However, I only managed a couple of months worth of lessons and then decided not to continue, fool that I am. Instead I started to use handy little apps like Duolingo. So, predictably, I still can't speak fluent Spanish but enough to get by, I reckon. Time to try it out with a tapas odyssey to Seville and Cadiz, in southwest Spain. Delicioso = delicious. Mas, por favor = more please. Easy, what more would I need?
The idea to visit Seville came along when I was writing an article about filming locations for Game of Thrones around Europe. Seville has one, called the Alcazar of Seville, which was the setting of Dorne, tropical-looking home of House Martell. An incredibly impressive palace and gardens dating from somewhere around the 12th century. But obviously even more significant now it's a Game of Thrones location.
Seville was a bit hot for an Englishman, it hit the high 30s while I was there. So it made sense to escape to the cooler coastal town of Cadiz for a few days in the middle of the trip. Hit the beach, amble round the town, eat tapas, check out cool old historical buildings and generally do whatever I felt like doing. Oh, and occasionally apologise to European people for my country and that whole EU referendum thing.
On to the photos then...
|One of the most impressive areas of the Alcazar. It's got a shallow pool running through the middle of the courtyard.|
|An underground cellar in the Alcazar gardens, which stays cool even when it's hot outside. Handy considering it was really bloody hot.|
|Big fountain statue of Neptune in the gardens of the Alcazar.|
|An artist paints the scene in the Alcazar's meticulously kept gardens|
|It's me in the gardens of the Alcazar. And for comparison, below is Jamie Lannister in a similar location.|
|"Come on back to King's Landing with me, where nothing bad ever happens because your mum is definitely not psychotic" (or something like that).|
|Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla aka Seville's bullring. Now, I am definitely not endorsing bullfighting. It is pointless and barbaric. But the bullring is still an impressive building.|
|A panorama of the bullring interior|
|One of the larger town squares in Cadiz at night, with multicoloured fountain in the foreground.|
|Cadiz Cathedral at night|
|Went to see some flamenco in Cadiz. Intimate (sweaty) little venue by the sea, but this guitarist and singer had the crowd enraptured by their moving music.|
|Simple, delicious tapas. So much of this in Spain that I had to crack and take a food photo eventually.|
|View over Cadiz from the top of Cadiz Cathedral|
|Mad looking old tree near the northern tip of Cadiz|
|The faded grandeur of a large wooden door in Cadiz with bunting hanging next to it|
|My incredibly successful (or completely inept) first attempt at sandboarding. Like snowboarding, but on sand. I can't do either. No balance, you see. All limbs.|
|Bolonia beach, a couple of hours south of Cadiz|
|The tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville Cathedral|
|Massive gold alter in Seville Cathedral. They like their shiny gold things, those Catholics|
|View from somewhere up the Giralda, a big tower that's part of Seville Cathedral.|