We had a surprisingly good nights sleep, considering our scary cockroach incident right before bed last night! We are very happy to have a good, soft bed instead of concrete hard like we had our first week.
We finished our laundry this morning, after drying it overnight the "European way". The description of this apartment mentioned a dryer--I guess this is what they meant!
After a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs and fresh fruit, we were off to our first site--The Cathedral de Seville. Armed with our trusty map, we found it without too many wrong turns. We were surprised to see a line for tickets stretching about half way around the huge cathedral. The line moved fairly quickly, and within 30-40 minutes we were inside.
The Cathedral is the largest Cathedral in Spain, and the second largest in the world. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1402, it was built on the site of an 10th century Mosque. It's built in the Gothic style, complete with flying buttresses.
This is the entrance we went in, it's not the original main entrance:
Sections of the vault are highly decorated. The colors look strange--there was an odd combination of natural light, and warm and cool spotlights. Makes for some difficult photography!
And a good view of the flying buttresses:
After the Cathedral we wanted to go the the Mercado Treina, a permanent covered market across the river. It wasn't too far from the Cathedral, but considering the fact that we'd probably get lost, we chose to take a taxi--for a big $4.
After a brief walk around the market, we wandered a few side streets looking for a spot for lunch. Of course, we chose a cafe with outdoor seating. The menu did have a few English translations--so we thought ordering would be a breeze. Wrong! They didn't have everything on the menu--so the nice waiter tried to help with our selection. We knew we were getting chorizo, and the spinach with chickpeas, but we didn't have any idea what the third dish was (left of the bread basket). It was definitely red meat, and melt in your mouth tender and delicious! We are enjoying the tapas--with the small portions we can try different dishes and still have just a small meal or snack as they are usually just a couple of bites each.
We relaxed for an hour or so, enjoying the beautiful sunny skies, our lunch and a glass of delicious sangria.
Pretty views looking down river--this is the bell tower of the Cathedral de Seville:
Our plan for dinner tonight was to cook at our apartment--so we stopped in a grocery and picked up some ingredients for spaghetti--quick, easy and cheap!
After a few wrong turns, we found our way back "home". We relaxed for an hour or so, then decided to cook dinner at about 6pm. What should have been a quick and easy meal turned in to quite a challenge. With 3 burners, the fan and lights on the breaker kept popping! After several tries, we gave up and cooked in the dark!
We enjoyed our spaghetti with albondigas de pollo (chicken meatballs!), sautéed zucchini, a glass of nice red wine, and a few of those pickled veggies from the market in Cordoba--pretty yummy.
Our plan was to go out for a nice evening stroll and possibly a glass of wine at a cafe after dinner--but we are now both feeling quite content to be lazy and just stay right here in our little apartment.
Good night from the Lazy Lundburys!