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Spain, Seville – the Cathedral and the Giralda Tower

One of the top places to visit in Seville is the cathedral and this is for good reason. It is the largest Gothic style cathedral in the world and third overall for size only to the Vatican and St Paul’s. Apparently the mandate was “let’s build the biggest cathedral in the world and everyone will think we are crazy to try”! You get the idea – it is impressive both from the outside and the inside (if you enjoy a dose of OTT) .

I also climbed the Giralda Tower – 37 floors – well probably only half that as they were half floors but I was glad it was an upward slope and not stairs. The view from the top was wonderful although a bit ear shattering when the bells started ringing.

Here are the exteriors including the Tower

A selection of views from the top of the Giralda Tower and also at various mid points where I was stopping to see what it looked like outside – yeah right – I mean stopping to get my breath back!

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The interiors also include art by Murillo as well as a lot of gold and silver.

I liked this room the best – I think it was the Chapter Room just before you get to the exit.

Greece, Crete – a change of pace – the sea, fresh octopus, a cemetery with a view and clear sparkling water.

First two days in Crete have been very laid back after all the places I was visiting in Lisbon. I am staying in Elounda on the East of the island in a hotel with lovely views including Spinalonga – the former leper colony which I will be visiting in the next day or so.

The domed building (which I thought might be where hobbits stay on vacation from NZ) are actually places that used to house water for the villages that came from underground streams. Now they are interesting curiosities. On the right below is Spinalonga and you can see how clear the water is. Also interesting to see the concept of pegging your freshly caught dinner on the washing line!

The little village of Plaka – which only seems to exist because there are boats that take you to Spinalonga is a short walk away. I like the little shrines along the way and especially the cemetery with a view.

I am enjoying my hotel – Domes of Elounda too – as it is set on different levels above the sea so there is a great view wherever you look and an adults only pool. How civilised.

Even better, my mate Emma joins me later today for further adventures in the Greek islands.