Hello from Sevilla Spain

8 Sep

We’re back on the road after 18 months at home in Santa Fe. Boy does it feel good. And we’re so happy to be traveling with you again.

The Plaza de Espana is at the heart of Sevilla, geographically. It is the sight almost everyone visits first. I think this is because it is just so big. Like our Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Spain built the Plaza to celebrate their Ibero-American exposition in 1929. It is ornate and a bit fussy but thorough and conspicuously even-handed in the representation of every province of Spain.

Mosaics ring the elaborately paved plaza. Each province has a tiled alcove with a map and a tableau most usually representing an important historical moment in that province.

Every inch of the building surface; floors, ceilings, columns and balustrades are covered in elaborate ceramic tiles designed to echo zellij, the decorative tile work of the Moors in Spain.

The visual effect of the whole on the viewer is like eating a gigantic piece of wedding cake. It’s delicious about 2/3 of the way through. I think that is why our favorite visual memory of the Plaza de Espana was a little bit Sevilla and a little bit Santa Fe.

10 Responses to “Hello from Sevilla Spain”

  1. Sue:) September 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

    Lovely pics, fun trip, the final with the flautist does not seem to fit in, they seem to get around everywhere? Cheers:)

    • Jill September 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

      Hi Sue, So glad to have you with us on the trip. He was playing jazz too.

  2. Maryl Travis September 8, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Really looking forward to all of your postings since we both loved our one-week vacation in Seville. The photos and descriptions are a wonderful reminder of the time we spent there. From the view of the plaza, it doesn’t look like a lot of tourists. In your posting about the flamenco shoes, I was surprised at how expensive they were. I guess all the embellishments increase the value. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall watching you try on a pair and then doing some fancy footwork.

    How is the weather this time of year? We were there in November and the temps were great.

    • Jill September 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

      It was really warm (90s) the first two days but it has cooled off to mid to low 80s. Wonderful weather. No rain. The heat doesn’t really matter to the Spanish. Life just gets started here at 9 pm (as you know) and the day has cooled by then. People are out on the Guadalquivir river paddleboarding and rowing as we walk across the bridge to Centro. September is a good time to visit.

  3. Dede September 8, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    Wonderful!! So happy that you are there and sharing the adventure. Need to know: did you buy any shoes?? XOX

    • Jill September 8, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      No. I clicked numerous heels on the floor but none were just right. Maybe a bracelet.

  4. Nancy lehrhaupt September 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    So glad to hear about your travels again!! Looks incredible!

    • Jill September 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

      Today went to see the Plaza de Toros. No bulls at home though…

  5. paul mabarrack September 8, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Great to see you back on the road. I almost feel like I should be paying for this!!!

    • Jill September 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

      Glad that you are here…just enjoy. How are you, Jill and Adelaide?

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