Up fairly early and head to the Metro to get to the railway station for the next leg. I should say a bit abut the Metro in Madrid, it's very good, clean, new and on time. There's quite a few lines but not too difficult to understand. It's two changes to get to the Railway Station, once there its terminal boredom for a while, get a coffee etc, while we wait for the train - finally the board shows our platform and off we go once more through security. The railway ride is fast and takes just a couple of hours to get into Seville. It's a great ride and you get to see the ley of the land, interesting mountains, plateaus and agricultural plains. Well worth travelling by Train in Spain and it also doesnt cost an arm and a leg.
It's a bit warmer in Seville - we take a taxi as we cant work out if there's a nearby Metro station (There isnt) and we cant work out the bus time table. Seville is a much smaller place and the cab ride costs just 7 Euros. Seville is a stunning city, fantastic architecture and the people are a lot easier going than Madrid. We arrive just before siesta time - so we have a quick walk round the main square and manage to get a beer just before closing time, which was 4 pm.......(the UK used to do this...in happier days). So we do like the locals and have a bit of a kip. We head back out later and do the walks around the city. As usual it's busy and everyone is out taking a stroll. It's a very nice atmosphere. We head to the cheaper part of town called Triannon just over the bridge, we have tapas and enjoy the atmos. We end the night at the International Beer House - a place Jayne and myself found previously - a really nice bar with a massive selection of boozo collapso. The place is rammed but no one wants to know us, everyone is in a tight social circle and doing their own thing. We do another walk and end the evening in the bar downstairs from where we're staying - Hostal El Cairo - a very neat place, everyone takes pride in what they do - the barmen and waiters are all white shirts, shiny black shoes and black aprons - a really cool place - it stays open until 1 am tonight but stays open later on the weekends.
Friday we're up early and walk even more of the city, taking a boat ride down the river before siesta time - it was pretty cold on that boat even though it was about 20 degrees C in the city. It's not the most interesting of boat rides, but you do get an idea of the city. Then off for lunch - I'd spotted a tiny place down by the International Beer Joint and so thought we'd check it out. It's a fantastic little hole in the wall - it sells Mexican nibbles and Mexican Beer - okay it's not Spanish Tapa but it's lovely stuff and cheap as chips - the Mexican Beer is also very nice, we opted for Pacifico - great stuff. then off for Siesta - I said to Grant we'd come back there later after our evening stroll as it seemed to be a good place to hang out. We werent wrong, people started talking to us after Grant had said he was learning Spanish - our new friend Marta introduced us to some of her friends and a great time was had by all. It was a great night.
Up early on Saturday as we now head to Valencia - for the final part of my trip.