Well goodness me it appears that today is a “palindrome” date. An auspicious date to arrive in Seville, the eponymous domicile of the “Barber.” Got here after a three hour drive from Granada and got settled in at another “Airbnb” place just a fifteen minute walk from the centre of town. Clear blue skies and a warm and balmy C28 with an excited  “frisson” at seeing the elegance of the old town and its architecture. Noticeably much more parochial, with a sense of easy languor. However, there is a bull ring and of course the Flamenco, which imbues an otherwise mundane working week with passion and excitement.

Passion, intensity and elegance consumes the protagonists in the Tango

Passion, intensity and elegance consumes the protagonists in the Flamenco

My god….I wish I could dance. One gets the feeling that all of life is expressed in this dance.

Sad news from the UK….so sorry for the family of Jo Cox…Tragic.

The river that runs through Seville is called the Guadaira (Guadalquivir original Arabic name). It is broad and powerful. Consistent with other Spanish towns, there is a vibrant “Café/Bar culture throughout the town and along the river banks. Though noticeably devoid of a sense of “un-employment” counterintuitively in these times of austerity. The bars and cafés are well attended. However the clothing shops and designer outlets appear to be only sporadically busy. The point being that Spain is supposedly in challenging circumstances economically speaking.
Downtown Seville today, had the opportunity to visit Plaza de España. What a “Tour de Force” this building is! It comprises sweeping vistas, beautiful cupolas, elegant staircases, recreational waterway and whimsical fountain, all set in an idyllic wooded landscape.

Evocative of times past, a carriage ride around the mansion and into the forrest.

Evocative of times past, a carriage ride around the mansion and into the forrest.

My goodness me if the balcony of the “Reichstag” in Berlin evinced a feeling of power & dominion, this place made one feel to be a truly “decadent” romantic in the classical sense.

Sadly the camera does capture the semicircular sweep of the building and waterway some 200 meters long.

Sadly the camera does not capture the semicircular sweep of the building and waterway some 200 meters long.

I think the rest of the week will be dedicated to “mooching” down nooks and crannies that permeate the old historic centre of Seville.

The Guadalquivir river running through Seville.

The Guadalquivir river running through Seville. The tall spire to the left of the dome is Seville Cathedral.

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