26.06.2013 32 °C
After a mix up with our train tickets, actually we had the EUrail pass but not our tickets. Our travel agent in Calgary had them sent to the agency office and then never bothered to call us about them. Partially our own fault for thinking we had everything we needed and trusting that the agency would do it job properly.
We bought new tickets and were on our way, we were just glad we went to the station ahead of time incase there was an issue. Aboard the AVE was great, we paid the little extra to travel first class and it was worth the extra money. Since it was an early morning train we got breakfast served to us, it a great way to travel. Once outside the city limits of Barcelona the train picked up speed and pretty soon we were cruising along at 300 km/h, the train is very smooth and comfortable. But if you blink while watching the scenery go by you miss something. During the trip we kept seeing fields of neat planted rows of trees, so we were thinking orchards. But we were wrong, they are olive trees and a few grape vines thrown in for good measure.
Our train stopped in Madrid before heading off to Seville, so we had a little break in the train station and boarded again for the last part of our journey.
We got into Seville and realized we had found the heat 32 degrees, we got to our hotel and went right out for some tapas and beer. After our snack we had a walk around and noticed the city seemed almost deserted. Almost everything was closed and everyone was off the streets, Seville takes a siesta during the heat of the day, from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm its like the city almost shuts down. Very cool but also frustrating at times.
We found ourselves in the Plaza des Armas, where the old train station has been converted into a market place. After our walk around we headed for some dinner and back to our hotel. Which was very nice located close to everything and down a windy narrow one way street. It had a couple nice little open air courtyards located in the centre of the building and lots of beautiful tile work.