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LIVE24SEVEN // Travel T R AV E L – S E V I L L E Mrs & Mr Jones


Our very own couple, Mrs and Mr Jones, hosts our travel section. They thoroughly investigate destinations ideal for a little trip away revealing vital tips on a glamorous getaway and also provide the inside track to ensure the destination caters for a range of tastes and wallets. From the slickest city hangouts to peaceful boltholes, you won’t waste a moment planning your travels.


This month they visit Seville


Mrs Jones had always fancied visiting Seville and finally managed to talk Mr Jones into a spring mini break. She couldn’t quite put her finger on why she was so keen to go but it was the thought of exotic Seville orange trees, Moorish architecture, flamenco and tapas that seemed to lure her in.


GETTING THERE Mrs and Mr Jones flew from Gatwick with


BA. There are also direct flights with EasyJet and Iberia. While there was not as much menu choice as she’d hoped, Mrs Jones thought the new M&S food, now served on board most BA short haul flights, was an improvement. Mr Jones wasn’t quite so happy about this new way of doing things. It meant he would have to pay for it…


On arrival in Seville, they hailed a taxi for 30 Euros. Their cab journey gave a first glimpse of the old town of Seville, as the driver took a short cut. Mrs Jones held her breath - the narrow roads were only just wider than the car. The bus is a cheaper but less scenic option, costing around 4 Euros per person.


SEVILLE Seville is the capital of the Andalucia


region and is home to many of its most beautiful buildings. This is mostly thanks to the mix of Moorish and Christian influences that dominated the heritage of this area.


Mrs and Mr Jones spent most of their time in the old city, on the east bank of the river. The most important sights of Seville can be found here, in the historic district of Barrio Santa Cruz: The Alcazar, Cathedral and Giralda.


West of Santa Cruz, Barrio El Centro is the main shopping area including the pedestrianized Calle Sierpes. On the other side of the river, Barrio Triana is a lively neighbourhood, once home to the great flamenco dynasties of the city.


Taking a wander through the streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz is a must. This medieval Jewish quarter has an atmosphere all of its own, with winding alleys and colourful buildings. Many of the windows are fitted with iron grilles and potted plants. Mrs Jones enjoyed peeking through open doorways in the back streets, revealing the flower filled courtyards within.


Seville Cathedral is the largest church in the world. It was built on the site of the mosque that stood there before it. The only part of the mosque that remains today is the minaret. This was cleverly converted into a bell tower, called La Giralda.


The cathedral is impressive, not just because of its sheer scale but for the beautiful artworks and carved detail inside. It also contains the Mausoleum of Christopher Columbus (which legend has it, may, or may not, still house his remains).


Mr Jones was keen to climb up the Giralda. Mrs Jones decided she’d stay down below and get a coffee. Rather than having to climb up hundreds of steps to get to the top of the 100m tower, Mr Jones was pleased to find a series of 30 ramps. It was worth the climb for the incredible views over the city, although he jumped out of his skin when the bell struck 12 o’clock.


Just across the way from the cathedral is the Alcazar. Like most of the city’s historic landmarks, this fortified palace has a mix of Moorish and Christian influences. It was from here that many of the early voyages to the New World were planned.


The Patio de las Doncellas can be found at the heart of the palace and was named in tribute to the hundreds of virgins presented to the Moorish kings. At its centre, lies a beautiful pool, surrounded by intricately carved Islamic designs.


Mrs Jones found the Alcazar breathtaking as they explored each of the rooms, decorated with beautiful tiles and Islamic architecture. Outside, the gardens are


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