March 28, 2024

Day 91: Sevilla (Walkabout)

With it being Maundy Thursday and, therefore, a religious holiday, there were many folk out in their Sunday best visiting their church. Indeed, so many that queues were formed outside. Another consequence is that it was difficult to source some sourdough bread! It turns out that most decent bakeries were closed today and will not reopen until Tuesday! The same goes for some of the good coffee shops. Looks like I chose the wrong time to visit Sevilla! The good news is that I managed to find some day old wholemeal sourdough bread and found a good ice cream shop (a scoop of pistachio and a scoop of "Pedro Ximénes Sherry, cheese and fig", which was very good, was had).


The aftermath of a good coffee and a pistachio croissant:

Las Setas de Sevilla (The Mushrooms of Seville). The structure is made of wood with an archaeological museum, rooftop walkway and viewpoint - non of which did I vist.

Here's a woman dressed in traditional black regalia with black headpiece having her photo taken outside a church. There were many women dressed similarly. My initial reaction when I first encountered a lady dressed in this manner was what a shame she's going to a funeral whilst, all around her, people are enjoying Maundy Thursday (assuming enjoy is what you are supposed to do on Maundy Thursday!):

A picture advertising Semana Santa (Holy Week) Seville 2024, located inside a pharmacy:

When in Sevilla, it is obligatory to visit the cathedral. Being the largest gothic cathedral in the world, my small camera was unable to take in the full grandeur of the structure. So here is a detail:

No doubt you are bored of Sevilla photographs by now. So here's the last for today, which is of the Torre del Ore (Golden Tower). It was constructed in the 13th century and, got its name because of the golden colour it shone on to the water of the adjacent River Guadalquivir (obviously that did not occur today! At least not whilst I was there):

  • Distance driven: 0
  • Distance cycled: 0
  • Weather: Mostly rain in the AM, heavy. In the PM there were many squally showers.