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Today’s Adventure – Seville. We got a slow start today. We left the lodge at about 09:30. We arrived in old town Seville at about 11:00.
We all wanted a coffee (and restroom) so we searched for a cafe. We settled on Cafeteria Coliseo. We each had a coffee. Leslie had also ordered us a pastry while I was off looking for an ATM. When I returned I found we had each received a cake, Rascon de Reyes. This is a traditional item served at this time of year. In English it is known as King’s Cake. This is normally eaten on Three Kings Day, January 6. There is normally a baby Jesus figure hidden in the cake. Whomever finds the figure is blessed. The cakes that we had today did not have a hidden baby Jesus. That is because the ones we had were individual cakes, not slices from a larger cake.
Today was the first time I had tried the cake. It was good but it was very sweet. The cake we had was roughly the size of a bagel. It was cut in half horizontally. The filling is a.most like whipped cream. The top is sprinkled with large crystals of sugar. Interspersed on the top was dried fruit. I could not eat all of mine.
While we were seated, we noticed several horses and carriages nearby. I asked how much it was for four people. The driver said it was 50 Euros. He showed me on a map the route we would take. It was quite lengthy.
After we paid for our coffee, we walked over to one of the carriages. We got in and began our tour. It was then that I noticed there were carriages everywhere. The carriage was very comfortable.
During our ride, our driver, Jose “Pepe”, told us several tidbits about Seville in Spanish. He said the river is called the Rio Guadalquivir. That is an Arabic word. It means the same thing as Rio Grande. Ships navigate the 80 kilometers back and forth to the Atlantic. At the end of our ride, Pepe told us his horse’s name was Romero.
When we got off of the carriage we began walking along the Avenida de la Constitucion. Within about a block we came across a stand roasting chestnuts. Tyler had said he wanted to try some again. So we stopped to get a small bag. Leslie began singing “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” to the vendor. After each phrase he asked her to continue singing. He really seemed to enjoy her voice.
We continued along the avenue, popping into a tourist store periodically.
At about 13:40 we stumbled across La Bodega de Gongora. Tyler and I had the paella – again. Leslie and Hillary had a tuna and tomato salad. To drink, we had a vino tinto, Hillary had a rum and Coke, and Tyler had a cerveza. After the meal we decided we needed some calamari. It was really very good, as Hillary discovered. If we got a hand close we risked losing a finger!
From the restaurant we strolled to el Corte Ingles to buy some wine to take back to the lodge. After buying the wine we grabbed a taxi to Plaza de Espana. We had driven by it earlier with the carriage. What an amazing building and space! We got there at about 15:35.
As soon as we arrived, Tyler and Leslie rented a row boat. That was for the small canal in front of the building. While they were in the boat, Hillary and I walked along the sidewalk. There are tile depictions there of every province in Spain. We took photos of the places we have been.
We left the Plaza, walked back to our car, and headed back to Rota. We arrived at the lodge at about 18:30.