City of Flamenco

 

My colleague and my aunt said Seville is a how you would imagine typical Spanish city, meaning, how we foreigners consider typical Spanish city to be. And hell, it’s true!

We came with train from Madrid, my favourite city in the world. The ride was comfy, lasted about 2,5 hours, but the train came rather late so we just dropped to bed as soon as we got to our accommodation.

When we came to Seville, my hair was perfectly straightened, but the next day it looked like a fire crack was in it – bad hair day – every day. Humidity is 100%, so we had to go out catch some sun, maybe it would fix my hair-do ;). First we headed to walls surrounding the city centre, a marvelous sight!

There are palm trees and wild orange trees next to it (on the inside).

The City Walls

The City Walls

 

We managed to resist entering the  pastry shop on our way, fighting with all means necessary;) so we only had a morning coffee (at noon;) ) and carried on.

Now, we’re approaching picturesque little square, surrounded with pink and yellow houses, and a little church in same “pattern”. This was my favourite square in Seville, little, colorful, with little kids running around, playing, chasing pigeons, and the older ones (like us) sitting on the bench. We’re looking at the few people at a nearby café, looking like they’re arguing, but, no, it’s just the heartily way they talk. Discussing something. A minute of yelling and a minute of laughter, changing all the time. It’s time to move on…OH LOOK, EL CORTE INGLES! Ooooo, our favourite sight! 😉

15 minutes later, we were so exhausted, like we just got back from some challenging hike. Man (a woman too ;)))) )gets very tired searching for clothes 😉

A little square

Jardines de Murillo

 

The plan is to have a lunch at Feria street and on our way see main square too. By the time we got to the square we were starving, with our concentration down to zero. What square? What church? Oh, it’s the cathedral! Who cares if it’s a cathedral or not, it’s just like any other, and I’m hungry!

It took us 1,15 hrs to get to the restaurant, yet it was “just one finger away from the square” ;).

Finally. Well-fed and satisfied.

Ok, let’s go to Plaza de España.

There was a woman dressed in traditional flamenco dress, dancing in front of the square. You could see on her face she was very tired, but still dancing, full with passion!

The square is really impressing! It consists of two concentric circles, connected with bridges. There’s a fountain in the inner circle, and benches with entities of every Spanish province in the outer circle. To illustrate the size of the square, I’ll say this: there are boats sailing between two circles 😉

Flamenco dancer at Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

 

I was just started getting excited by the fact that we’re going to sit for a while in a nearby park, when Toni decided to take some more photos…aaaaaaaaghh

…look, there’s a bench, finally! We were in park with archeological and ethnographical museum when we saw this cute kid crying by the man selling helium balloons. He wants one too! And then, the most beautiful thing happened – the salesman gave him one! For free. The look on kid’s face – priceless! Like Toni when he finally takes ice-cream. Which reminded me on our lunch scene, heheh, we ordered a dessert, I ordered rice pudding, and Toni ordered apple (pudding). At least that’s what he thought. Hahahahaha, but he got exactly what he ordered – an apple! Served on a plate, with fork and knife, hahahahahah, to eat like a true gentleman!

We’re back at the Avenida de la Constitucion. The cathedral is imposing, huge, even doesn’t fit the screen;)

El Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares

Cathedral

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Cathedral

 

There are lots of small squares around the cathedral, it’s very lively and lovely. It’s a city with joyful vibe. People are everywhere, but minding their own business, they’re not pushy. It’s like a little ant maze. There was one kid who „ran into“ Toni’s shoe. We were surprised to see that kid’s parents weren’t close by, but some 20m ahead, not panicking like most parents do. That’s was one of the things I liked the most – parents – they don’t „walk they kids on the leash“, they don’t panic when the kid falls, so what, it will get up. And that’s how it should be. Kids playing in the street by themselves. There aren’t as much as attractions like in, let’s say, Barcelona. Plaza de Espana is splendid, as well and the cathedral, but what had me wasn’t this, but people’s fearless and easygoing attitude. Joyful spirit and that smell of oranges everywhere really make this city appealing to live in. It is small enough to feel safe and big enough to be interesting.

Avenida de la Constitucion

One of the many little squares

Guadalquivir River

 

 

 

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