After a wonderful stop in Cordova at the centuries old muslim mosque converted to Catherdral we arrived in Seville. Our accomodations were upgraded from hostel to 4 star hotel. It is nice but our friendly hostel in Grananda still is first place for me.
We roamed around the HOT city (109 degrees) when we first arrived and then went in for siesta to wait for the air to get a little cooler. Even at 8 when we went out it was still very hot. We stopped for an early dinner and then walked over to the Seville catherdral square. Lots going on there with outside cafes, helado shops, street vendors and outdoor musicians.
The next morning at 9 we met with a city guide that took us around the neighborhood and guided us throught the catherdral and royal palace. Guide was great and very personable.
The highlight of the day was going to eat dinner at the Texas Lone Star Saloon restaurant. Everyone is starved for some food from home. We took our chances and decided to give it a try. Several kids had ordered hamburgers during the trip only to get a plate of fried looking spam meat. They were brave again and this time were pleased to get burgers that resemble what we typically get in the states. I had a chicken taco that was fairly similar. The service was soooo slow. One brand new cook and 20 different orders. The first group of burgers came out and 1 1/2 hours later my taco came out. Pam took the ones that were finished outside to take "blue hour" photos. That is the time of the day when it is getting dark but when you leave a long exposure on your camera you will get a blue sky...makes for a beautiful photo. Despite the slow service the kids were thrilled with their meal and many bought souvenirs t-shirts of the place.
Today we went on a scenic river boat ride around the city. We are having siesta now and then going to a flamenco show later.
We leave for Cadiz in the morning. We are planning a day on the beach to celebrate the 4th.