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Seville in Photos

Sunset along the Seville Promenade
Seville is a magical city in Spain. It is know for its flamenco and has great tapas restaurants. I loved walking the small streets and exploring the city but one of my favorite experiences was a walk on the promenade. There is a great walking/running path along the Canal de Alfonso XIII that is definitely worth taking a stroll on + seeing the sunset.


Here Comes The Bride
In a little cafe in Sevilla, Spain, I sat with my mother as numerous brides came strolling down the square to the main cathedral for their big wedding day. This bride captivated me however, with her simple yet elegant headpiece, so I ran down the street to capture the moment.

Procession of Corpus Christi.
Celebrated 60 days after Easter Sunday, Sevilla is apparently one of the few cities left in Spain that follows the tradition of celebrating it on its original day - a Thursday (its a public holiday here today). Floats depicting saints and characters important to Sevilla are carried by members of different "brotherhoods" of the city around the Cathedral . The final float (this one) depicts the Eucharist. The haze around the float was incense. The air was thick with it and the scent of pine (there appeared to be pine needles strewn on the ground).

Graffiti Tour Along Seville's Guadalquivir River
While on a historic river boat cruise along Seville's Guadalquivir river, I couldn't help but focus more on the miles and miles of incredible graffiti art that line the river walkway. While the historic sites include the Torre del Oro, the Maestranza bullring and some of the pavilions of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition, I had to get a closer look at the art. Luckily, Seville has bike rentals throughout the city, and one right beside the Giralda Tower where the cruise departs, so I spent the afternoon on a self-guided bike tour along the river walkway - incredible!

Semana Santa de Sevilla
I dropped by Seville during Semana Santa and witnessed the amazingly visceral parades dedicated to Christ and his life. People dress in hooded garb, bang on drums at all hours, and parade through the streets in their Sunday finest carrying elaborate floats with often-gory effigies of Christ being crucified. The floats catch the sunlight and glitter, emphasizing the beautiful architecture and historical presence of the surrounding historic district. This is definitely something I will go back for--the sounds and sights haunt me still!

Semana Santa de Sevilla
I dropped by Seville during Semana Santa and witnessed the amazingly visceral parades dedicated to Christ and his life. People dress in ominous hooded garb (careful, they try to scare the crap out of you), rhythmically bang on drums at all hours, and parade through the streets in their Sunday finest carrying elaborate floats with often-gory and shocking effigies of Christ being crucified. I snapped this picture as a float passed a glowing old church in the middle of the night. The floats emphasize the beautiful architecture and historical presence of the surrounding historic district, with the reminder of the deeply entrenched Christianity that has survived here for ages. This is definitely something I will go back for--the sounds and sights haunt me still!

Fall in love with Seville
Seville, has an amazingly relaxed culture. It is a city that shuts down for a mid day break and stays up late. It is a place where each meal is shared over lengthy conversations while women fan themselves with a trendy flamenco inspired accessory. It is a large city with a small town attitude.

There is a lot to fall in love with in Seville. It has a rich history with a unique blend of cultural influences. It is a colorful, walkable, friendly, inviting, and enchanting city with unbelievably fresh and delicious food. I was only able to stay for a summer but by the end I had convinced myself that I could stay forever.

tip: leave room in your suitcase for the carefully packaged hand painted ceramics you will be bringing back. (check out the Triana neighborhood for high quality ceramics)

Spanish steppin'
I can not remember the name of this restaurant, but if you find it be sure and do a little dance like I was. It's hard to mess up the steps!

Savoring the Sunset in Sevilla
I was prepared to love the city of Sevilla, for the food to be delicious and the historic sites to be fascinating. But I didn't realize just how beautiful the city is. It's a great walking city, not only is it easy to navigate but the narrow alleys and alternating boulevards have an old world charm that's so welcoming. At sunset the architecture shines. The pinked streaked sky highlights the vibrant yellow and orange painted buildings. For a fantastic view take the elevator up to the top of the Metropol Parasol, find a bench at the bank of the Guadalquivir River, or climb up the Giralda tower. Throw in the fresh scent of crushed bitter oranges and you've got the recipe for a full sensory sunset.

Sevilla - NO8DO (No Me Ha Dejado)
Oh, Sevilla. The romance of Sevilla engages your senses and stirs your emotions.

A Sunset Stroll in Sevilla
After a day of sight seeing in Sevilla, rest your feet and your mind with a relaxing sunset walk along the Guadalquivir River. Take in the colorful buildings along the riverbank and the picturesque Torre del Oro, or Golden Tower. The wide plazas and footpaths near the tower are full of benches, perfect for people watching. Then meander back into the city center for some tapas. Try the excellent Jamón and cheap drinks at Las Teresas in Barrio Santa Cruz.

Feria de Abril
The Fería de Abril in Seville takes place two weeks after Easter. Pretty much every booth in the fair is a bar and/or a club, sponsored by different businesses and organizations. Women of all ages wear beautiful flamenco dresses without irony, and walk around all night in heels. After hours of dancing and imbibing, we got back to our Airbnb place, complete with a churros and chocolate pit stop, past 6am. Exhausted, yet pretty damn happy.