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{October 23, 2015}   Day 7…Lisbon…A Car Trip…Sevilla, finally!

So…we didn’t get very far on the train…

We were on the train and neither of us heard the stop,  the announcements were not loud enough or clear enough and…in Portuguese, and…we’re both used to a conductor, or someone announcing the stops. Oh well…we ended up back in Lisbon for the night.

The room?  Well, it was inexpensive…we actually got upgraded because he had just sold the last room.  Our upgrade now could sleep four. Two,  sort of in the tiny four poster bed and two singles. Then there was the metal black out curtain and it went in from there,  but we had a private bathroom and it was clean.

We got up,  packed,  headed to the Avis counter at the airport, got a car and headed to España. Oh…I have missed a standard transmission! It’s a hybrid so when you put it in neutral and take your foot off the clutch, it appears to die and when you put your foot back on the clutch, it starts up again,  odd.

We are on the road,  it is a beautiful drive,  the Portuguese countryside is charming and we get to Sevilla in about 4/4.5 hours, stopping for potty breaks.

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The rest stops in Portugal are really nice. Pastries, wine, cheeses, nice souvenirs,  pleasant.

We get to Sevilla and find our hotel down some narrow streets,  now I know why we don’t really need a car here.  We get settled in to our rim,  two double beds,  shared WC, meaning, it’s not in the room, a noisy A/C, on the top floor. 

When I say top floor,  I’m not kidding, you go to the second floor and then when you can’t find your room number, go up to the roof/terrace and around the corner and there you are! I do like the way they have decorated the walls and the building is built around a center “courtyard”, charming.

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Let’s get a charge on the devices and ourselves for a few minutes,  regroup and headed out into Sevilla. I think it’s time for some grub, bub.

We walked around exploring, taking it in and looking for food.  The first veg friendly place we can’t find so we go onto the first place that is serving,  most places don’t start serving until 830 and it was only 730.

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The place we went was ok,  it could have been what we ordered,  but there is always the next place. We ordered foods and drink and took it all in.

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Sevilla is beautiful,  I understand why so many operas were based here! The place was alive with activity while we were walking,  kids playing,  people walking and talking, enjoying themselves,  even a movie being shot.

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After a few drinks and tapas, we walked in search of me drink and food,  why not!  It’s Friday night in España!

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So many people enjoying the night, so few spots to sit and drink and eat, but we found one! 

The area we found felt like the center of everything, but when we started walking again,  activity and energy in every nook and cranny!

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We decided to take the car back tonight so we wouldn’t have to get up early and do it, hopped in a taxi and headed back to the hotel.  Highway robbery! I know there is an airport pick up charge, but 24.55? The entire trip was only 5 euros, but with the pick up charge,  ridiculous!

We got back near the hotel,  walked around a bit, climbed the tower to our room and talked about tomorrow.

Now we just need to say gracias instead of obrigado!  It’s a challenge!

Buenas noches!



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