Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spain: Sevilla, Part II

Dad and I spent our last full day in Sevilla checking out two of its most impressive sites: the Alcazar and the Catedral with its famed Giralda tower.

I loved the Alcazar.  It had elements of old and new, and the gardens were immense!  We saw peacocks, a hedge maze, and enjoyed the fountains and walks outside.  The inside was just as impressive, with tapestries and painted tile, as well as high ceilings.  I thought that Alcazars were more like fortresses to protect royals, and there were several walls to that effect.  But the beauty inside of this one was definitely palatial.

 We headed over to the Cathedral, which was crowded with tourists.  While it is the third largest in the world, I wasn't so impressed with the building itself... until we saw the view!

La Giralda
Catedral de Sevilla
Dad and I climbed the many ramps to the top of the Giralda to see the city from one of its highest points.  We could even see our hotel.

The view
Afterwards, we enjoyed some tapas and gelato; I tried the flavor crema de sevilla, which had a hint of nutmeg.  Yum!

We finished off our trip in Sevilla with a reception at the hotel for our travel party.  There was music, a three-course meal, and lots of great conversation.  I had an amazing time in Spain with Dad, and I'm so glad he invited me to accompany him on such an amazing trip.  Thanks to Mom for giving me her spot for my 27th birthday!  :)

It's good to be the queen!

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