Monthly Archives: July 2013

Spanish Holiday: Seville

After months of planning, agonising over hotels, Spanish train websites and navigating Gatwick Airport, we arrived in the first city on our mini tour of Andalusia – Seville. This is where I learned that when English doesn’t work, Italian sometimes does but it’s not very pretty. I am useless with Spanish.

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This guy didn’t mind my poor Spanish skills.

 

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While Seville is in Andalusia, an autonomous community in Spain, and is in a lot of ways, very Spanish, Andalusia has a very obvious Moorish and Arabic influence. The Alcazar was absolutely gorgeous.

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The Giralda is the jewel in the eye of Seville and used to be a minaret on the Moorish city’s mosque.

 

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The inside, however, is very much of the European tradition.

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The Torre del Oro is another manifestation of the city’s Moorish past. It also houses a pretty cool Maritime Museum reflecting the great shipping tradition of Seville and lots of model ships.

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I found the neighbourhood of Macarena the most interesting. indie shops, cool graffiti and a bit less touristy.

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The juxtaposition of the new Parasols in the old quarter of Seville is really cool. There is this new, modern structure next to crumbling buildings and traditional architecture.

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Why I like staying home too.

The last few and the next couple of posts have been and will be about travelling to far away places. I love travelling to far away places, medium away places and I also like to stay at home. Even bearing in mind that I live in London and you can basically travel the world within the M25. However, I think you can see cool stuff just about anywhere (and I have some experience in this from growing up in central Pennsylvania.) Here are some reasons why I like staying at home too.

The trains out my window – including the Orient Express.

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Sunsets, anywhere.

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Hidden beauty.

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New discoveries.

Jubilee Line

The pub.

Day 21

Sitting still.

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