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The Cruise … Seville ‘Siesta’.

Posted by Big John on July 12, 2011

The temperature was 104f on the afternoon that we reached Seville and there was hardly a Spaniard to be seen on the streets apart from this bloke …

… who seemed to have left it to his horse to look out for customers. The poor animal was looking at me as if to say … “Please don’t wake him Señor” !

Only tourists (and few of them) seemed to be moving as I strolled from the Royal Pavillion … 

 … along the riverbank towards the San Telmo Palace  …

… and on to The Alcázar … 

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Just as I was beginning to think that I was in a ghost town, I rounded a corner near The Cathedral …

 … and came upon this group of  happy youngsters performing on the sizzling pavement …

So there was life on those hot streets after all.

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3 Responses to “The Cruise … Seville ‘Siesta’.”

  1. Ginnie said

    This is a part of the world that is completely unknown to me. Thanks for the wonderful pictures and what a surprise to see the little acrobats. I’ll bet there’s an interesting story there.

  2. I was in Seville in the heat of one summer and remember well how during siesta only mad dogs and Englishmen ventured out. I used to go to my favourite cafe for coffee and tapas.

    Later some us toured around the south, travelling by hitch-hiking – not the easiest mode of travel in those days as thumbing a lift seemed virtually unknown to car drivers. Not to lorry drivers, though: on one occasion, a lorry drew up beside me and out looked… a nun. She invited me to climb into a very crowded cab for the next stage of my journey…! I got another lift on the back of a mule.

    In compensation for time lost for siesta, we would go to the cinema at 1 am.

    I haven’t been back for… a very long time, and imagine that Seville today is very different from my memories of it.

  3. Dick Klade said

    Nice tour of an interesting locale. Your photos are excellent.

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