upper right of this picture. The good thing is that my heel is practically healed and my right knee is in a brace. So I do pretty well (at least for several hours).
No problem! I first got to the Cathedral and realized that Mass was going on and that I was dressed inappropriately anyway (no sleeves). So after a very brief look I moved on to find a ticket for the Alcázar, which would open soon.
The other day the line was horrible, but today, early, it was manageable.
Here are the hours:
So, what is the Alcázar? It’s basically a Royal palace that’s been around awhile and whose structure and gardens have been influenced by many different eras in Spanish history. I ended up paying an entry fee, for an auditory tour and a book. The title of the book is interesting:
Right below the title it says “More than a thousand years of art and architecture.” Wow!
This royal palace went through Almohad, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Romantic eras from about the 8th century to the present. The Spanish Royal family stay here when they are in town (I did not pay the additional fee to look).
That’s why I ended up spending 6 hours here. So much history and so many things to see. I’m tired now so will NOT be providing more specific info, but I will show you some of the many pictures that I took.
There are a lot more pictures. I spent a lot of time in the immense garden. I have a lots of pictures for this too. Here is a map of the whole complex from the brochure. The green is the garden.
I looked at my entry ticket and it said 10:30am and it was now 4:30pm. I’d only had some cookies since breakfast and I was hungry, thirsty, hot and tired. I’d seen about as much as I could.
So I checked out and went to the closest place to eat. Then I took a leisurely stroll back to the bus station. I wanted some ice cream, but surprisingly didn’t walk by any as I headed back.
On the bus I met a couple from Australia. Colin and Janice. They just got to Sevilla and had been to Córdoba. That’s where I go on Monday!
I multi-tasked when I got to my room by washing clothes, updating computer stuff, going through my pictures, straightening out my brochures, showering and eating! Oh yeah, I was still hungry so I picked this up at the store to eat in my room.
Ham and cheese empanada
Well it’s late and I have to get to bed! Good night!🌙😴💤
By the way, I’m wondering if anyone will ask me about the peacock!