Friday, February 24, 2017

Seville to Lisbon

Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain. It occupies a special place in Spanish culture with fiestas, bull fighting and the flamenco dancers.  
Remember the song lyrics from the musical My Fair Lady The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain?
Well the rain in Spain did NOT stay on the plain for our first day in Seville. In fact the following photo below was taken during a huge downpour.  The Plaza de Espana was my favorite building in Seville. This building was designed for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929. It incorporates elements of a renaissance style infused with a Spanish flair and even with a downpour it was breathtaking!
As the rain subsided and skies began to clear we made our way into the Seville Cathedral, third largest Cathedral in Europe after after St. Paul's cathedral in London and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. This photo below is only a side view of the Cathedral. It was built on the site of a former 12th century Almohad's mosque. 
The chapels along the southern and northern sides of the cathedral hold more riches of sculptures and paintings than you can possibly imagine. It was definitely over the top opulence.
Tomb of Christopher Columbus

To digress a bit...from a teacher standpoint I have found there exists here in Europe a different perception of Columbus than perhaps we have in the United States. His historical contributions are emphasized much more everywhere we went for different presentations.   
We had some time  to explore the city center, plazas and take photos of beautiful buildings after the cathedral visit.  

Motor scooters are a popular mode of transportation.

Our evening treat was at a dinner theater with a flamenco presentation. The building was next door to Seville's famous bull ring. 
The intensity at which these dancers preform (six days a week) and dedication to their craft was quite impressive.  

Trip to a Horse -breeding farm on the way to Lisbon
A jaw dropping view out hotel window in Lisbon
Two Spanish recipes: Spanish Shrimp and Scallop Saute
Basque Chicken

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