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Cordoba

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Roman Bridge, Cordoba centre

Roman Bridge, Cordoba centre

Plaza, Cordoba

Plaza, Cordoba

Fibula, Archaeology Museum, Cordoba

Fibula, Archaeology Museum, Cordoba

Mosaic, Archaeological Museum, Cordoba

Mosaic, Archaeological Museum, Cordoba

Roman theatre, under archaeological museum, Cordoba

Roman theatre, under archaeological museum, Cordoba

Temple of Diana, Cordoba

Temple of Diana, Cordoba

Less than 2 hours on a comfortable coach ride, Cordoba is a real gem which is well worth a visit. The old centre is full of little cobbled lanes, and a peek into open doorways brings forth a wonderful array of inner courtyards: beautiful tiles, fountains and plants all giving a cool oasis on a hot day, as well as being lovely to look at.

The temporary archaeology museum is worth a look (Roman, Moorish and Christian exhibits). It has been built over the old Roman theatre, which can be viewed in the basement via walkways. The museum is situated in a lovely plaza - beer and tapas very reasonable, once again :-)

A walk through the cobbled streets - lots of tourist stuff in some places - leads to the Alcazar, and then the Roman bridge across the Guadalquivir (pedestrians only).

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Antiquarium and Macarena District

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Antiquarium, Seville

Antiquarium, Seville

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Antiquarium, Seville

Wooden structure under which is the Antiquarium, plaza de Encarnacion

Wooden structure under which is the Antiquarium, plaza de Encarnacion

Macarenas district, Seville

Macarenas district, Seville

Macarena District

Macarena District

The Antiquarium at Plaza de Encarnacion was a great surprise. When an underground car park was proposed in 1999, initial excavations found important Roman and Moorish remains. Not only did the local government eschew the notion of a car park following this discovery, they have made the area into an amazing experience, using interactive displays, excellent lighting effects, and clever use of plexiglass for clear walkways and partitioning. There are a number of mosaics, information on the local fish salting trade and lamp making, and lots of other stuff!

In the afternoon we visited the Macarenas area. Enjoyed tapas and a cold beer at Bar Plata, which has been catering for hungry and thirsty Sevillanos since early last century (c.1910). Beautiful azulejos, and olde worlde charm ( as well as the best cheese and ham toastie I've ever had).

Tomorrow

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Archaeology Museum and Exploring Laneways

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Turdetanian votives, Archaeological Museum

Turdetanian votives, Archaeological Museum

More mosaics

More mosaics

One of many Roman tombstones, Archaeology Museum

One of many Roman tombstones, Archaeology Museum


Sweets everywhere

Sweets everywhere

More sweets ...

More sweets ...

Yum

Yum

One of my favourite shops - fountain pens!!

One of my favourite shops - fountain pens!!

A quiet day getting to know the public transport system and exploring more little lane ways. Lots more fascinating shops, and a good look around the Archaeological museum. Some interesting Tartessian and Turdetanian artefacts, as well as a lot of Roman pieces, especially from Italica. Some great mosaics.
Finished the night with more sangria!

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Hello Spain!

Seville

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My favourite flamenco dress (so far)

My favourite flamenco dress (so far)

Flamenco!

Flamenco!

Plaza near our room

Plaza near our room

Three days of being really sick have put a little dampener on things, but the trip by bus from Faro to Seville was good, and exploring the old centre of Seville for a little while yesterday afternoon was certainly incentive to kick the bug as soon as possible! A maze of old cobbled streets and fascinating little shops, it certainly brings alive the special culture of the city: numerous shops selling an amazing array of flamenco dresses, special flamenco shoe shops, over the top jewellery, shops for children's first communion clothing,and a variety of specialist men's wear, such as very smart hats! A good meal of tapas and sangria finished the evening off well.

Heading to the archaeological museum tomorrow, and a little more exploring of the streets - as much as firing on one cylinder will allow :-P

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Over the river to Spain

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Plaza, Ayamonte

Plaza, Ayamonte

Benches in the plaza, Ayamonte

Benches in the plaza, Ayamonte

Tavern, Ayamonte

Tavern, Ayamonte

Ayamonte wall art

Ayamonte wall art

View from Ayamonte across to Portugal

View from Ayamonte across to Portugal

A train trip (on another sunny day!) took us to Vila Real de San Antonio - a lovely little town - to catch the ferry to Ayamonte, across the river in Spain.

Vila Real has a great old Art Deco station, which is now mostly boarded up, as were a lot of the little station buildings along the way. The town centre was clean and pretty, with a bustling market and lots of little shops, mainly selling linen and towels!

The ferry trip took 15 minutes, and the boat moors just 5 minutes walk from Ayamonte centre and a beautiful plaza. The town is spotless, with lots of little cobbled streets and Spanish architecture, and a hive of activity. We had imagined coming back for a longer stay, but the current financial crisis and massive unemployment means that some things that were of particular interest to us - i.e. the bowls club! - are not the thriving places they once were unfortunately, so we will be looking a little further east, possibly Estepona.

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