Plaza San Lorenzo
A Perfect Plaza
Plaza San Lorenzo is the quintessential Spanish plaza. Olive trees surround the space, and the churches fill the square with color. In the morning, people in business suits file through the plaza on their way to a bar for cafe con leche and a roll with a tiny bottle of olive oil. In the early evening, children play soccer while their parents enter and exit one of the two churches, and groups of teenagers similarly file into church. As services end, the plaza takes on a festival feel, with people greeting each other, laughing, kissing the children as they pass. The plaza is surrounded by excellent tapas restaurants, and on my way back from one, there was a concert at one of the churches on the plaza, and the music filled the square.
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