Sunday, 28 January 2018

Seville, Spain (Hilton Garden Inn)

So glad I changed rooms since this room is more quiet than the last. Though, because it is almost the same as the other, it took me awhile to get used to the different layout. Thankfully the bathroom is in the same general location.

I didn’t have much planned for today except to walk along the river in the other direction (South) and explore the Parque de Maria Luisa and then Plaza de Espana. Maybe Alcazar too.

I caught the shuttle into the city center and started talking with a couple who were from the west coast of the U.S. like me. Found out that we shared common interests and exchanged information at the end of the shuttle ride.

I enjoy not having a set plan when I begin my day exploring a city. No rush to be somewhere and can enjoy exploring wherever I feel like going at any given moment.

The Parque de Maria Luisa was just across the bridge where the shuttle let us off. I ran a quick errand down Virgen de Lugan, then walked south to the old port and crossed over the bridge to the park. On my way I had a chance to look at the shipping containers that were stacked along the river and looked like river view apartments, (Posted a picture two days ago.) Wondering what it would be like to live in one of those.

Random Statue – I liked the outstretched arms

From there I walked further and wandered then through  Parque de Maria Luisa before heading over to Plaza de Espana. Every so often I would sit and enjoy the park and watch people, many with families, taking advantage of the mild weather and the Sunday afternoon. Very calm and peaceful.

Parque de Maria Luisa

I’d only seen the Plaza de Espana in pictures, but you have to see it in person to appreciate how it is laid out, the features and the art.  Big fountain in front, a broad expanse of the building, places to sit and then enjoy the surroundings – really, a perfect place to relax and feel the appreciation. This space was intended for people to enjoy rather than to impress – though it was impressive – no doubt about that.

Blue Porcelain Mosaic

I was walking along then heard my name. It was the same couple who I met on the shuttle from the hotel. Guess it was intended that we meet again. They looked like they were enjoying this location as much as I was. After we went our separate ways I continued to walk along until I saw these spaces, many of them, in a row and each had a unique theme. I’d never seen anything like this before. I tried to find one to take a picture, but wanted to take a picture of one that was vacant. I settled for a picture that didn’t include a place to sit.

I left the park and plaza and walked over to Real Alcazar. I was having trouble finding the entrance, but along the way (took a few pictures), I found an interesting enclave of small shops along narrow streets. I wasn’t quite sure how to get out to a main street, given the twists and turns of this area, but eventually I saw a busy street and headed in that direction. And there I found the entrance to Alcazar. There was a line to get in, and not wanting to stand in line, I kept walking.

Entrance to Alcazar (Royal Palace of Moorish Muslim Kings)

I’d been walking for several hours and was ready to return to the hotel. It was Sunday, and I’d like to take my version of a siesta. I was looking for a public toilet and none was to be found. Guess I will hold it until I return to the hotel. As I was waiting for the shuttle, I saw the couple from the U.K. who I met the day before. We talked about travel while waiting for our shuttle.

On the ride back to the hotel, the shuttle driver explained that he was in college and majoring in Tourism Management, with the goal of managing a hotel. He was interested in the U.S. and would like to travel there one day. This gave me an opportunity to tell him how much I appreciated how much I’ve admired Spain so far because of the friendliness of the Spanish people, clean streets, and how well the older parts of the city and historical sites have been maintained.

When we arrived at the hotel I was ready for my siesta. And after I woke I was hungry and wanted to try the nearby KFC, for whatever reason. Who knows! I could have ordered room service, but getting out for a short walk was my preference. I took my order back to the room to enjoy. Though, not being a KFC expert, the meal was a little less than what I had imagined. (Won’t go into details.)

After updating my blog, I watched a couple of YouTube videos on the British Royal Family and it was time for bed.

Tomorrow, I’m planning to walk down to the old Expo 1992 location and look around. It will be a day of mostly walking and the old Expo site would give me a reason for a longer walk.


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