On my own in Seville, The Seville Cathedral
A lot of my vacations are with travel groups with travelers whom I don’t know. It is a great way to meet new people who share the same travel goals as you. Plus, it makes my mom happier that I’m not traveling by myself. Sometimes those people can get annoying because they walk slower or like to speed race through everything. There is always the option to not do the group activities but I usually like them. Every other day or two is a free day where we can split off for the whole day and do our own thing if we want. The shoppers shop, the eaters eat, and the sightseers sightsee. I like to do all 3 at my very own fast pace.
In Seville I opted to sightsee and eat ice cream on my free day. All the shops were closed due to the fair or I would have done that too. First up was the inside of the Seville Cathedral– 4th biggest in the world.
I’ve seen many European churches in my day and can say that this one was impressive.
On the left is the huge organ.
The Seville Cathedral is also where Christopher Columbus lies. Here is his tomb:
It took me a minute to figure out what to do with this mirror. You are supposed to use it to take a picture of the cool ceiling but people kept stepping in front of me so I had to be front and center in the picture too.
So here is a picture of me in my shorty-shorts and the pretty ceiling 🙂
You can walk the ramp (no steps) up the Giralda Bell Tower to take in the view. Here is the orange grove from above. It is definitely the only cathedral I’ve been to with an orange grove inside the walls.
And the random photo of the day: There is an alligator outside one of the main doors to the cathedral. Why? I have no idea. I didn’t get the audio guide so I’ll have to google that later. It was a big alligator.
The Alcazar Palace was next to the Seville Cathedral so I hopped there next. It was one of the must see sights on Seville but I say you can skip it. It was cool, the gardens especially, but not cool enough to not be missed.
Feathered friends hanging out.
At night the group met up for some Flamenco. In Seville Flamenco is very popular and some of the best in Spain. We were able to go to a show to see it all go down. It was really spectacular. The dancing was really fun for this former tap dancer. The singer and guitarist were probably better than the dancing but dancing is my favorite always.
Obviously you can’t take pictures during the performance so they were nice and did a little finale dance and song at the end where they let us get a few photos.
After Flamenco we headed back to the fair. It was very different at night with a lot more random dancing (probably brought on by wine consumption).
By now it is 2am, the party is still going strong but I was way past tired and headed to bed. It was a good free day.