|What I thought was a palace was actually the Bank of Portugal!|
|A very imposing statue, with snakes all around his horse?|
|Steep narrow streets up to Castle San Jorge|
|Beautiful castle with lots of Moorish features|
|Looking down on Lisbom|
Castle San Jorge was a nice place and brought home the history of Spain and Portugal which were conquered by the "Moors" in 790. The term "Moors" is a generalization for the Muslims who took over most of this Iberian Peninsular and stayed until around 1100. They brought amazing architecture as well as modern writing, arithmetic and more. I have always liked the architecture, I'm sure I'll be drawing and painting some soon.
|Lots of boats|
|Antique Street Cars|
|And "Tuk Tuk's" everywhere for the tourists|
A couple of days was enough, and we drove south again 300 miles back into Spain to the city of Seville.
On the way the van started to misbehave. The clutch started making weird noises and we couldn't get the transmission into 1st gear. When we slowed down the exit the freeway it began shaking like a wheel was loose or something! And it was Sunday.
|Originally the prayer tower for the Moorish Mosque now the bell tower for the cathedral|
|More Castle walls in Seville|
The hotel turned out to be just across the plaza from the world famous Cathedral. The city was teeming with tourists from all over the world, big parties of Japanese and Chinese and visitors from all over Europe. Sitting in a sidewalk cafe eating dinner we talked to a couple from Wisconsin, then an English girl and her Australian boyfriend, Asia and Nick. They said we ought to have a blog and we asked them if they wanted to be in it, so here are Asia and Nick!!
|Asia and Nick say HI!!|
|The city after dark is perhaps even nicer|
|Sidewalk cafes serving Tapas all night|
|Paella, our favorite|
Then out of the blue some UK friends called and said they had a holiday home about an hour outside Granada and why didn't we come stay with them and they'd help us sort it out.
|Ken and Angie our friends from WAY BACK!|