Final day in Seville

Nine nights this visit; my longest trip to this wonderful city was a month.

It is a hot afternoon, and many people have escaped inside for siesta.

This is the entrance to Seville’s enormous Cathedral, taken on the way home from lunch. One of the many reasons it is known is because it is the resting place of the (now controversial) Christopher Columbus. He set out for America from the river here.

The building is currently undergoing a massive two-year restoration.

To Barcelona tomorrow. It is going to feel very different this visit.

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From Spain

Some images from Malaga and Ronda from the past week. We will be in Barcelona soon – not my first trip. Every time I’ve been we’ve stayed steps from where the terror attack happened a couple of days ago. With all the festivals happening at the moment (including the massive feria on here in Malaga) you feel a bit uneasy about being in the crowds.

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On this day: the Battle of Morales

The Battle of Morales, part of the Peninsula War over the Iberian Peninsula, was fought on the 2nd of June, 1813.

Considered a victory for the British and a defeat for the French, the battle took place in the region of Toro, Zamora, Spain.

The Peninsula War was part of the larger Napoleonic Wars, and lasted a few days short of six years.

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On this day: the Battle of Albuera

The Battle of Albuera (16 May 1811) was a battle during the Peninsular War.

The Battle of Albuera, part of the Peninsula War, took place on the 16th of May, 1811. Fought between a combined force of Britain, Spain and Portugal against France, the battle began in the morning, near the small Spanish village of Albuera.

There were horrific losses on both sides, with some seven thousand killed or wounded on each side, but the result of the battle was deemed inconclusive.

In the end, the battle would have little impact on the direction of the war, which would continue for three more years.