Sunday, November 23, 2014

Santa Cruz,The Old Jewish Quarter in Seville






Seville, Spain.
Our group is about to start a tour of the Old Jewish Quarter,
now called Santa Cruz

But first something "special"...
Insight Vacations offer these to their tour groups,
adding "something unexpected" to an outing
In this case it was hot chocolate
and...

Churros.
Like a Spanish doughnut, only much more delicious
For some reason, this cafe/restaurant also offers diners
 the opportunity to but semi-precious stones!

Lydia, our city expert...

This is currently a Church, 
however it used to be a synagogue 

The streets were not originally designed for cars.
That means that driving here can be a challenge,
especially getting around sharp corners.
The quarter was designed in such a way that if the walls that surround it were breached,
the invaders would get lost in the maze of streets.

In front of this famous Flamenco theatre there used to be a Mosque
that became a Synagogue and then a Church...
and that unfortunately burned down!

This is the first time I had noticed that the underside of the balconies were tiled

Part of the wall that surrounded the Quarter

Seville is rich in Opera history,
this balcony is supposedly to be where Bizet got inspiration for Carmen
Or perhaps not...
But it makes for a good story

After her death,Carmen was discovered here,
Plaza Du Toros,
The Seville Bullring.
Bull fighting is no longer as popular as it used to be.
In fact, young Spanish boys now want to be soccer players when they grow up

Tom, one of our group, interacting with a "local"

There are a plethora of restaurants and bars in this area.
Visitors are never at a loss for choice...

Homesick...
This particular product comes from South Africa 
and is currently not grown anywhere else in the world.

The Cathedral of Seville..
Truly spectacular.
It was closed when we arrived due to the funeral of the Duchess of Alba

The bell tower

There was a market of nativity scenes and models on sale.
This extensive collection is of the highest quality
and guaranteed to make a success of any Christmas celebrations.
There were just too many to photograph

There are trams that run up and down this street.

The cathedral dominates the skyline.

As the sun sets, it is time to head off to our hotel 
and DINNER!







My travelling companions.
Justin, the Gnome, Kwand-hare
and the "travelling heart" from my daughter...


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Travel & Things, the broadcast. 22/11/2014

A new feature for November.
The Michael Olivier minute...
Food lover and wine guru, Michael will be chatting about was is new and "hot"...
www.michaelolivier.co.za



I welcome to not one, but two new sponsors to the show!
The Corner Shop and the Argentinean Bakery in Linden
The former offers a range of products and services to help you make your event special.
The latter has the BEST croissants west of Jan Smuts avenue!



Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night

 between 19h00 and 20h00


This was the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that aired between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 29/11/2014
This unsolicited comment came from an International travel writer:
"Your show is really engaging because it is real people talking knowledgeably about places and happenings that matter, with humour and warmth and with no hype".


1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi
So you have no excuse!
Call me in studio on: 011 880 5839
Or you can sms on : 44008 (normal rates apply)


10h00-10h15:
Back in Johannesburg...
Voted the most popular South African city for the second year running.
Did Marie-Lais Emond agree with that?
This is what she had to say.


10h15-10h30:
Travel writer, David Fleminger
chatted about his favourite South African destinations


10h30-10h45:
I met the recently elected chairperson of the MTPA,
(Mauritian Tourism Promotion Authority)
while on a recent trip to the island.
Sydney Pierre spoke with me


10h45-11h00:
Rana Ramdaursingh, Vice Persident of Sales for Air Mauritius,
met with me in Port Louis.
This is what he had to say...




"Travel & Things" was an entrant in this competition.
Not a winner, but one of 24 travel Blogs that entered

         
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From Evora to Seville...





We left Evora in the early morning light.
I was sad to say goodbye to this quaint walled city.

Our luxury coach would get us to Seville in style.
Being high up makes for ease of viewing 
and the business class legroom certainly allowed me to enjoy the trip
without  feeling cramped

The view from my window.
At long last the sun made and appearance.
Something that Insight Vacations has no control over...

This is known as The Ghost River as it flows both above and below the ground

We arrive in Spain.
I had to remember to set my watch back an hour.
There used to be a border post here in Rosal,
however with the advent of the Shengen Visa, this has been removed

I found this small flock in the center of town...

We stopped at a gas station for a washroom break and I found these in the shop.

Back on the coach and everyone is tweeting about what they have just experienced.
Having Wi-Fi on the bus certainly helps social media "addicts"...

These balconies can be found throughout Spain and Portugal

This castle has been uninhabited for more than 600 years.

Cork...
And it is used to make everything from stoppers for wine bottles
to umbrellas, handbags and I even saw a dress made from this versatile material

This is representative of roadside "workers" worldwide...

And they get this sort of treatment from motorists.

This little fellow and his dog were uncertain of the reason for our visit to his village.

We had come to tour this factory.
Why?

To see how they turn these Black pigs

Into world famous ham and sausage!

I found these in the shop on the premises.
Not for sale, but I can well imaging what they were used for.

None of the slaughtering is done on the premises,
and this worker was merely selling product, not killing it.

The end product...DELICIOUS!
The factory might be slightly off the main road, but it is well worth a visit.
Check customs rules for your country before buying 
and trying to "smuggle" it airport security when you get home.






My travelling companions.
Justin, the Gnome, Kwand-hare
and the "travelling heart" from my daughter...


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