“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Exploring Seville

The moment I began researching Seville, I was sure I’d love it.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From our base in the tiny Hotel Alminar, Jeanie and I immersed ourselves in the sights and sounds and scents of Seville. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We saw a few of the hundred and fifteen churches (always a passion of mine) from the spectacular Cathedral of St. Mary to Iglesia de San Lorenzo and others.  

The Cathedral is the largest basilica in the world and it was all gold!  San Lorenzo’s bell tower is the original minaret from a mosque that once stood on the site.  As we walked the city streets (and we walked a lot!) wherever we turned there were magnificent displays of Moorish/Arabian and Gothic architecture. 

 

 

 

I was especially enchanted by the many spires and towers, soaring to the blue skies above. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seville is a very old city with narrow winding streets and a new surprise around every corner.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the street you’re walking opens onto a plaza, each with its church and its fountain.  In many of the plazas, we encountered street performers, adding their voices and music and the click of their castanets to the noise of the bustling crowds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanie and I always find lots to look at in the local markets and Seville was no exception.  There are markets in every neighborhood where local people make their daily purchases of food and other necessities and catch up on all the local gossip. 

We only got to explore one market in detail, the Triana market, a feast for the eyes and the nose. 

 

There were piles of produce so brightly red and yellow and green and orange that I wanted to reach out and grab it but I didn’t because the vendors have to select it for you. 

I saw meats and seafoods displayed in Triana like I had never seen before.  The fish were amazing, huge and so fresh!  There were clams as big as my hand oozing from their shells while we watched. 

Oh!  And the hams dangling over the cases filled with delectable cheeses and smoky sausages. 

Then there were breads and desserts to make my mouth water.  

Of course, all these beautiful foods wafted their wonderful scents and odors throughout the marketplace, which blended with the unique aroma that filled every corner of the town.

 

We loved our time wandering the many streets and byways of this fascinating city. We even found the Barber of Seville!

 

 

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