I read Ann Street Studio’s blog on Seville. Her photos are always so romantic, but her photos of Seville oozed love. I have been obsessed ever since then and Seville became a must-visit place for me.
I took the train to Seville and arrived in the morning. The sun had already started to get hot despite the fact that it’s still early. First stop was the Metropol Parasol. The structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms (“Las setas” in Spanish), whose design was inspired by the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees in the nearby Plaza de Cristo de Burgos. If you ask me, it looked like giant waffle chips. There are 4 levels to this structure, including the look out point on top and aquarium on the bottom level. I love the juxtaposition of old Seville peeking through this modern building. I was like a maniac running around taking photos everywhere. What else is new?
Then I headed to the Alcazar of Seville. I have to tell you, everywhere you turn in Sevilla is beautiful and charming, so keep your eyes open. The narrow streets lead to beautiful houses with orange trees, fountains, horse chariots with lemon wheels, a guy wearing cherry print pants. You can’t help but to fall in love with Sevilla. Just like Anne Street Studio’s photos, it oozes love around every corner you turn.
I happened to walk by this gorgeous archway with eggshell color wire trims and ended up having lunch there. It is a restaurant called El Pinton and it is decorated to perfection, and their food is delicious. It recently opened so lunch was a bit slow, but I have a feeling it will be super crowded in no time.
Alcazar of Seville is the oldest royal palace in Europe and renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain. Immaculately kept gardens where peacocks take strolls, water fountains, maze-like trees, and Koi ponds. Seriously, these royals knew how to do it up!
After Alcazar, I headed to Plaza de Espana, gulping water. By this time, the sun was blazing. Plaza de Espana was built to showcase Spain’s technology and industry back in 1920’s. It is also a place where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. It’s grand and ornate. But since it was scorching hot, I could only enjoy the water fountain in the front and lying down on the cold tile floor. The place is enormous and for a second I wished for one of those scooters people ride around the mall.
It was too hot to walk around any more. With beautiful memories in my mind, I headed back to the train station to seek cool shelter. Air conditioning never sounded so good! I would LOVE to come back here when it’s cooler.
Seville is worth the repeat.