This morning we left Barcelona and traveled by high speed train to Seville. The trip is a little over five hours. The train was a good choice because it allowed us to see the beautiful countryside. There really aren’t any photos of what we saw since we were traveling at about 300 km/h (187 mph) most of the time. I have a couple of observations. Every town or city, no matter the size, is built around a cathedral. I also used to think that castles were special, but almost every town that we passed had a castle. These castles were left-overs from medieval times. Traveling through Spain, you develop an appreciation for just how old the country is and how many different groups have conquered and/or ruled it.
The train was very nice, more like first-class airline travel than Amtrak. They served us breakfast, which was the closest thing that I have had so far to a “normal breakfast”. The time went by fast and before long we were in the cab on the way to our hotel.
Our hotel is in a great location, about a block away from the Cathedral and Palace, and about a 25 minute walk to where Spencer lives here in Sevilla. The Hotel Casa 1800 was originally built as a house/palace in 1864. Its front door was big enough for a horse and carriage to pass through. Once inside, an individual could access the central courtyard. The building later went through a two-year restoration to become the hotel it is today. I normally don’t get this excited about a hotel, but this one really has gone the extra mile to mix the historical with all the modern conveniences. It looks really historical, but has great high-speed Internet!