After 9 long years of a punitive, anti-science, anti-arts, anti-healthcare, anti-immigration and just about anything else you could name we as Canadians rewarded the Liberals for offering a positive message during the election - one of hope and caring! It was wonderful to see the results of a non mud-slinging, positive campaign led by Justin Trudeau bear fruit. There was a lot of scepticism about his leadership but he proved himself by bringing the party back from the brink of oblivion.
Photo taken from the NYT website via Reuters.
Throughout the campaign the Conservatives ran ads that said Trudeau was "just not ready"...well it seems the population was indeed ready for Mr. Trudeau and to dump Mr. Harper - the robot that almost seems human. It is my sincere hope that we can take our place in the world stage again as peacemakers, environmentalists and all around polite and caring individuals.
Congratulations Mr. Trudeau - I'm sure your dad would be proud.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
|View from the end of the "Balcon de Europa"|
|View from our hotel room - the other direction|
We enjoyed a lovely dinner at an Indian restaurant - they were very very accomodating and the next morning a "full English" at the Coach and Horses..complete with veg sausage. Other than that we enjoyed a leisurely stroll around..
|Shopping on one of the side streets|
|Trying to make friends...|
|There was someone playing flamenco guitar here..|
|The enormous cacti...|
Because cars aren't allowed in the old quarter we parked ours in an underground parkade and walked in with our bags...this is our hotel...
Thanks to Happy Cow after wandering around the streets for a bit we enjoyed dinner atVantana
On our way through the neighbourhoods there was a lady handing out flyers for a flamenco show. According to our guru Rick Steves it's much better to go to these small performance spaces than the usual tourist traps with a 2 drink minimum that last for 2 hours. We decided to make a reservation for the next night..
Some photos of more of our wanderings near the river..
|This fellow was handing out, what else in Spain, olive samples...|
How nice there was a lovely park just outside the quarter with these amazing purple flowering trees - I should really find out what they were...by the way it was fairly hot during our time in Seville...
|A lovely tiled bench|
|Ole - Flamenco time|
There was a male and female dancer, a singer and guitarist. The walls of the space were beautiful even and the show was captivating and perfect! It was called Auditorio Alvarez Quintero.
Time to leave lovely Sevilla - also a great place to purchase fans and souvenirs - even miniature flamenco dresses for girls! Now onto Merida - a halfway point on our final destination Madrid. Merida is known for its Roman ruins..some of the finest we've seen. It was a sleepy Sunday..
There were very few tourists around this well preserved site - we practically had it to ourselves. Not many shops were open either with it being a Sunday..we did find a veg place though for a meal..
|Lovely garden at the Roman site|
|A cetnral square in Merida|
Off to wander around Madrid - we had last been here over twenty years ago! So we had to revisit the Prado and Reina Sofia museums and just generally wander around the amazing city that is Madrid! Of course we had to sample some veg food as well and went to the fabulous Yerbabuena!
Adios Espana...we left all too soon....