Feria de Abril – Sevilla’s Biggest Party

    Feria de Abril – Sevilla’s Biggest Party

    April and May are typically the time of year where every Spanish woman regrets having that extra piece of torrija (a delicious sweet fried bread consumed during Easter) and tries to squeeze herself into something which was neither created for speed nor comfort. I’m talking about the traje de flamenca (the iconic Spanish flamenco dresses) for the annual Feria. We were fortunate enough to experience Feria in Sevilla last year and we are still coming down from the buzz.
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    Molotov Jukebox – Concert Review

    Molotov JukeboxNot only does travelling open your eyes to beautiful and often amazing scenes, it can open your ears to wonderful sounds. My weekend in Sevilla was one of those times.

    I admit, I can often get caught up in mainstream radio and what it regurgitates. Often I will just stick to what I’ve already purchased and have on my iPod and don’t always get to hear new music unless someone mentions it, or I happen to hear a snippet of it in passing and research further. Thankfully, I stumbled across the musical gem Molotov Jukebox whilst I was in Spain. (more…)

    Savouring Sevilla

    Sevilla turned out to be another gem within Andalucía, with too much to see with too little time.

    As we were sitting in our taxi at the lights, we noticed so many people heading in the same direction. I asked the taxi driver (in my best Spanish I could conjure) if there was something on, to which he replied that there was the celebration of Los Reyes, the Spanish tradition where the three kings came to Bethlehem to bestow gifts unto the baby Jesus. No Santa Claus here people! The gifts that we traditionally exchange on the 25th December are held off until the 6th January in Spain, and the night before (being the 5th) is a big celebration. So we happened to arrive as the parade and celebrations were about to be underway. Our poor taxi driver kept encountering road blocks at every turn, and after 10 minutes of driving around frustrated, he crossed his heart and prayed for forgiveness as he drove down the Main Street where the pedestrians were gathering! His prayers worked though, as he got us to our hotel (La Casa de la Luna) without hitting anyone or getting a fine!

    Once we had checked in, we ventured through the crowds to get a taste of Seville and came across this magnificent sight…

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    This Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede) is the largest gothic cathedral and 3rd-largest church in the world. It is certainly a stunning sight at any time of the day. We took some pictures and moved along with the traffic to the main square where we found market stalls. This was my kind of evening. However, not so much for Guy, as he hates markets. So we parted ways for the time being, making plans to catch up for dinner. I happily and easily shopped, practiced speaking Spanish to store vendors and people watched the hours away, unaware that there was a big parade at the other end of the street.

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    Thankfully Guy followed the crowd (whilst avoiding the markets) and managed to capture the parade in all its colourful glory.

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    The next day we set out to do a full day of sightseeing. As fate would have it though, our day turned out to be a little slower paced and relaxing than planned as many of the sights were closed due to the public holiday. It worked out nicely for us though, as it gave us a chance to walk around and explore things we wouldn’t have thought to visit otherwise, such as the Museo del Baile Flamenco and the Museo Taurino (a museum dedicated to bullfighting). The Museum of Flamenco turned out to be quite interesting, displaying the different types of flamenco and interactively showing the different movements involved. The Museum of bullfighting also proved to be interesting (however, more so for Guy). It was a great day of ‘his’ and ‘hers’ of museums. We finished off the day at the beautiful Placa de España. Our timing couldn’t be better, as we managed to catch sunset there before concluding the evening with a flamenco show back at the Museum of Flamenco.

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    The last gem we stumbled on for the night was 100 Montaditos, a nice mini bocadillos (baguettes) chain that did great mini bocadillos and sides really cheap. It just so happened that the night we went there everything on the menu was only 1€ each! We managed to fill ourselves up for under 4€ whilst being entertained by the awful loudspeaker that yelled out each person’s order. “¡Manuel! Manuel, ¡Por favour!” (A saying we still laugh to as there seem to be plenty of Manuels here, who are evidently hard at hearing or forgetting their orders as in every outlet of 100 Montevidos, a ‘Manuel’ or ‘Antonio’ would be yelled out numerous times).

    Whilst we weren’t able to see everything Sevilla had to offer, we certainly enjoyed what we did see and have many memories and experiences to savour.

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