Weekend in Seville in Mar 2023

It's Vicky's 60th birthday coming up, so we decided we would head out to enjoy some sun in Seville. We are going away with Andrew and Sam to celebrate this big event in style.

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Weekend in Seville in Mar 2023: Day 4 – Morning in Seville

By Nige on Tue 21 Mar 2023 at 11:19
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Story: Weekend in Seville in Mar 2023
Tags: Seville | Spain | Weekends

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICKY!

The day didn’t get off to a great start due to a slightly challenging sleep. We were both awake at 3am, thanks to Vick telling me off about snoring!

Vicky showing off her birthday present
Vicky showing off her birthday present
Vicky showing off her birthday present
Vicky showing off her birthday present

The Vickster was finally awoken from her slumber at 6:30am or so. Present giving started and she was thrilled with the pendant that I bought for her.

I was disappointed that when she sent me an email a few weeks ago with jewellery suggestions for her birthday, the words Elizabeth Duke (Argos) didn’t appear…

The next thing she opened was a tatty card from me, which didn’t even say happy birthday on it! I blame Amazon for not delivering Vick’s birthday on time for me to bring it to Seville. The card that I only ordered yesterday…

The Vickster and me at Starbucks in Seville
The Vickster and me at Starbucks in Seville
The Vickster and me at Starbucks in Seville
The Vickster and me at Starbucks in Seville

We then moved onto the big reveal, and that doesn’t refer to any carnal activity, but to the book/album that her friends and family had pulled together which summarised her years with us so far. That went down a storm and earned me lots of brownie points.

We headed out to a new Starbucks at 7:30am and enjoyed a leisurely coffee. A lovely start to the day.

A happy Vicky at breakfast with a brother more interested in his phone
A happy Vicky at breakfast with a brother more interested in his phone
A happy Vicky at breakfast with a brother more interested in his phone
A happy Vicky at breakfast with a brother more interested in his phone

We headed back to the hotel and into breakfast for 9am, where we met Andrew and Sam.

Vicky was surprised by the waiter bringing her a lovely little birthday cake with a candle. The cake was gorgeous (by all accounts).

We left the hotel at around 9:45am for a 10:15am slot for walking around the cathedral and walking up the tower.

The streets were starting to fill up with tourists and the fast track access to the cathedral was difficult to navigate through. With a bit of persistence, we got through in the end.

On the way up Giralda
On the way up Giralda
On the way up Giralda
On the way up Giralda

We started with Giralda (the tower connected to the Cathedral) and we walked up the 35+ ramps installed around the outer walls.

The Giralda is the bell tower of Seville Cathedral. It was built as the minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville in al-Andalus, Moorish Spain, with a Renaissance-style belfry added at a later point.

Initial view from the tower over the city of Seville
Initial view from the tower over the city of Seville
Initial view from the tower over the city of Seville
Initial view from the tower over the city of Seville

The tower is 104.1 m (342 ft) in height and remains one of the most important symbols of the city, as it has been since the Middle Ages.

Find out more about Giralda at Wikipedia.

Looking down from the top of Giralda
Looking down from the top of Giralda
Looking down from the top of Giralda
Looking down from the top of Giralda

Once at the top we were presented with some stunning views of the city.

The birthday girl at the top of Giralda in Seville
The birthday girl at the top of Giralda in Seville
The birthday girl at the top of Giralda in Seville
The birthday girl at the top of Giralda in Seville

The ramps up Giralda were two-way but not too narrow, so having people coming at you from the other direction, wasn’t too much of a challenge.

There were some convenient stop off points along the way to allow older folk to sit for a few mins and to get their breath back.

On the way down from the Giralda in Seville
On the way down from the Giralda in Seville
On the way down from the Giralda in Seville
On the way down from the Giralda in Seville

Once back down on tera firma, we wandered around the cathedral. It wasn’t quite as stunning as the Mezquita in Cordoba yesterday, but it was still attractive.

TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC

Find out more about Seville cathedral at Wikipedia.

The Cathedral, including the Giralda, was registered in 1987 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with the Alcázar and the General Archive of the Indies.

After we were done with the cathedral, we wandered around the streets and identified two potential lunch stops. Our focus today was on salad!


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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