Sevilla, Seville, Sevillanos, Sevillanas, unforgettable city in the south of Spain, it is the capital of Andalusia. Anything about Andalusia, I like so much. From the view of the city, the people, the food, the architecture, the history and everything about Sevilla. I have nothing to complain about, except that everytime I want to leave this city, my feet are so heavy. Two reasons why I want to go to Sevilla. The first, because of my favourite painter, Diego Velazquez, he was borned there and the other, Flamenco music. I went there with a friend from Panama. We arrived from Madrid, we took the fast speed train called AVE.
It is really fast like a bullet. It took about 3hours if I can remember. We nearly didn't make it there, we flipped a coin between Sevilla and Cadiz the night before we arrive, my friend want to see Cadiz . We didn't book any hotel prior to our arrival, we dashed into the city and start looking. After we rejected about 3 hotels, we found a very nice hotel called Hotel Venecia, not far from El Corte Ingles a big shopping centre. In front of the Shopping centre is a square and park, they have a small bazaar in the day time and also there is the statue of Velazquez. The hotel are very old but cute and the furniture look like antique. The reason we stayed there because of the owner. He gave us a discount because he thought that I am a student. ;-p, This trip happened in 1999.
Sevilla-Passing by Hotel Venecia, Spain
My Panamanian friend loves to eat, so we go around the city trying the local delicacies, from Tapas, Paella, Gambas Frescas to everything that we can see.
There are always something to try. I always looking forward for the dessert, my choice is always Flan. People says that the food in the south taste better then the north, maybe that is true or maybe because I am just hungry or I love the environment. So to avoid from gaining weight after all the food we ate, we walk mostly everywhere, really, it is easy with a good map and my friend said that I am a good navigator, ahem! My friend spoke spainish, so we have no problem communicating but sometime I saw him struggling. He told me because of the different accent. The public transport there are good but walking is better. We see more things.
Sevilla-Plaza de Espana, Spain
The thing that seperate the new area and the old city are Guadalquivir River. There is a beautiful bridge that connecting them, the bridge name is Triana.
I feel the night life are much better at the old city, reason why? There is where my flamenco Diva performed. Her name is Selma, I think she is one of the best flamenco singer. She performed in the bar but I forgot the name, if I am there, I know the way. When she sings, everyone listened, I got goose bumps each time. My eyes are glued at her. I never failed to watch her performing of all the 3 times I was in Sevilla. Flamenco music and dance, what we saw from TV or commercial performances in our country can never compare with what I saw there. The music are so raw there and the dance are so sensual, can I say that? ;-) Sometime I think the origin are either arabic or indian, someone please tell me. As you aware spanish people eat dinner around 9pm and the disco or bars start to pack around 1am.
Sevilla-Shopping area during Christmas, Spain
We got back to our hotel nearly 6am everyday, lol. Me and my friend love the Sangria there and we did 'bar hopping' too. The night life are so alive, the people know how to have fun and they know how to party.
Sevilla-1st time I met Selma, Spain
Sevilla my lovely city full of places of interest, it is like living with the history. Places that you should go or must see are Plaza de Espana, Cathedral of Seville, Giralda Tower, Alcazar of Seville and Torre del Oro. This trivia for Star Wars fan, Plaza de Espana is used for the movie Attack Of The Clone. Most of the architecture are either from the Moors period or Roman and it is beautiful and still standing strong. Especially the Giralda Tower, you can climb the minaret to see the view of the city. The view are so extraordinary.
I asked a friends in Spain, which city have the most beautiful people, most of them said Murcia but I think Sevilla people are very good looking ;-) All of my trip there, I didn't get the chance to see the Matador.
I only saw the building but I will make a point to go there on my next trip. They told me somewhere in September at Plaza de la Maestranza. It was nearly end of autumn when I was there, the city smell of oranges. Everywhere are orange trees. Along the pavement, in the park, everywhere. The smell are so strong. They even made it into a perfume. I remembered I bought about 4 bottles to bring home. I still have one bottle today, for me to remember the smell and the nostalgia. I can live in Sevilla and I will go back there again anytime to see Selma and smell the oranges, J
Sevilla-Tirana Bridge at night, Spain