Hello Friends! I'm back again! We have been on a little holiday so I wasn't able to blog last week. But I don't like to be away from my computer for long.
We live in Spain so Portugal is not really that far. We drove to Portugal with one overnight stop. The reason I wanted to go to Portugal was that lovely white wine they sell over there called Vinho Verde. (see photos on Tuesday's blog).
Having bought several crates of the stuff, and spending one night over the border, we drove back to Spain and stopped in Seville.
The weather is lousy at the moment and has been for two weeks now. Cold and rainy. But when visiting a city it is better to have cool weather than sweltering hot.
I love doors and in an old city like Seville there are many interesting ones. The first photo shows a wrought iron door to a 'patio', the courtyard around which old Spanish houses are built. (I love having a peep).
These wooden structures are called 'Las Setas' (the mushrooms) for obvious reasons. They cover an archeological site from Roman times:
Sevilla is known for its horse drawn carriages. Of course these days it are the tourists who mainly use them.
Our budget didn't allow for a ride but i did like looking at the beautiful horses.
This tower is called La Giralda and used to be part of a mosque. When Spain was conquered by Christians and the cathedral was build in medieval times, the tower became the bell tower of the cathedral. The copper spheres, so typical of a mosque, had fallen off during an earthquake and have been replaced by bells.
Interestingly there are many replicas of this tower in the US. For example in the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.
The old centre is completely pedestrianised and every little street is clearly named, so it was so easy (with a map) to negociate the warren of allyways.
The parks are large and beautiful.
And the key to this door would certainly not fit in my rucksack! Compare its size to the modern key hole just next to it....
I hope you liked our little outing to Sevilla! And I hope it made you smile.
To finish, here is a little funny:
I'm linking up with Annie at Friday Smiles and later on with Virginia at Rocking Your World Friday. Please join us with the good things that have happened in your week.
Have a lovely weekend and a good week ahead, full of smiles!