I was invited by Brice to visit Andalucia and Madrid in November.
I left the planning and itinerary up to Brice. The flight to Madrid was the most reasonable so Brice met me there.
The first day we took a free walking tour through the city.
The walking tour is something I would really recommend while in Madrid, Spain. The old historical parts of the city are so close together it was a great way to hear the stories and see the sights.
After two days we took the fast train to Seville. They post the speed and I saw it read 299 km/hr at one point.
Seville is the place Brice is calling home right now, and he found me a nice room in a historical house nearby using Airbnb.
We found more walking tours in Seville, one of the historic Jewish quarters, and another more general historical tour. I enjoyed learning about the Gold Tower (Torre del Oro) built in 1212, the bullring, the huge Cathedral (the largest Gothic cathedral in the world,) the old Jewish quarter, and Las Setas (a huge mushroom looking sculpture.)
What would a trip be without tasting the local flavours?
While in Spain I enjoyed tasting the flavours of Spain through their tapas and Sangria in the neighborhood bars. However, one of the best memories will be of the night when I was invited over for supper at the apartment of one of Brice’s friends from England.
The dinner was a big event, with a melting pot of young adults from Canada, US, Germany, Korea and Spain. I was so relieved to be able to talk to people again, because Brice had been doing all the talking and ordering for me.
While in Seville I also had fun watching him take rowing lessons on the Guadalquivir River. Rowing is a popular activity on the canal that feeds the Guadalquivir, and it was fun to see Brice learn a new skill.
Then, my guide was even brave enough to rent a car to navigate the narrow busy roads to tour me around. He brought us to the port city of Cadiz to see the ocean and a most spectacular sunset.
The following day we went to Gibraltar, which was one of my favorite days. I never realized there was a beautiful crystal cave inside The Rock and more roads on the inside than the out.
The canals in The Rock have the ability to evacuate the entire country of 35,000.
We took some great pictures of the monkeys but the locals think of them as pests. We stayed in the nicest hotel in Malaga overlooking the twinkly city lights and the Mediterranean.
Brice’s highlights in Malaga included finding an amazing Moroccan tea house, and seeing some works by some of his favourite street artists (Roa and Shepard Fairey.)
For the last night we went to the most fantastic flamenco performance in an old theater in Cordoba. It was a fantastic way to end my trip with Brice.
I will cherish everything I saw, from the art museums to walking through parks. I had an amazing time in Spain with Brice as my trusty tour guide/driver.
*Many thanks to my mom, Lois Caron, for coming to visit me in Spain for eight days. I had a great time with her here!