Saturday, June 15, 2019

Sanlúcar de Barrameda

 Today, Laura's Spanish teacher drove us to the beach town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. This little town is situated at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River. This is the same river that flows through Sevilla. About 80 km south and west of Sevilla, Guadalquivir flows into the Atlantic Ocean. After spending so much time here around the river, knowing that it was navigable down to the Atlantic, and knowing the historical significance of the many voyages that have started somewhere on this river, it was a treat to see the Atlantic end of the river. Sanlúcar is an old town. There is, of course, an old castle there:

The town has many lovely plazas and fountains:

The day was bright, but not too hot. There was a nice breeze off of the Atlantic. From left to right, we were me, Eri (student), Beli  (teacher), Laura (student), Ale (Beli's novio):

 Sanlúcar is probably best known for the jumping off point for Magellan's famous circumnavigation of the world. Indeed, on this sign, it is noted that the voyage started on 20 Oct 1519 and ended in 1522, so we are just shy of the 500th anniversary of the start of that famous voyage:

Beli kindly dropped us off a block from our house. After taking out the trash and a few other chores, I noticed that the sunset was lovely, so I went up to the roof and took a picture: