Day 1, Via la Plata; Seville to Santiponce Spain

Via la Plata, marker #1 outside the Seville Cathedral

Via la Plata, marker #1 outside the Seville Cathedral

Today we started our camino to Santiago de Compostela, following the ancient route called the Via la Plata from Seville to Santiago de Compostela.  We walked about 10k to Sanitponce, just outside Seville, this is not a traditional pilgrim destination on the camino, but we wanted to stop and explore the archeological site of Italica. The short distance also gives our legs and feet a chance to get use to the extra weight of the backpack. The sights from central Seville to Santiponce varied as much as any walk from the typical urban centre to the countryside,

sleeping baby, large mural in Seville

sleeping baby, large mural in Seville

oxen working the field

oxen working the field

carriage ride in the country

carriage ride in the country

we found the route to be well-marked with the yellow arrows.

yellow arrows of the camino to Santiago de Compostela

yellow arrows of the camino to Santiago de Compostela

We arrived at Santiponce mid afternoon, in time to visit Itallica, more about this historic site a little later.

Roman Statue at Italica

Roman Statue at Italica

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Moore visits Seville

Henry Moore visits Seville

   Henry Moore visits Seville 

Henry Moore in Seville

Henry Moore in Seville 

It’s hard to know where to start in describing Seville Spain, but my mind returns to something my father once said….“ you should be thankful that you have been born into a country like Canada” and I am, as it has allowed me the freedom and income to travel to so may beautiful places around the world…yet if there is such a thing as reincarnation, please let me come back as a Spaniard in the city of Seville. The old town is a place of immense beauty so interwoven, that like a poem about a love between a man and a women, the new and the old mingle together such that harmony is the only word to describe it. History (Seville Cathedral), and the modern (exhibition of Henry Moore Sculptures), stand side by side, each accentuation and complementing the beauty of the other, not competing for the stares of the passers by…but leaving them with something to keep and remember as they live out that day.

Can you tell, we are enjoying our time here in Seville!

Bill and Janice

 

 

 

Street Art, Spring Blossoms

The beautiful street art reminds me that, hopefully spring is just around the corner.  While it could be almost another month before we see the trees blooming I am looking forward to the spring bulbs like crocus, tulips and daffodiffs.

Haiku, Flowers of spring

by ~Amagai-Shuusuke
The flowers of spring, Bloom upon the silent hill, Where our love was born.

Bamberg Town Hall

 

The Old Town Hall was built in the 15th century, in the middle of the river.  Between the old town and the new town. Legend has it that the bishop of Bamberg would not grant the citizens any land for the construction, so the citizens built an artifical island by driving stakes into the Regnitz river, and creating a foundation for their town hall.

This town hall was later erected in 1749, there is a coat of arms on the west has the City Knight St. George looking towards the Cathedral, while on the east is teh coat of arms of the Prince Bishop Franz Konrad von Stadion.