Weekend in Seville in Mar 2023: Day 4 – Morning in Seville
By Nige on Tue 21 Mar 2023 at 11:19
Story: Weekend in Seville in Mar 2023
Type: Post Category: Travel
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once at the top we were presented with some stunning views of the city.
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.
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.
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!
Follow the whole story here: Weekend in Seville in Mar 2023
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