Oh, so much to do and so little time - that was the biggest problem we had while in Seville. The city is not that large and it is packed with ancient artifacts, which means we walked (a lot) and around every corner we did that gasping “wow”.
One of my favorite things about these deeply historic European cities is that you may find on a tiny little cobbled street a pair of huge shabby oak doors and then you open them up and you find this dazzling church inside complete with priceless art, beautiful stonework and an indulgent alter.
Life at home can get frenetic and one of the things I love about getting away is it changes your perspective. It gives you a chance to take a breath about those huge issues that are really small issues that are bothering you. Heck, you can’t do anything about it from three thousand miles away. I had not felt this chilled and relaxed in a long time.
The gelato is so delicious. I think I ate my weight in it during my trip. There are gelato stores EVERYWHERE, so it’s just too easy to pick up a scoop several times a day. I gave myself a challenge to try every flavor, I just may have succeeded.
I managed to pick up a cooking class while in Seville. It was so well organized and a wonderful experience. The meeting point was in a local market and the first hour of the class involved searching for the ingredients we would need for the menu.
Then we went back to the cooking classroom and started cooking. We made gazpacho, creamed spinach and chick peas, but my favorite was making paella from scratch. The whole process took about 2 hours (but did not feel that long because they kept us well supplied with sangria). From making the chicken stock from the carcass, to deboning a chicken the right way, to just the right amount of saffron and how you toast and crush it, to the adding of the rice at the end.
Little known facts.
- When you add the rice do not do not stir it.
- You simmer the paella until there is almost no liquid left and there is a crust on the bottom.
- If you order paella at a restaurant and it takes less than 30 minutes to come out, it is not paella!!!
I think one of my favorite times in Seville was at night. The locals all disappeared in the afternoon to miss the heat of the day (sensible people) but at about 8pm everyone appeared, the tapas bars were hopping, children were playing in the plaza, the light began to fade just enough that there is an ethereal glow over everything especially those ancient buildings.
This is the cathedral, which has a mixture of Roman, Arabian and Catholic influences. If you climb the tower (which I have) you will not find any steps, just lots of ramps…in case you want to ride your horse to the top…. which I did not!
We were sad to leave but did so with many happy memories of spending time with Jenny and Elliot and exploring yet another striking and ancient city with a hope that we will return one day.