Andalucía parte uno: Sevilla

Sevilla Travel Blog

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Waiting for some tapas
First stop of our southern adventures: Sevilla. We arrived early Thursday morning after an overnight train ride to beautiful, sunny, HOT Sevilla. We walked around to markets, shopped, explored and ate during the day. Since it was so hot (about 99 F), we had to take a siesta in order to prepare ourselves for the flamenco show at night.

Anyone who has ever said "If you don't see flamenco when you're in Sevilla, you haven't really seen Sevilla," is right. We found a flamenco club for less than 20 euros per show, which was nothing short of fascinating. Paco, the male flamenco dancer, is probably the most beautiful, passionate man I've ever seen in my life, but you know, that's another story. The female dancer, the singer and the guitar player were also extremely talented and I would definitely recommend for anyone travelling to Sevilla to go see a flamenco show.
wine and cheese at the flamenco show


The next day, we got up and saw the Alcazar (Moorish palace and gardens) and the Cathedral with the Giralda (the ancient bell tower that used to be part of a mosque before it was taken over by the Catholics monarchs and turned into a cathedral) that still stands today. It was quite a hike, but showed awesome views of the city from the top. At night, we went out to try authentic andalusian cuisine, specifically ¨caracoles¨ (snails). That´s right, I ate snails, and they actually weren´t bad. A little slimy and chewy (and you have to have a strong stomach to be able to put the little buggers in your mouth while looking at their antennae poking out of the shell), but not a bad flavor. It´s funny to think that I used to freak out about chicken broth in soup or a sliver of hamburger touching my veggie burger on the grill, and now here I am eating all kinds of seafood, walking past butchers without puking from the stench, and trying snails.
Part of the Alcázar gardens
But I´ve learned that you´ve just got to be open-minded about trying local cuisine when travelling in any part of the world. It´s just a huge part of the experience, for me, at least.

So overall, Sevilla had beautiful and historical architecture, passionate flamenco dancing, and adventurously authentic food. After we got our fill of all that, we headed off to Cadiz for a different taste of Andalucía and part two of las aventuras andaluces...

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Waiting for some tapas
Waiting for some tapas
wine and cheese at the flamenco sh…
wine and cheese at the flamenco s…
Part of the Alcázar gardens
Part of the Alcázar gardens
Sevillas Plaza de España is pret…
Sevilla's Plaza de España is pre…
Stained glass in the Alcázar
Stained glass in the Alcázar
mmmm, caracoles... (snails!)
mmmm, caracoles... (snails!)
Sevilla
photo by: JP-NED