Seville has snails!!!

Trip Start May 12, 2005
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Trip End May 14, 2006


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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Seville is an engaging city; the older part of town is compact, cultured and goes off every night. Orange trees line the streets, along with jumping tapas joints, cheesy souvenir shops and camera toting tourists....seville is a very touristy place. The moorish legacy is everywhere to see, from the massive cathedral to the real alcazar. We only spent three nights here after arriving from portugal......

food

- tabs for tapas and beer written in chalk on the bar-top, food scene is fantastic.
- all the staple tapas items, our picks included fried calamares, potato tortillas and grilled/stuffed peppers.
- one great little local bar, littered with bar flies, specialised in 'cabrillas' (snails), almost as tasty as Mark's Nonna's vovalachi, Mark was pretty chuffed with this discovery.
- the best restaurant was a real find; cheap, locals only, pretty classy (by our standards anyway), tapas and mini-main meals (eg. fine swordfish steak and salad) meant that we could try heaps of different stuff....would have eaten here on three occasions if it wasn't closed one night....
- finally got some decent churros; fried donut sticks dipped in molten chocolate, perfect for a hangover but they have to be fresh out of the oil!!

real alcazar

- intricate and expansive moorish palace/fortification.
- alhambra-esque, but not quite in the same league (we would go on to Granada to visit the Alhambra after morocco).
- still there was some fantastic stuff; gardens out the back were really mixed and interesting, the trademark stuccowork was magnificent and a massive tapestry-map of Europe/Africa was pretty impressive as well.
- spent a half-day wandering...plenty of people inside, but also plenty to see.

football

- watched a match in a seedy bar; real madrid vs mallorca.
- madrid lost 2-1 and as soon as the final whistle went, the bar emptied...bit of fun though.

cathedral

- one of the biggest in the world; truly gigantic.
- built on a mosque (ongoing theme in this part of the world)
- climbed up the tower (built by the same dude as the big minaret in marrakech) to gain fantastic views over all of seville.

river picnic

- pretty self-explanatory; great day for it, some yummy cheese, jamon serrano (spanish prosciutto), lots of people sunning themselves and too many carrots!!!!

flamenco

- seville is the place for flamenco guitar/dancing.
- the thing about flamenco is that it is supposed to be pretty spontaneous, explosive and passionate.
- avoided the places that put on nightly shows...but one night, accidentally ended up having a drink at one of these very places.
- great front area, people jamming on the piano, nice and quiet.....then the hordes started to roll up and fill up a massive back-room area.
- stuck around for the flamenco show....full of vigour and passion, great musicians...but too many loud/drunken people.....

our cell

- one of the worst places we have stayed in....cheap, dank and dark (no window, Clare's ultimate nightmare)....

impromptu flamenco guitar session

- in a bar, for a beer to celebrate the news that clare had become an aunty.
- mid afternoon...couple of guys and the bar chick having a jam, only us and a couple of other blokes in the bar.
- had great voices, could play as well... a lot of fun, sort of atoned for the previous flamenco fiasco.

onto morocco

- decided we'd better flash down to Morocco for something different, took an early bus to tariffa, then an unpleasant ferry to tangiers.
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