The Seville Faire




Deb appears too be distracted and too busy to post updates from Seville to the blog.   So, as a public service I will pass along her last message to me. 

“OMG!  I’m in heaven.  More cool horses in one place than I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s amazing!
Dresses, carriages, horses.  3y/O kids side saddle on horses.  
Wow!!”
It sounds to me like we may be moving to Spain….
-Jim

Going Mobile

FYI – It looks like we will be leaving Seville today.  We may be out of touch for a couple of days.  We will anchor in a cove below the lifting bridge and river lock that we need to clear this evening.  Tomorrow we’ll make the trip down the river with the tide, and then anchor at the bottom of the river for the night.  We hope to make it to Cadiz, Spain Tuesday weather permitting.  A few days there, and then off to Gibralter.

-Jim

Club Nautico De Seville

 

Club Nautico de Seville has been our home here in Spain for the past month as we have toured other areas using Seville as our home base.  This is a fantastic spot that any cruiser visiting Spain should consider.

The club itself is far more than a “Yacht Club” it would be more appropriate to call it a “Water Sports Club” with over 8000 members, of which there are more than 300 athletes in the rowing, canoeing, sailing, basketball, and swimming groups.

Club Náutico’s sports program produced the first Sevillian Olympians in Rome ’60, they were also represented in: Los Angeles ’84, Seoul ’88, Barcelona ’92, Atlanta ’96, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008.

The combination of facilities and proximity to downtown Seville make Club Nautico a “don’t miss destination if you are ever nearby!”.

-Jim

Cathedral de Seville and Christopher Columbus

Today Deb and I toured the Cathedral de Seville.

It is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.

After its completion in the early 16th century, the Seville Cathedral supplanted Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral in the world, a title the Byzantine church had held for nearly a thousand years. The cathedral is also the burial site of Christopher Columbus.

No pictures can do it justice.  It was an amazing place to visit.  Every where you looked there was a significant piece of history that was 400-500 years old!  I am sure that historian’s could spend a couple of weeks touring the Cathedral, to say nothing of Architects and Engineers.

The size and level of detail are increadible by  today’s standards.  I have no idea how this was built in the 1400’s!!

Christopher Columbus’ Tomb
Christopher Columbus

Shut Down Again

The Levante (easterly winds) have set in and the famous Tarifa beaches have no kitesurfers so far today. 
Wind in the thirties, with gusts into the forty plus range will do that. It’s so bad out there that the ferries to Moracco have been canceled for the day.

Looks like we will head back to Seville today. Not to worry, I’ve seen enough to know that I will return in the near future….

Jim Gregory