Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Holiday in Spain, Part Tres: Seville

How the heck do you pronounce it? Sa-ville (like a southerner), Sa-ve-ya (like you're trying to honor the language) or Sa-be-ya (like you're a native)?

Who cares how it's pronounced, it's GORGEOUS. And we'll be there for 2 days!

A few things that have been suggested from the lovely Lindsay who lived there for a stint in college. Plus, Casey has been the a couple of times, so he knows what we should see :)

Seville Cathedral
The Seville Cathedral is the largest gothic cathedral and the 3rd largest church in the world. It's like... woah. This bad boy was built from 1402 to 1506.

Plaza de EspaƱa

In 1929, Seville hosted the Ibero-American Exposition World's Fair. So they built THIS. Seriously, how incredible is that? Apparently it houses mostly government employees now. Can you imagine showing up to this every day for work?

The Alcazar
Word. To. Your. Mother. This is where the royals live. It was built from 1540 - 1572, and the rulers have all added on crazy stuff... like a huge garden that kinda looks like a maze and the courtyard pictured above. The courtyard is actually called the Patio de las Doncellas (Courtyard of the Maidens) because, as legend has it, the Moors demanded 100 virgins every year as a tribute. People are crazy, ya'll.

Parque Maria Luisa
I'm in love. In deep, deep l-o-v-e with this park... and I haven't even been there. I'm glad that we're going to be in Seville for 2 days because I might just want to spend an entire day here. It was built for the world's fair, too. I feel like maybe this was the original Maps for Seville bond issue.

Don Quixote

Did you read Don Quixote? Look, it's him!

I'm trying to convince the crew to travel the 2 and a half hours to the Straight of Gibraltar. I wanna see Africa! Hopefully my new glasses will give me the ability to see across the Straight, and it's only 9 miles wide!

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