Our first morning stop was at one of the most famous sites in Seville: the Plaza de España. It was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair as a place to showcase Spain’s industry. There are small sections of the plaza dedicated to each province with a mosaic featuring the goods and culture of each region. The colorful plaza is adorned with so many tiles —on the steps, the walls and the ceramic banisters on the small bridges. Even though the plaza is a wonder to behold on its own, the beauty is in the details.
The Moorish influence and beautiful mosaics can be found in the Old City, too. Colorful tiles decorated small balconies and flower pots throughout. As we walked the streets of Sevilla, every tiny alley could have been used for a postcard. At one point, a local guitarist serenaded us, providing the perfect soundtrack for our first morning in the city. I spent some time getting lost in the winding alleys, stumbling upon squares full of people just enjoying being outside. I had some time to sit and chat with an old man about el amor y la aventura (“love and adventure”) for a good 30 minutes over a café cortado.
For the second stop on our guided sightseeing tour, we went to the Alcazar, the Royal Palace of Seville that originally was constructed as a Moorish fort. The gardens on the property have lush foliage with benches made of painted tiles. But one of the most spectacular sites was the dome in the Hall of Ambassadors.
I fell in love with Seville. Having a laid-back approach to life myself, and being able to take the time to see the surprises in the details, Seville felt like a perfect fit for my personality. Next time I find myself in Spain, it will be my first stop!
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