I had all intentions of going to mass this morning. Well, I did, in fact, GO to mass... only the church was locked and nobody about. Hmmmm... Easter Sunday, isn't it? I wandered over to another church (around this neighborhood you only have to walk a couple of blocks to find another church)... locked up tighter than a drum. But the sign on the door says that mass is at 10:00. Great... its 9:45. I can go to this church.
A few other people show up... 9:50.... 9:55... 10:00... door's still locked. 10:10... one of the women who is waiting walks down the nearby alley... comes back and says church will be at 1:30.
We all head back to wherever we go... Now... Daylight Savings Time DID start at 2am this morning, maybe that was the problem. And... I did hear folks walking home at 2am... and again at 4am this morning... last night of festivities you know. Maybe THAT was the problem. I don't know... only know that I never did figure out the schedule nor did I make it to mass today.
This is how deserted the street was at 10:00 this morning...
Or was it 9am?
This is a typical shop window during Holy Week...
Shows you a picture of the Virgin Mary, with some candles and fresh flowers... along with some very expensive clothing you could wear on these dressy days.
I went back home... still had 4 hours until lunch, so Bill & I headed out for a walk.
This beautiful promenade along one of the main streets is bursting with wisteria in bloom.
We walked back up to Parque Maria Luisa... our time in Sevilla is quickly coming to an end and I can never get enough of the beautiful old pavilions, the landscaping, the fountains and... just everything!
I don't know which one, but this is one of the pavlions "left over" from the 1929 World's Fair.
Isn't there some saying about living in glass houses? I can only say that I sure wouldn't want to have to wash the windows in this house!
Another entrance to the park...
You can see how big this monument is by looking at the people on the sidewalk at the left.
And another walk to the Parque means another stroll through the Plaza de Espana
By now it was starting to drizzle... not a whole lot of people around.
This canal surrounds the center plaza.... you can rent a boat and take your sweetie for a romantic ride.
The tile doesn't show up very well here, but it is a fantastic work of art... no matter which direction you look.
And one last view...
We're up on a balcony, looking over a 2nd story promenade. It's interesting that the walkway is undulating... I have no idea if this was built like this on purpose or if it "sunk" in places over the years.
And, of course... another view of the labyrinth gardens of hedge, statues and fountains.
The redbud trees are still in bloom in the park. These splashes of color brighten up even a rainy day.
Oh yes... I had to take a few photos of the swans..
They are so graceful... it is a pleasure just looking at them.
Heading home we saw crowds of people in the street outside the bullring.
Today is the opening of the bull fight season in Spain.
This poster has been all over town for about a month now.
It tells about the famous Toreador who will be the main attraction this season. On the right of this poster are listed the prices of the tickets available. Depending on whether you're on the sunny side or in the shade; in a box seat or a bleacher-type seat, or whether you're close up or in the nose-bleed section... all different prices. None cheap!
Those people in the photo above are at the entrance to the section where they have bought tickets to watch the event.
Immediately across the street from the main entrance....
A group of Animal Rights protesters have set up a rally.
Bullfights were actually illegal in Spain... but that was back in 1567 and after 30 years of protests, it became a national event again and has remained so ever since.
Another view of the protesters...
I find this perspective somewhat interesting... the bull ring in the background, the protesters in the middle, and a famous toreador, being honored forever in bronze in the background.
The drizzle changed to real rain... and we headed home.
The same street as I started this blog... the street we travel several times each day. Not even close to be full of people like it has been all week.
Semana Santa is over...
Monday is just another week... another day to go back to work, or school, or whatever a person does.
For me and Bill it will mean packing our luggage and trying to sort out weight allowances for the airline restrictions.
Monday will be our last day here in Sevilla. We fly back to DFW in Texas on Tuesday. After 2 months it seems like home. We've been fortunate in that we were placed with a fantastic host family. We've met a lot of great folks and seen a lot of wonderful sights. And... we even learned a little Spanish!
That's All For Today!