Hot chocolate is a local speciality

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Friday, January 20, 2012

A bus from Malaga took us to Seville for an overnight stay in this city famous for it's cathedral and hot chocolate. I eyed up the hot chocolate on sale at every bar but unfortunately at that time I didn't know that it was a local speciality! I was later told that it is so good that our friends drive several hours for it. The spoon stands up in the glass. It's unmissable. I missed it.
 
For 28 for both of us, we were pleasantly surprised at our accommodation, Pension San Pancracio. A small hotel, private rooms with a shared bathroom. It had a bed and sink and no window. Sounds like a prison cell but it was clean, comfortable, compact, located centrally in an old quarter and very cheap. A stroll from our hotel took us through the labyrinth of mule width streets; a small area that is/was the Jewish quarter of the city adjacent to the world famous cathedral.
 
The cathedral is the third largest in the world, behind St Peters in the Vatican and St Paul's in London. We've never been to St Paul's so we think we should aim for the hat trick soon! From the inside it was difficult to get a view on it's size because of things like the chancel blocking the view. Climbing up the 47 flights of stairs to the top of the bell tower offered us an unimpeded view of the site. As usual, the house of worship was filled with works of art. Our audio guide helpfully described these. I don't know how it was built, how the Moorish temple was ripped down and the Catholic cathedral erected, but I do know that there are a lot of paintings by Italian artists whose names I could never hope to pronounce correctly!
 
Breakfast before our bus to Portugal was in a bar fairly randomly chosen. As I chomped down on potato omelette in a bun, a speciality I did taste, a man walked in who looked familiar. The newspapers in his hands were English language. As he ordered his English breakfast, we recognised him as the "inconceivable" man from "Princess Bride", Wallace Shawn. Knowing that this film is the favourite of a friend of ours, and after a quick briefing by text, I approached the actor, drivelled about being a Star Trek fan (I'm not a Trekkie but I did recognise him as a Ferengi overlord in DS9), introduced Laura as the enormous fan of Princess Bride, took a photo, got an autograph made out to the someone else that Laura was impersonating and then we legged it!
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James the VII of france on

I am going to watch princess bride in honour.

great to see you a month back. enjoy the flamenco travelleurs

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Liz on

You've seen some great things and people :-)

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