1. Oct, 2021

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FRIDAY 01-10-21

We had a lovely cold shower before going to bed last night, though it wasn't as cold as we'd imagined it would be as the heat from the sun had warmed the water in the boiler tank (well something needs to), and so it was a very refreshing experience.

This morning we were up in good time for yet another shower (this one WAS cold), before setting out for the city of Seville. Our plan was to go straight to the Flamenco Museum (Museo del Baile Flamenco) www.flamencotickets.com/museo-del-baile-flamenco-seville to buy tickets for tonight or tomorrow evenings performance. If successful we'd spend the day in town and come back after the show as we have to walk there and it's 4.5km/2.8 miles each way.

So a very short bit about Seville:

 

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It's famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighbourhood. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda.

 

It was nice and cool as we set off at about 09:00. It was a mere 26°C. This really is a lovely city with very ornate architecture. It was nice to be back, though we did need to find the Tourist Information office to get a map as our memories aren't that good.

It was a bit tricky finding the museum as it's in the back streets, but like everything else, once you find the short cuts it's easy. We were really lucky as the office was due to open at 10:00, and just after ten a young lady unlocked the door and went in. The Chef was straight on the door knocker and we were let in by a gentleman who told us that tickets for tonight's 19:00 performance were all sold out, but if we wished we could join a special private performance at 18:00, so we opted for that since we were already in town. That was fifty euro's spent.

Then we had a wander around, often diving in to the lovely tree-covered park for some shade. Lunch was at Burger King, nothing special at all. Although we don't eat that kind of food very often, I do prefer McDonalds, still it filled a gap. By now the temperature had reached 34°C - too hot to try and kill a few hours in, and so we decided to walk all the way back 'home', so that was another 2.8 miles. At least there we could top up our fluid levels and relax. At 16:30 we left to walk another 2.8 miles to the museum as we had been told to arrive at 17:30, and by now the temperature was 35°C. Oh deep joy. Why the hell we didn't ask the folk who run this parking dump if they could call us a taxi I shall n ever know. So that was 2.8 miles in an hour in thirty-five degrees.

We arrived about a minute late and then had to join a short queue to get in, which is just as well as it gave me the chance to have some deep, deep, puffs through my face mask. I think both of us were standing there melting, never mind, we did it.

The show was to be downstairs. There were two rows of seats and we were asked to sit in the front row with the back row reserved for 'the party'.

The hours show kicked off on time with only those of us on the front row wearing face masks, quite extraordinary really. The biggest disappointment was that there was to be no photography during the show out of respect for performers, they said. I did manage to sneak a few short video clips towards the end f the show which wasn't easy as the chief female bouncer was only a stone's throw from me.

We enjoyed the show, it was a little bit different as it featured some historical dances, though it looked pretty much the same as usual to our untrained eye.

After another 2.8 mile walk home we were pleased to put our feet up. Most of the leg work, quite literally has been done today. This evening we have been joined by a number of Spanish motorhomers for their noisy Friday, Saturday weekend.