THE RIVER, MUSEUM AND FLAMENCO
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
322Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Weather: Delightful- sunny, mid 20,s.
Last day in this lovely city, actually all the cities have been amazing to our eyes so far and we venture out with a plan to change money, visit the Museo de Bellas Artes, investigate the River Guadalquivir and to enjoy tapas and beer for late lunch.
But first stop is for an espresso at the nearby La Cantina- 1.20 Euros each and always strong and perfect; we were electric for a while but our energy was drained trying to find a bank that would change our cash to euros. Some extra stress was that the banks close at 2.30 and as we queued again to be told "no can do" it was getting close to 2pm which in the language of some banks equates to 2.30 and their doors were barred at that time.
Lucky, lucky the last bank (after 5 banks) said yes and closed its doors at 2.10 to other customers. Wow, something we thought would take 10 minutes ended up taking almost 2 hours.
Lesson learned and then it was a quick stop at a department store where we came across a whole section of Flamenco dresses which we had noticed elsewhere- Sheila approached the sales assistant who explained that for Feria de Seville, which happens after Easter, everyone dresses up in flamenco outfits. They were gorgeous and expensive at 300-500 euros which is $400-$500 and isn't Spain broke?
We visited the river front and made our way to the Torre de Oro- tower of Gold- which was a lookout tower for the defence of the port and city, when Seville was the centre of Western world trade in the 16th century; the great navigators explored the unknown territories from here and brought back spices, jewels etc from far away and made the city wealthy.
Today the riverfront is a quiet area with some bridges, parks, bike ways attracting locals an tourists
We climbed the tower for a good view.
Time to tackle the impressive Museo de Bellas Artes which showcases the art of Seville's golden age of the 16th and 17th centuries. Mostly religious, dark and not our favourite paintings, we wandered about for an hour and admitted that the building housing the works was worth a visit. It is a former convent with incredible space and decor.
We sat a while in the small plaza and found a busy place to have beer and tapas. Another brilliant day- sunny, cloudless blue skies and on the way home we indulged in delicious gelati which we judged equivalent to Cibo's in Adelaide.
We have loved the food markets and our own local one is pretty good; the new renovated one at Plaza Encarnacion had great produce but looked clinical! The mushroom roof looked too modern!
Some online business to attend to and a little chill time and then it was off to the Museo del Baile Flamenco to get close to the traditional flamenco. And it was a great spectacle for eyes and ears. We were front row and you could see the expressions and admire the pulsating feet; the guitarist and singer were fabulous and we had goose bumps.
A great way to complete our visit to Seville and now it's time to pack