Even the Mediterranean gets a little precipitation now and again, and our voyage to Sevilla today was accompanied by a bit of a shower. After a spin through the labyrinthine streets of Malaga, we finally made it to the motorway and were once again on the road and headed for adventure.
As public green spaces go, Spain is definitely a fan and there are parks and gardens in every city we’ve seen. The Jardines de Murillo was a pleasant park with shady groves and painted tile benches situated around bubbling fountains. This park also contained several ginormous Ficus elastica – of which the buttress roots gave the cathedral buttresses a run for their money!
Plants here followed the expected Mediterranean palette: Ficus, Lantana, Bougainvillea, Palms, Oleander, Plumbago. The decomposed granite paths were a bit slushy after the rain, but the park appeared well-tended (though not to Longwood standards, if I do say so myself) and was also well-used with many people strolling the paths and sitting on benches enjoying the emerging sun.
After a stroll through the park, we decided to search for the location of our evening festivities – Flamenco! Emma made reservations for us at one of the many Flamenco theatres, called The House of Memories located in the historic Barrio Santa Cruz area not far from the Cathedral. Having collected our tickets we went around the corner to a small square and enjoyed our first real Spanish Tapas! Dishes such as Pollo al curry con guarnicion de arroz, Emanaditos de pollo, and Pincho de pollo con queso y bacon gave us a taste of the area’s authentic cuisine, eaten in the twilight with views of a church built in 1741!
The Flamenco performance was one of the most anticipated cultural events of our visit. It was held in a patio courtyard, enclosed on four sides. Where it was once open to the sky, a canvas covering now provides shelter and diffuses the evening light. The audience surrounded the stage – a square wood platform set in the center of the terracotta tile courtyard – on three sides, with the fourth being the stage backdrop – a curtain of ivy cascading down the wall and trailing over the balconies on the upper floors. The balconies were decorated with windowboxes and pots of geraniums decorated the patio. Behind the performers’ chairs, tall pots of yellow and orange lilies, gerberas, and carnations added their scent and color while some blossoms of each floated in a basin of water on the opposite side of the stage.
To describe the dancing, Shannon said it best: it was like fireworks!
It’s hard to believe our time in Spain is almost over but we have seen some incredible sights! Today we drive to Madrid and will fly home to PA tomorrow. All of us have had an incredible time, and a few of us are already planning our return visits to see more!