Walking about town, as we do, and we go through Plaza del Salvador (Square of the Saviour). It is a popular plaza for students, tourists and I saw a couple of sketch artists with books and paints.
|Hospital of Our Lady of Peace|
|Under the bell towers|
Textures are various and numerous in Sevilla, sometimes run down, but there are friezes on the buildings, tiles as roofs, tiles on the sides of buildings and under balconies. It does pay the eye to look up!
|Or look down, this is a convent across the street from Pepe's apartment|
Especially here in Sevilla but in other European cities as well. Here, of course, is the Moorish influence with spires and domes.
The move into Pepe’s apartment went quite smoothly, two trips, Rocio came at 4 pm and started to take down pictures etc. Ivan came about 5:30 to help her wrap the furniture, read on.
First day in the apartment and no hot water, heard that before? We try to light the gas heater and fail so had to call Pepe. Pepe comes by, fixes the water heater and it wasn’t due to our lack of knowledge thank goodness and brings by a kettle.
Bruce’s rail project, customs in Madrid, the only customs offices in Spain, are holding the boxes Sylvia took so much time and effort to package. Their threat is to send them back to Canada - please NO! We paid a substantial amount of Canadian dollars to get them shipped, do not have the information required so between “a rock and a hard place”. This information requested is all in Spanish, natch, so Angela spends an hour(s) on the post/customs website filling in all the information we could, saga continues, not done yet, but getting tedious...
It gets to Spanish lunch time and we decide to go to La Chala for lunch. It’s cold for Sevilla but they have outdoor heaters and the sun comes out for a bit, close the place and make plans to go to Jerez the sherry capital of Andalusia even though the four of us aren’t big sherry drinkers. Ryan found a palace to stay in, walking distance to the centre, more on that when we go. Now I’ve seen the pictures, read the reviews, I really want to go and, yes, I’ll try some sherry. Angela explained that it used to be “grandma’s drink” but now is more like wine, well it is wine, but so many different varieties available now. This will be fun I think and a small break from Sevilla to a new and interesting city.
We stopped by our flat to see 1. if the fellows were working, Jan 19 is start day at 08:00 and yes, 2. it is clear they have been working with the amount of broken concrete, dust generated and hole in the ceiling of the kitchen. What a mess! Thanks go to Ivan and Rocio for covering everything in plastic the day before! Thank goodness we didn’t stay there, dangerous for Lexi and us as well.
|Was a red couch and dining chairs, well still is|
|Blurry, sorry, but shows many of the tools and buckets of concrete|
I sometimes wonder if my blogging about everyday life gets boring to you the reader, because that is typically what we are doing now. Not as much touring around to different locales. If it is boring to you, feel free to send me a note to drop off, I will not be offended in the slightest. This blog’s goal has always been to keep family and friends in touch with how and what we are doing in Europe. I don’t know many people having an elevator installed in their home, travel of a limited sort.
|Door to the Vet's|
We made an appointment for getting Lexi’s claws clipped. We’d been there two years ago and the woman recognized us! Wow! She was apologetic she couldn’t remember Lexi’s name, come on, she did well remembering us in the first place. So next week Lexi my dear cat, you are getting your manicure! You won’t like it, but you are getting it. The woman came in and I told her it would take two people. They wrapped Lexi in a blanket and were quick about it, took all of about five minutes. She cried and spat at them. Cost is three Euros, what! I gave them five.
I woke up Sunday morning thinking of churros (Spanish style donuts) and hot chocolate, huh? I’ve never had that and why would I think of it now? Don’t know. Had remembered a place past the Setas (Metropol Parasol) that has a machine you can see them being made. Walked up there but being Sunday it was closed. No churros for me that day anyway and now I think I’ve lost the craving. Question, can you crave something you’ve never had?
There seems to be construction happening everywhere! Major renovation happening next door where they are using a huge concrete mixer read noisy and now, today, a Wednesday they are using saws, hammers and other tools next door at the convent. Fine, but we moved here to escape the noise and dust and are now right back in it, admittedly behind closed doors and windows. Spaniards have short work time available. Nothing happens over the three week long Christmas season, summer is too hot, so almost half the year it isn’t possible to really get anything done, no wonder they are all “going at it” now. No blame here, just an observation and another part of living here.
We had a lovely “good bye, but stay in touch” lunch with Paula and Paul, Ryan and Angela, P & P are off to Morocco early next week for three months. They are lovely people and so very glad we met them! We went to one of our favourites Al Aljiba and enjoyed the good food and service. On Sundays it gets really, really busy but the wait staff and food never seems to suffer, all very professional.
|This carousel was set up on the Alameda for the children at Christmas time.|
All for now, Cheers, Bx2 and Lexi the manicured Cat