Jenny and Elliot are currently living in Seville and because we live vicariously through our children we planned a trip for late September thinking that the temps would be perfect (we were wrong - still insanely hot), and the city would be bright and beautiful (we were right on that one). With over 300 days of sunshine we knew it would be a trip of a lifetime and we were not disappointed.
Seville is in the Andalusia part of Spain and is famous for its food, hospitality and flamenco dancing (more of that in Part 2).
So many old old buildings. I mean 5th Century onwards with a prominent gothic style which we love. Seville also has a large bull fighting arena (which we did not go to) and a great deal of Moorish buildings, which when the Moors abandoned their mosques, the Christians took them over and made them very Catholic and they were very, very beautiful inside and out.
Yes, the place was stunning but the biggest joy was spending time with these two.
Found a random cow that needed a kiss right after we found a Starbucks where I could get a decent cup of Earl Grey tea (deep joy).
Fish markets were everywhere. These were kinda creepy langoustines and all the crab, scallops and shrimp looked amazing but…. sigh…. due to my severe shellfish allergy, I could not touch any of them. And yes, I go everywhere with my EpiPen and my stash of Benadryl.
We went to Cadiz which is thought to be the oldest town in Europe. It has over 150 watch towers and we climbed the tallest one to get this view. I guess they wanted to see their enemies coming in every direction.
The day we were there, there was weird choir festival going on in front of the cathedral. I would not say they were good but they were very colorful.
When we visit our kids it’s such a special time to get to know them better as young adults and these two are as much joined at the hip as they were when Elliot was younger. It is such a special thing to see a child and parent not only respect but like each other.
We made it to the beach and explored some of the outstanding architecture in Seville. More to come in Part II.
Until next time,