Sevilla - Meeting up with Luca and Marianna
Trip Start Oct 10, 2011
15Trip End Nov 11, 2011
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After the chaos of Marrakesh, Seville was a peaceful change. It is a beautiful city, with lots of nice gardens and an interesting combination of both Christian / European and Islamic architecture (which was now quite recognisable after we'd been to Morocco). Nowhere is that more evident than in the Alacazar, which is a combination of a palace and a fortress and has large and culturally diverse gardens attached.
Other highlights included a very interesting cathedral and tower (which used to be the minarette of a mosque) and the Plaza de Espana. Little gems of architecture can be found throughout the rest of the city as well, for example, the 'Plaza Mayor', supposedly the largest wooden structure in the worldTodaiji to us.
For our night of Flamenco, we went to see 'Los Gallos' with the two Italians. They put on a great show depicting great dramas and tragedies (much like Italian opera). Several different dancers, singers and guitarists were featured. Each dancer performed individually before a big finale at the end that combined all of them. If you go to Seville, this is definitely worth doing; we found that Flamenco really has to be seen in person to be appreciated fully!
As usual, we spent plenty of time seeking out interesting things to eat and drink. We mostly didn't go looking for specific restaurants this time; we just grazed on the local tapas, which were appropriately delicious of course. Seville also has some delicious (but very sweet) orange wine to offer.
For breakfast, we found a perfect little place called 'Santa Maria' near our hostel. The things on offer were more or less the normal breakfast fare: toast with tomato, jamon, turkey and other meats, plus freshly squeezed orange juice. They just did them all much better than anywhere else! Mmm... I want more of that addictive orange juice.
Finally, on our last night, we sought out a place that is recommended by the Lonely Planet (often a bad idea). The place was called 'Catalina' and the food turned out to be great! We had all kinds of interesting things, including: croquettes of bull's tail; croquettes of spinach, pine nuts and cheese; crepes with leek, mushrooms and jamon serrano; eggplant with potato and paprika; and a dish called "Prisoner of Love... I am". Yum!