Travel Day to Seville – Hotel Casa 1800

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.

The high speed AVE train, which travels up to 187 mph.

The high speed AVE train, which travels up to 187 mph.

You call tell this photo is early in the day since the temperature is showing 27 degrees Celsius (about 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

You call tell this photo is early in the day since the temperature is showing 27 degrees Celsius (about 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Our breakfast, which consisted of "tortilla espanola" (eggs scrambled with potatoes and onions) ham, bread, yogurt and coffee

Our breakfast, which consisted of “tortilla espanola” (eggs scrambled with potatoes and onions) ham, bread, yogurt and coffee

Almost there by train!

Almost there by train!

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!

The hotel is tucked away in the historic section of Seville, surrounded by one-way streets just big enough for small cars to pass.

The hotel is tucked away in the historic section of Seville, surrounded by one-way streets just big enough for small cars to pass.

The sitting area in out hotel room.

The sitting area in out hotel room.

Large bed which is really two beds pushed together and made up as one.

Large bed which is really two beds pushed together and made up as one.

His and Hers toilets, awesome, but a little too close together for me and I can't figure out which is his and which is hers.

His and Hers toilets, awesome, but a little too close together for me and I can’t figure out which is his and which is hers.

The view from the window in our sitting area showing the rooftops of the surrounding historic buildings.

The view from the window in our sitting area showing the rooftops of the surrounding historic buildings.

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