Beautiful Sevilla

Yesterday was another day of absolutely beautiful weather in Sevilla. No rain, no clouds: just blue sky and sunshine. I was so tired by the time we returned to our hotel last night that I didn’t have the energy to post anything.

We switched hotels yesterday because they were doing some type of construction and it was LOUD. All day. We would return to our hotel for siesta and couldn’t rest because of the noise. We are now in the Palacio Alcázar Hotel only a couple of blocks away from our old hotel (and a couple of blocks closer to Tom and the plaza!). This hotel is beautiful and has a rooftop terrace where both the view and the mojitos are incredible.

We went to the Casa de Pilatos, which was very reminiscent of Italy with its Roman statues. The audio tour that we were given seemed to be made for architecture students, as it gave a lot of information. A few rooms in, I decided to just enjoy the beautiful rooms and gardens and lay the audio aside. While this house was not as well maintained as the Alcázar (of course), the tile work was beautiful.

Last night we were lucky enough to get to see traditional flamenco dance at Los Gallos. It was an amazing 1 hour and 45 minute display with only guitar, singer, and dancer. The intricacies involved in this type of dance are difficult to understand. Is it all preplanned? Or are they improvising all the time? A very beautiful and moving display.

On our return to the hotel, we went up to the terrace to have a drink. We met this wonderful Spanish couple from Valencia who were here on vacation. They told us that next week (Holy Week) is a great time to come to Spain, especially Sevilla. How I wish we could stay for the festivities!

We walked around quite a bit yesterday and also drank quite a few sangrias (and mojitos)… And tapas. Oh, the tapas.

I had a realization yesterday: I have not had vegetables in days. We’ve been eating tapas for lunch and dinner everyday since we got here. Thus, our diets have consisted of cured meats and cheeses. I am determined to have a well balanced meal today!

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  1. I love these posts, especially the pictures. I am reading them backwards, however, and I already commented on your balanced meal. I just watched a program about the pellagra epidemic in the South in the early part of the 20th century, so all I can say is “eat more vegetable!”