Impressions of Sevilla

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These fascinating millstones are a part of the history of Sevilla and remain in the exteriors of houses.

These fascinating millstones are a part of the history of Sevilla and remain in the exteriors of houses.

IMG_2100The tiling is remarkable in Sevilla as in all of Andalusia that I have visted…a sure sign of Moorish influence and sometimes a bit of ancient history. IMG_2101 The entries and the lovely courtyards within the houses are memorable.

I didn’t expect to see this type of ruins in Sevilla.IMG_2089 Roman columns in such an unexpected place? And then there are

Love the red motorcycle!

Love the red motorcycle!

those living in the ancient buildings…evidenced by the red motorcycle in the lower part of the photo.

IMG_6409But riddle me this? Why are holy people often standing on someone’s head? It just doesn’t seem right to me. In church after church and Catedrál after Catedrál we saw statues and paintings of holy figures on top of groups of heads. Does this mean that the people support them or that they are higher than anybody?????

IMG_1997I can recognize “Times Square” anywhere in the world. People gawking with no apparent consciousness of what is going on around them? That’s the one!

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Iberian Ham – can I say it again? It is everywhere: in the shops, in the restaurants, in the tapas

Iberian Ham is everywhere!

Iberian Ham is everywhere!

bars…

One is much more likely to find seafood than IMG_2041fresh vegetables in the markets. (Also true in the restaurants.)

IMG_2002Bulls and Flamenco dancers play a huge part here as they seem to in all of Spain. I spotted the same  flamenco doll in a shop window that I bought for my granddaughters in 1996 when I visited Spain the last time.

Horse drawn carts in Sevilla are like the Trolley in San Francisco.IMG_2048

At least in the old town, IMG_2072people are much more likely to walk than to take the public transportation.

IMG_2105At 4 am when we rattled our bags down the cobbled streets in search of a cab to the airport (which we ended up calling) was the only time we saw the streets empy.

So we are leaving this city that is a mix of winding cobblestone streets, an overriding ambience of history and romance in juxtaposition to modern boulevards and spacious plazas. Goodbye Sevilla!

The Wanderer