Day trip to Seville

May 14, 2015

SevilleJust the word ‘Seville’ conjures up images of flamenco dancing, opera and oranges; I had wanted to visit the Spanish city forever, so couldn’t wait to explore it on our Spanish adventure last week. I wasn’t disappointed.

Moorish building Seville







Seville is astonishingly beautiful, full of life and colour. It has glorious gardens and parks, plazas and fountains, ornate architecture and a really wonderful vibe.

Maybe it’s all that sunshine (and the light is incredible), but it’s such a chilled city, but also full of passion and culture – as you’d expect from the city that inspired operas including Carmen and of course The Barber of Seville.

flamenco dancer painting











I loved the colours of this painting in a square…

Spanish ham






…and here’s some Spanish ham (jamon) including of course serrano.

We wondered along the cobbled streets…

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede









…and along to the Cathedral, the magnificent Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, which is the largest gothic cathedral in the world; it’s also where you can see a tomb holding some of the remains of Christopher Columbus (this is a bit gory but it’s not all of him, only bits of him, because his remains were buried in lots of different places because of their symbolism)…

The Giralda Seville










…and we gazed up at the splendid Moorish tower, The Giralda.

fig tree roots










We admired the gardens, including the Maria Luisa park (how fabulous are the roots of this fig tree?)…

Jacaranda tree










…these stunning jacaranda trees with their purple blossom were all over the city – they looked fantastic against the clear blue sky…


…we stopped for tapas and enjoyed listening to the music, which seemed to be everywhere – including this rather fabulous flamenco dancer and musicians (the shapes she makes with her body – unreal):

bride and groom Seville












We also watched as this beautiful bride and her groom tried to wrestle with her veil in the breeze – I love the fact that she’s wearing red shoes, aren’t they gorgeous?

doorway Seville











I don’t think anyone left Seville without wanting to go back for longer, as soon as possible. I know I did.

Seville lamppost












Here’s a Seville lamp post 😉



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