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Sevilla
June 14th, 2010 by Tessa

When we were in Malaga, my Nana and her best friend, Greta, came out to visit us for over a week! We went to the town called Sevilla, where we honestly had the best tour guide yet. Her name was Concepcion and she showed us around the town everyday.

Phoebe and Greta at lunch in Sevilla

Phoebe and Greta at lunch in Sevilla

It is sad to say that the overall vibe of Sevilla is extremely touristy. Even as we walked around to all of the churches and cathedrals or road the big red bus around the city (which is a touristy activity no matter where you go), the city appeared to be one large tourist trap.

Walking around the churches was wonderful though. The main attraction appeared to be the church in the main part of the city, known for being the second largest church in current existence. A giant minaret spiraled up to the top

View outside mineret tower

View outside minaret tower

before opening into a large belfry where you can see over the whole city. It is really an amazing must-see site that should be on anyone’s list when they visit.

Minaret tower from town square

Minaret tower from town square

Church towers in Sevilla

Church towers in Sevilla

But after seeing multiple churches and cathedrals, we decided to pack up on the last day and hit the “big red bus tour”. There were just so many things to see that you lost track of the “Exposition” buildings, churches and famous factories that flew past. It was simply a relief at the end of the day to stumble back into the hotel and watch the flamenco dancers that were performing in the courtyard.

I think that the city would have been utterly delightful, possibly one of my favorites on the whole trip, if every single store front, booth, and sign was not dedicated to the tourism industry. Storefront after storefront had ridiculous flamenco-dancer-aprons and snow globes featuring the famous cathedrals. All the newspaper booths sold big red bus tickets and “I was in Sevilla” buttons, and it’s easier to find a sign pointing to the nearest tourist sight then to find an actual sign with the street’s name.

Phoebe and I watching dancers at our hotel

Phoebe and I watching dancers at our hotel

But Sevilla, none the less, was overall a very pleasant city and I loved sharing it with Nana and Greta! It would be a definite suggestion for anyone going to Spain.


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