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Stop 32 - Seville Part Two

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During our time in Seville we had lots of visitors which was great not only because we got to reunite with family and friends, but also meant we did plenty of sightseeing and didn't get too lazy from our long tapas lunches.


One of the most impressive sights in the city was the old bullring, the Real Maestranza de CaballerĂ­a de Seville. It is pretty big with a capacity of 12,000 and is massively impressive. The ring still hosts a full season of fights every year, but luckily the season was over by the time we were there... Although as a historic attraction the bullring is interesting and bullfighting has played a key part of Andalucian culture throughout history, we found it pretty weird that it's still going on today.


Another of our favourite attractions was going up 'las setas' (mushrooms) or more officially known as The Metropol Parasol. It's a huge wooden structure (the largest in the world) that looks like a big giant mushroom umbrella. The views of the city from the top are beautiful at any time of day; we saw it in the light, sunset and dark!


We also found plenty more time to wonder the streets, find interesting buildings and notice that some of the oranges on the hundreds of orange trees had started to ripen!


When Chlo's family were staying we really wanted them to see some of the beautiful Andalucian countryside as well as the city, so we took a day trip to Olvera, the town at the start of a famous cycle path. This cycle/walking path is just one of a network of paths called Via Verdes which were supposed to be railways connecting rural towns. However due to war and money a lot of the railways didn't ever materialise (including this one) and many years later were instead turned into off road rural paths to be enjoyed by the public. We cycled 21km along the path to a nice cafe/tapas bar, and then 21km back again! There were lots of tunnels and an impressive viaduct along the way, as well as a vulture nesting area which was pretty cool to see!


During our last few days in Seville we took a day trip out to a nearby city called Ronda, which is well known for its spectacular bridge over its spectacular gorge linking the old and new parts of the city together. Ernest Hemingway was also a frequent visitor here! On the way back we stopped at a small town called Setenil which has utilised the rock face as part of its architecture... Some of the streets even had a rock roof giving them a slightly eerie cave like feel!

Posted by Chloemillen92 15:04 Archived in Spain Tagged alcazar seville spain cycling sevilla andalucia olvera ronda day_trip las_setas via_verde metropol_parasol setenil Comments (0)

Stop 25 - Stockholm

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After a cracking night on the ferry we headed to our shared apartment in Stockholm - our base for our next few days.


Stockholm has lots of good museums - the Vasa museum, which contains a huge medieval ship and lots of information about it, was supposed to be one of the best so we went to have a look around. It definitely lived up to expectations and was very interesting even for someone who has a grand total of zero previous medieval ship knowledge! Afterwards we chilled at a nice restaurant/bar on the museum island that had a cute sunsetty view of the water.


The next day we spent at another amazing museum, this time all about Sweden in the old times. We watched some nicely dressed people spinning in circles to folk music (Mike steered us quickly away before the interactive part of the dance session commenced) and learned how to make linen out of flax! We also learned a bit about Scandinavia's native Sami people and saw some reindeers and other cool animals !!


The last two days in Sweden were spent kayaking in the archipelago (of which there is a lack of photos due to our very unwaterproof devices) and cycling the length of a little island dowm to a very beautiful beach. Both were very idyllic and made us feel like wholesome nature children. The next morning was a very early 5am start to board a train to ... Norway!

Posted by Chloemillen92 12:08 Archived in Sweden Tagged stockholm kayaking sweden cycling scandinavia skansen meatballs stockholm_archipelago uto danaro Comments (0)

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