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rafinmd's Port Reviews of Tenerife, Lisbon, Seville (Cadiz)
Celebrity Solstice cruise in April 2012
Member Name: rafinmd
Cruise Date: April 2012
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Destination: Transatlantic
Member Review: rafinmd's Celebrity Solstice Review
Pyramids of Guimar Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
My tour was "Pyramids of Guimar". we visited a group of 6 small step pyramids. They averaged probably 25 feet tall and the sides ranged from perhaps 30 feet to 350 feet. The smallest is above a small cave (there are many natural caves on the volcanic island, many

providing shelter to local farm animals.

I'm not sure if he really discovered them but Thor Hyerdal brought them to popular attention in one of his voyages. He believed they are ancient and were part of temple to the sun gods. An exhibit in the museum details a wide variety of pyramids worldwide which Hyerdal believed was a universal form of human expression. The pyramids all have steps to the top along the West wall which align with the setting sun on the winter solstice. Another vantage point aligns with the sun

setting on the summer solstice and a mountain creates a double sunset where the sun setting on an angle goes behind a mountain and briefly reappears in a "notch" at the base before it finally sets. The local university thinks they date from the 19th century as agricultural structures. Nobody knows, but it seems at least reasonable to me that they are ancient but were adapted later to an agricultural use. We toured the museum with a guide and then had about a half hour to walk

among the pyramids.

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City Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
It was my 3rd visit but on previous trips I had gone to the outer villages. This time I took an audio walking tour of the city itself. The setup and distribution of audio players was slow and disorganized but the tour gave an excellent overview of this historic city.

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Seville (Cadiz)
Legendary Seville Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Cadiz is the large ship gateway to Seville, about 90 minutes away by bus.

The ancient core of Seville is compact and best explored on foot. The 2 primary attractions are the Cathedral, originally built as a mosque and converted to a cathedral in the 13th century, and the Alcazar Palace, an eclectic combination of many architectural styles from Arabian to gothic with a wall dating from Roman times, many mosaic tiles, and ornate plaster moldings. There are also many lovely shops and cafes on the narrow pedestrian friendly streets.

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