I emailed them the week before to warn them that temperatures had been reaching 26 degrees and they should bring sun hats and a summery attitude. Predictably, the day they arrived it began to rain. They first went to Granada and think they trudged around a soggy Alhambra. I think it brought back bad memories of when they came to Cuba and it rained almost constantly for a fortnight: locals kept remarking how unusually rainy it was!
Once they were in Seville, Mother kindly requested "the next time you go and live somewhere else could you please pick a more temperate time of year? Maybe May, or June?" I sharply reminded her that she had chosen to visit Cuba in "RAINY SEASON" so it wasn't technically my fault to which she responded with a guilt-inducing "Yes you did mention that before." Somehow the temperature got EVEN COLDER.
Well, nevertheless we are spritely folk so the weather never gets us down! Seville is a very cultural and exciting city so there is a lot to do, even if you come for a whole week. I planned some relaxation time for them and booked them in to Agua de Sevilla, the arabic baths, which they absolutely loved. It's probably good that I scheduled in some specific relaxation time as they filled up the rest of the week with a LOT of activities. When they left it was difficult for me to think of a single thing in the whole of Seville and its surrounding areas that they hadn't done, but I'm sure if they'd stayed a few more days they would have unearthed something!
|Ceiling Inside Seville Cathedral|
|Ruined Amphitheatre at the Italica Roman Site|
|Inside the Amphitheatre....where the gladiators walked!! OMG|
Italica was a wonderful day trip to get out of the city. Easily reached by bus from Plaza de Armas, it is a very tranquil Roman ruin site that is massive and green. We pottered about and pretended to be Caecilius et al. I say "day trip". It is a "day trip" for most people. Once we'd got back from the "day trip" and I was ready for dinner and bed, Father cheerily realised we still had enough hours left in the day to visit the art museum. They had to leave our cat at home (he can't travel) so maybe they were trying to fill up the hours so they didn't miss him so much? I can't think of any other reason for so many activities! That night I nearly fell asleep standing up at a bar.
|The Modern Art Museum, Seville|
At the end of the week it was Palm Sunday so we dived into Semana Santa celebrations. Things had hotted up, and we stood, sweltering, under the baking sun as we watched the processions. This was a great experience (read about it here), except when we realised we had like an hour and a half to get back to their apartment, collect the luggage and get to the bus station for their bus to Malaga. DO NOT TRY TO TRAVERSE Seville during Semana Santa! We ended up at Las Setas (a massive plaza) just as a procession was passing. Everybody I tried to wiggle past got all pissy thinking I was trying to push to the front to watch the procession from the best spot. AS IF. It was so stressful.
|Seville Sunset over the Guadalquivir River|