_MG_0898
_MG_1476
THIS IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014!
A day out in Sevilla. Doing all the major tourist attractions with Zeen and my parents. Exploring the Alcazar, and finding all the Game of Thrones spots. Checking out the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world! And of course catching sunset on some giant mushrooms.

Enjoy!

So I’m starting this knowing that within my edited photos…there are 277 of them. So, I’m going through this knowing I’ll probably have to divide in half…WHICH I HATE, but I’ll try to edit down as I go along.

Enjoy!

_MG_0510
_MG_0511
Really. Tired. My parents like to get up at like 4am, so 7am is like majorly sleeping in for them.

_MG_0514
_MG_0515
Rush and struggle to get ready, I promised I’d meet them downstairs in the breakfast area by 7:45.

_MG_0519
_MG_0548
Face on, let’s roll out!

_MG_0523
Hi Zeen! He looks lively.

_MG_0524
Tickling carved Jesus on the door down to the breakfast buffet

_MG_0534
What is a typical Spanish breakfast? I always thought scrambled eggs were an American thing. But I liked this bread! And of course cafe con leche.

_MG_0545
Run up to my room and check on my laundry which was sink washed and hung to dry overnight…traveling “light” is hard.

_MG_0540
We are outside BEFORE SUNRISE. This is how my parents travel.

_MG_0542
The narrow streets are pretty dark.

_MG_0554
But as we walk things get brighter and bluer.

_MG_0557
Gorgeous!

_MG_0558
The morning atmosphere is calming. Nobody is really out yet, but I’m pretty sure this is a totally touristy area to stay.

_MG_0566
Aqueducts coming out of the walls, genius.

_MG_0573
_MG_0571
Some morning moisture

_MG_0576
Dad points out some notable things along the way as we head towards the Alcazar.

_MG_0584
_MG_0582
Sunrise makes all the orange buildings a richer hue

_MG_0590
In the distance, the Sevilla Cathedral!

_MG_0601
_MG_0606
These horses remind me of an episode of House Hunters I watched where the wife wanted to move to a really historic part of a city, and they did horse and carriage rides as a form of transportation there…and she was so pissed and adamant that she live OFF of the routes…except that she really wanted to live in the old city center. Struggles.

_MG_0609
Delivery hour!

_MG_0611
Stone square

_MG_0617
_MG_0619
Forms around a fountain

_MG_0623
_MG_0626
Incredible graphic and colorful details at every turn!

_MG_0628
My mom loved this courtyard, turns out later it’s filled with chairs and tables to eat

_MG_0630
Little souvenir shops are open at this hour already

_MG_0634
Neon

_MG_0640
_MG_0636
Waiting while my dad checks his maps

_MG_0645
_MG_0646
_MG_0658
Mom and Zach so happy that my dad has finally found his way.

_MG_0659
Oh sun, you stop it

_MG_0661
_MG_0662
Sculpture of Don Juan, a famous fictional womanizer. Plus the “take a picture with him” IRL version? Chill.

_MG_0665
_MG_0670
We had reservations at the Alcazar, the royal palace of Sevilla! It was originally a Moorish fort, but is still used today by the royal family.

_MG_0671
Old school phone-style audio guides

_MG_0672
_MG_0675
Was totally packed and I believe we got there around opening hours.

_MG_0678
_MG_0680
_MG_0683
The map inside was totally confusing. Zeen and I stopped listening to the guide in order and just started wandering and stopping when we saw numbers.

_MG_0688
Mish-mash of styles on the front of the palace from the Patio de la Monteria.

_MG_0691
But look at the pattern and detail!

_MG_0692
It’s the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe today! Pretty cool that guests can be wander in and out of the oldest rooms and use the gardens too.

_MG_0714
Getting lost in what I think were residences where a little prince grew up (according to my vague memories from the audio guide). I guess as different families used the palace, different areas were changed for their use. Today it’s a little winding series of rooms around a courtyard.

_MG_0722
_MG_0728
It’s pretty chaotic in the Hall of Ambassadors. Obviously a super richly decorated part of the palace was used to accept visitors and hold meetings. This is mudejar architecture, a result of Muslims and Christian cultures intermingling in this part of Spain for centuries.

_MG_0732
I believe this little chamber was called Room or Chamber of the Dolls. There are tiny engraved dolls heads in this place. If I can remember right, the Sultan used this room as the start of his own private chambers.

_MG_0733
A gorgeous room of only white textural and patterned elements. The skylight makes a gradient effect on the walls as the light hits the floor.

_MG_0737
The downside is it is packed with tourists. And SO loud because some people have guides who are verbally sharing the info, instead of listening to the audio guides.

_MG_0753
Dolls heads!

_MG_0742
_MG_0750
There were a few corners of quiet. When it’s truly empty and quiet, it’s easier to wonder what life was like living there. What the sightlines were. How you can hear when somebody was coming to find you because of the echoing in the halls. The light. It’s nice.

_MG_0757
Brick and stone work

_MG_0764
Soaking in the atmosphere!

_MG_0770
_MG_0774
Rich blues and turquoise

_MG_0785
Making our way

_MG_0781
_MG_0798
Attempting to avoid the shuffle

_MG_0803
Imaging we’re in the 13th century

_MG_0809
Look up!

_MG_0812
Was a bedroom of sorts. I like these huge spaces with no large doors, the privacy element is really that you’d have a whole section of rooms to yourself that lead to a courtyard. Fancy.

_MG_0816
I pick this room!

_MG_0821
Upstairs was a space converted into an altar. Used by the Christian king who ruled after the Moors fell. He loved the architecture of the palace so he kept most as is, but did add some Gothic touches to a few spaces.

_MG_0842
Can you believe this is the same building?

_MG_0840
Nice mustard though.

_MG_0858
Finally found my parents. They didn’t once get lost…

_MG_0869
Bathroom party

_MG_0865
Off to explore the gardens. I read that Game of Thrones filmed in parts of the garden and inside the palace. So I wanted to see as much of the gardens as possible in case I could recognize them in the series! Which town do you think GoT made the Alcazar? I’ll show you screencaps…

_MG_0906

My picture on top, and here’s :17 seconds into the trailer, you can see the gardens and the seashell motifs near the Mercury fountain.


Jamie Lannister walking into the Hall of Ambassadors, I believe. Recognize this from my pictures above?

So I think this is going to be Dorne!! So cool.

_MG_0873
_MG_0878
This garden is gorgeous, it has a giant fountain that shoots into this little pond.

_MG_0883
_MG_0886
_MG_0897
_MG_0899
Me in Dorne, ya know.

_MG_0901
Looking troubled at the wars to come.

_MG_0927
_MG_0940
Where that lady is standing, is where the shot of Dorne’s gardens (first screencap) was taken I believe.

_MG_0974
Too much geeking out, gotta get out of here.

_MG_0998
_MG_1003
Off to a lunch spot near our hotel. I think this place was actually right across from the hotel and always was busy.

_MG_1009
The little cones…to collect moisture.

_MG_1012
Mojito! So delicious and refreshing after exploring the Alcazar aka Dorne.

_MG_1015
TINY baguette

_MG_1021
Gazpacho cheers! This version was much heavier and creamier, I liked it a lot.

_MG_1023
_MG_1024
Giant grilled peppers

_MG_1026
Chorizo salad

_MG_1039
_MG_1035
And a really yummy dessert. I wish I could remember what this was called.

_MG_1047
Here’s a shot of the outside of this place.

_MG_1058
Back up to the room to rest and swap batteries, then back out for our Cathedral tour.

_MG_1065
_MG_1082
It was a hot day, and there was quite a line to get into the Cathedral

_MG_1084
Cathedral is right across from the Alcazar, and is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Only 2 larger churches exist in the world. It’s a Roman Catholic cathedral completed in 1528, after it became a huge economic capitol post-Reconquista era. You can see that basically dudes were like “Let’s show everybody how rich we are now!!!!” It totally shows.

_MG_1090
You enter through a room of artifacts and artworks

_MG_1095
Pass through an outdoor courtyard

_MG_1102
And then follow this little tunnel to the main view. Are you ready..?

_MG_1106
Some light from the stained glass on the tile floor

_MG_1113
_MG_1118
This cathedral has 80 chapels, each in a different design essentially. There are 15 exterior doors. The interior has the longest nave of any Spanish cathedral.

_MG_1139
_MG_1149
_MG_1164
Child enjoying his tour

_MG_1172
Carved pillows

_MG_1174
_MG_1186
Christopher Columbus’ tomb

_MG_1189
Weird to see that. Such a bad guy, but with this GIANT epic tomb. I guess not a bad guy economically to Spain.

_MG_1205
_MG_1215
Details from the Cathedral’s art collection

_MG_1230
_MG_1234
Allegedly one of the THORNS from Christ’s crown. (That hair looking thing sticking up)

_MG_1241
Get the shot

_MG_1256
_MG_1258
Family moments!!

_MG_1260
Sorry dad

_MG_1263
Casual crown

_MG_1273
This altarpiece actually is not very photogenic. Looks kind of gross.

_MG_1276
But it was the life’s work of one guy! Imagine!

_MG_1279
Parents taking it all in

_MG_1285
Wowow

_MG_1304
_MG_1311
A real alligator hung here once, it was a gift to the Cathedral. But then it was replaced with a carved version once it got a little funky.

_MG_1328
_MG_1333
We climbed to the top of La Giralda, the bell tower, formerly the minaret of the mosque this was built over. It’s 343 feet (105 meters), and yeah….was hard to get up there but we made it.

_MG_1334
_MG_1343
_MG_1350
Was fun to walk around and look out from all 4 directions.

_MG_1339
Shadow of the tower

_MG_1359
Ready to head down? *sigh*

_MG_1366
_MG_1367
Snaps from the long walk down

_MG_1377
Outside of the Cathedral again, met up with mom

_MG_1384
_MG_1385
Got some chocolates for my friends watching the dogs

_MG_1393
_MG_1395
_MG_1398
Street scenes!

_MG_1430
Walking to find the mushrooms!

_MG_1435
Walking through this district to me felt a bit more like potentially an authentic neighborhood. No tourists around, and lots of restaurants and people on the streets.

_MG_1437
Faceburger

_MG_1444
_MG_1449
_MG_1452
Are we almost there? Dad’s lost.

_MG_1462
_MG_1461
Sweet girls

_MG_1468
We’re here! Found the mushrooms!

_MG_1476
You can take the elevator up to the top and walk around.

_MG_1488
_MG_1490
_MG_1494
So beautiful!

_MG_1504
_MG_1506
Two sides of the sun

_MG_1507
Reeeeach!

_MG_1508
Cathedral in the distance!

_MG_1517
_MG_1523
Have a beer to watch sunset

_MG_1535
_MG_1537
_MG_1541
Magical!

_MG_1551
Dad loving the spotted elevator

_MG_1558
_MG_1559
BURGER SUSHI. Took some sushi rolls to go.

_MG_1567
_MG_1571
Winding back through the streets to get to the hotel with our sushi

_MG_1574
Some interesting shops!

_MG_1576
_MG_1589
We also picked up a rotisserie chicken looking thing, just wanted a cheaper dinner after being out all day.

_MG_1595-001
_MG_1596
After dinner, my parents stayed in but Zach and I wandered around.

_MG_1603
We walked back through past the Cathedral.

_MG_1609
_MG_1610
_MG_1616
_MG_1618
Found a candy shop…with tennis balls

_MG_1637
_MG_1649
Decided to cross to the other side of the river

_MG_1654
Stumbled across this place where people were just enjoying the atmosphere and sitting outside, having a few beers. We sat down!

_MG_1656
_MG_1659
People were crossing through this intersection, laughing, talking, enjoying the evening.

_MG_1661
_MG_1662
Tired, but soaking it all in!

_MG_1663
Stayed for an hour or so, recapping the day.

_MG_1668
Made our way back!

_MG_1669
Over the bridge

_MG_1671
Some night fishermen

_MG_1674
Gorgeous river at night

_MG_1677
_MG_1682
Past the bullring at night

_MG_1690
But we made it back to the hotel

_MG_1706
Exhausted!

_MG_1705
Showered. Long day.

_MG_1711
_MG_1712
Brushed my teeth while dumping some memory cards.

_MG_1713
_MG_1721
Playing my dumb game and then…lights out around midnight.

Much love friends.

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s