Saturday, November 7
We had a great day visiting Seville’s Real Alcázar. It is a magical place in its own right but it was also the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne for part of Season Five of The Game of Thrones. I am going to post my pictures without too many explanatory comments as I have included two links that have more information about the Game of Thrones settings and they also explain very nicely about the Alcázar.
We climbed to the walkway you can just see in this photo. It is behind the arches in the wall past the pool. We had great views of some of the gardens from here.We spent four and a half hours wandering through the palace and gardens, and we still didn’t see all of the gardens.In the background you can see one of the many bridal couples we saw today who are here taking pictures. Interestingly, there was always just the bride and groom and one or two photographers, there were no bridesmaids or groomsmen. Can you figure out how the goldfish are flying through the sky? I love the intricacy of the carvings and details on the walls and ceilings.
This was a popular spot for a bride and groom to stand and get their photo taken with their reflection in the pool. Bob tried to take a photo of my reflection but there were too many people around.We did find a quiet spot in the garden to sit for a few minutes. Remember, we walked in the Alcázar for 4 1/2 hours!
The sun was low in the sky when we left near five o’clock and I liked the way this fountain was silhouetted against the wall.After we left the Alcázar we followed a walking tour map that Bob had picked up at the tourist office, through many of the old narrow streets of Seville.
We stopped for yummy ice cream and sorbet, walked the streets, watched some crazy amazing break dancers, and finally caught our bus home around eight.