Sevilla is Great!!
Been here a few days. It was hot in the high 80's to 90's but cooled off with heavy rain today. Sevilla is gorgeous. More compact than Barcelona yet with many, many more beautiful monuments, churches, and other things to see than Granada. We are staying in the ancient Santa Cruz barrio which is a maze that makes Granada's Albicin look like child's play. Never leave home without a map. After 3 days of wandering, we are starting to learn the major routes and a reliable route to the main areas. The Moorish hand in influencing the architecture is obvious and delightful. The narrow streets help provide shade and cool, and funneling the breezes, when it is hot. One thing that is striking is the inner courtyards of the Sevilla's homes. They are always very cool and inviting places of peaceful refuge for those who live there always with water and lots of plants. Very smart for a hot climate, and allowing light and air into the inner courtyard rooms. The Seville cathedral is amazing and the view from La Giralda tower (the former mosque's minaret) is one of the best we've seen. This is the largest church in Spain and the 3rd largest in the world (exceeded only by the Vatican and St.John's in London.) .The Real Alcazar Moorish palace is a gem but not quite as expansively ornate as Granada's Alhambra.
Last night we went to the flamenco bar down Calle Levies just 330' from our apartment's front door. It is free entry but drinks are 5 Euro. Since it is free it does not book the best acts but more local and lesser talent on their way up. But it is close and free. You need to get in before 10PM to get good seating but the performances do not start until after 11PM. Unfortunately the expat student community has discovered it as a cheap hangout to meet other traveling students and young vacationers and they seemed more interested in talking and drinking to drunkeness than respecting the performers. The performers actually stopped several times to “shoosh” the increasingly unruly crowd in the gallery and at the bar, and even asked them to leave which got jeers. The guitar work alone was amazing (guitarist, male singer/clapper, dancer). We are unaccustomed to the atonal Arabic-like song of the male singer. The flamenco dancer last night was unnerved by the crowd. Since it is so close and convenient we can take this venue in frequently if it provides respect for the performers. We may try one of the larger for-pay spectacle shows ($25-40pp) just to see how it compares, as well as for weeding out the Landsharks. For early June there are a lot of tourists out. Mostly older and younger, not many families yet.
Pinyo is parked outside but occupying the whole space now where there was also formerly a Smart in front. Compare the sizes of the Smart and Super. The Smart almost looks bigger and bulkier but still performs like a Smart and holds nothing but two people. Smart?? Perhaps the Giulia Super is smarter?? There was a modern Giulia convertible parked nearby and I snapped a shot. The front just does not impress. To me, it looks like a small underground tunneling creature (a Volle or Shrew ) with those small eyes peering out.
This sure “ain't” Spicewood. Hope you voyeurs are enjoying the trip. We've got a few side trips planned that may involve driving or trains: Cadiz, the whitewashed villages tour and Cordoba. Will check in in a few.
; Ph.A., B.S.A., U. of NOTASME
- Spider Veloce
, '69 US1750/4.56 LSD (pictures
) - since '75 for that early mid-life crisis!
- '72 Super, 2L/4.30LSD (pictures
) - for that late mid-life crisis!!
- Gina Lolo Bianca
- '65 early Series 1 Super, white/lt.blue-gray, stock 1600/4.56 (pics)(more pics) (Blog)
- for the heck of it now!!!
- Mr Meconium
- '73 Giulia Super 1.6, Giallo Piper/black, very stock (pics
) - for another Euro trip?
- El Blanco -
'75 Super, ex-Nuova to earlier Super style, 2L/4.30LSD, white/gray-black - pics
- Colonel Mustard
- '67 Giulia Sprint GTV, Giallo Ocra/black, very stock, 1600 (pics
) - LINK
- '70 1300 TI
, 2L/4.10LSD, white/black - for a short while only . . .
- '76 ex-Nuova to 1600 Super (pics
) - for the 2011 Euro trip
- '69 1750 Berlina
(wish I still had)
Pinyo's 2010, 10 wk, 8000 mi "Super" Euro-Trip Blog
Benjamin's 2011, 7 week, 3500 mile "Super2" Euro-Trip Blog
Gina Lolo's 2011 Alfa Convention, 3350 mile Roadtrip blog
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