Thursday, May 30, 2019

Stitch Meditations

 SM 148
Moroccan influence and colours

SM 149
Flamenco dancing.

Final Sights of Seville

We didn't go into the bull ring for a tour as we don't support the principal of the act of bull fighting.
 Looking across the Rio Guadalquivir Alfonso XIII river.
 Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Seville bull ring. 
Holds a capacity of 12,000 seating

 Statue of Countess of Barcelona.
Statue of Curro Romeo a famous torero.

 Moroccan influence in Maria Luisa Park

 Outside each church and buildings are these tiled feature plates.
 While I was taking this phot, there was the sound of a flamenco guitar in the background.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Plaza de Espana

de Espana is a plaza in the Parque de Maria Luisa, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles of Spanish architecture.
 Measuring 50,000 square metres, it is the size of 5 football ovals.

 The Plaza has been used over the decades as a location for filming several movies, Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia and the latest Sasha Baron-Cohen film.

 Today the building houses government offices. During the peak of summer the centre fountain area can reach up to 45 degrees C, while inside the building can reach 65 degrees C, as no air conditioning is available.

 Beautiful ceramics surround the building, bridges, walls and balustrades.

 All along the wall by the canal are 48 alcoves with benches, one for each province of Spain, each with a relevant tableau and map. All are designed on colourful azulejos (painted ceramic tiles).
By lunchtime the temperature had reached 37 degrees C and was rising. We spent a few hours after lunch in our room under the air con before exploring the opposite side of the river for dinner.


A long day flying Amsterdam-Madrid-Seville. Arrived late afternoon to the relief that my carry on containing my large SLR camera arrived safely and intact. The airline asked if it could be put in cargo, free of charge and as it went down the shoot realised the Canon was in it and not really protected.
After seeing the baggage handler literally throw it on to the belt from a great distance to be loaded, I was quite worried. All good in the end.

SM 147
Flew over the orange groves and very surprised at how dry the area is.

The city is made up of hundreds of tiny alleyways. You stand in the doorways when a car drives past.
We noticed the pedestrians only walk on one side of the street, the shaded side.
 After checking in we wandered the alleyways and found the way to the Plaza where our 2 hour free walking tour is meeting the next morning.
 There is a very strong Islam and Moroccan influence in the architecture, beautiful buildings in this very clean city.
We stopped for Tapas and a cold drink for dinner about 6.30pm.
The young waiter, who spoke excellent English, told us that the Spanish eat their lunch at 3pm and dinner between 9-10pm.

The weather for tomorrow is predicted to be 38 degrees C.
Very different to what we have come from.
From what we have seen so far, Seville is a beautiful city.

Monday, May 27, 2019


SM 145
Modern Cologne
Cologne railway station.

Arrived in Amsterdam. Very lucky as the return cruise which leaves Tuesday may not get through as the river is in flood towards Budapest.
 Amsterdam railway station
We wandered after lunch with Cecile and Larry
 Bikes, bikes and more bikes
Tulip bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs.

SM 146
Clog making, they are made one size bigger than the foot as thick socks are worn.
As the area was always under water they were made to keep feet dry.
European willow and poplar are used.
Wild buttercups.
Chocolate moulds
Last of the tulips, missed them flowering by a week.

A visit to Edam, home of cheese making.

 Traditional homes along the canal in Edam.