We went to lunch and tried many different foods that are popular as tapas. We had tomatoes, croquettas, sliced ham on little pieces of bread with tomato sauce, tinto con naranja(red wine with Orange Fanta), and of course sangria. It was nice to see parts of the city for the first time.
We went to the Real Alcázar de Sevilla which is the royal palace of Sevilla. The upper levels of the palace are still used today by the royal family when they come to Sevilla. It is the oldest palace in Europe that is still in use. Alcázar means Royal House or Room of the Prince.
This was more of a relaxing day. But we did get tapas later in the afternoon. We did a little wondering and walked by the University of Sevilla and the Bull Fighting Arena. We ate along the river near the Torre del Oro.
Torre del Oro
Thursday..We attended a festival for the El Rocío pilgrimage. If you would like to learn more go to http://www.andalucia.com/festival/rocio.htm There were tons of people and the men and women that were taking part in the celebration were wearing traditional Flamenco clothes. There were bulls that pull carriages so that was my favorite part. We also stepped inside the Cathedral of Sevilla. It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third largest church in the world. It was absolutely stunning!
El Rocío Pilgrimage
Cathedral de Sevilla
We went to Plaza de España on a bus tour. This was one of my favorite places so far. The building is shaped in a semi-circle that resembles a hug for the Americas. It was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929, along with the many other pavilions that are located in Parque Maria Luisa. We then finished our bus tour throughout the city. We went across the river and back seeing many things this beautiful city has to offer.
Plaza de España
Well that sums up week 1! Very excited for the adventures that are to come ahead in week 2.