My Europe Trip #4 (Seville)

4 07 2011

If there is one word to describe the weather in Seville, it would be ‘hot’. During mid afternoon, the scorching sun can be unforgiving, with temperature hovering at above 35°C. Hence, most locals prefer walking under the shades along narrow lanes as it much cooler than open areas. Despite the hot weather, Seville is a gorgeous city and it is easy to fall in love with its very laid back lifestyle.

1. Built in 1915, the Adriática building is a beautiful example of Seville unique architectural characteristic. Today, Adriática serves as an office while the ground floor houses La Confitería Filella, which is a popular dessert shop.

2. The upper portion of the Adriática building featuring a green striped dome and checkered rooftops.

3. A wide angle shot of the street where the Adriática was built.

4. Churro or otherwise known as Spaninsh donut is popular snack in Spain. It is very similar to our local ‘Yau Char Kwai’ in terms of its texture and taste. What makes Churro different is the inclusion of a glass of hot chocolate for the Churo to be dipped into before eating.

5. Seville bicycle for hire is conveniently found in most tourist areas.

6. The entrance of a church which is lavishly designed with intricate carvings.

7. A musician performing along the Tetuan shopping street.

9. A street artist looking for inspiration for his sketch.

10. Six, a clothing boutique at the Tetuan shopping street.

11. Sliced ham are very popular in Spain. These thinly sliced, salt cured ham are usually served as tapas (appetizers).

12. Seville received many influences from Arabic cultures despite having medieval, renaissance and baroque heritage and this is evident from the various buildings that reside in the city.

13. One of the church along the main street of Seville.

14. A closer look at the church…

15. These roasted nuts coated with caramel were selling for €2 per packet at a local market. Yummylicious!

16. A typical scene at a fruit market. To preserve the freshness of the fruits, customers are not allowed to touch or handpick them.

17. One of the main attraction in Seville is the Seville’s cathedral which was built back in 1401. Although the structure is primarily Gothic, the internal decoration is Arabic.

18. The La Giralda standing at 104.5 m tall is a bell tower located next to the cathedral. It was formerly built as a light house in 1184.

19. A candid shot of a woman walking in front of the Seville cathedral.

20. A horse resting under the shade with a two wheel carriage mounted on its body.

21. In Seville, people work from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then from 5 p.m to about 8 p.m. Most people still follow the tradition of heading home for lunch and enjoying their ‘siesta’ (short nap). Typically, people at Seville have a very laid back culture. The locals stroll along the street at a relax pace enjoying their life to the fullest.

22. An elderly lady looking at the city from the balcony during mid afternoon where most shops are closed for ‘siesta’.

23. Located at Plaza de la Encarnacion, the Metropol Parasol is the largest wooden structure in the world. This impressive design is both unique and also mind boggling at the same time. The wooden panel are aligned in honeycomb shape to form a huge parasol.

24. A typical set up of a local restaurant in Seville with chunks of meat hanging from the ceiling.

25. A street performer rendering some Western country songs with characters from the Simpsons ‘dancing’ along to the tunes whenever he taps his foot. The characters are tied to his feet via a fine steel wire.

26. Some additional shots around the city of Seville.

27. Plaza de España is the best showcase of Spain’s Renaissance architectural style featuring huge boulevard, beautiful canals, fountain, bridges and gardens. Located at Maria Luisa Park, the entire Plaza was built in a huge semi-circle shape.

28. It is interesting to note that the Plaza de España was used by George Lucas for the filming of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

29. A shot of the huge boulevard from the main building.

30. Plaza de España was built by Spanish architect Aníbal Gonzalez in 1914. Brick was chosen as the main material, in combination with tiles and marble columns.

31. A shot of the tower taken from Maria Luisa Park.

32. The ceiling of Plaza de España with honeycomb shaped tiles.

33. A woman in red was seen walking past a huge arch in the Plaza.

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