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In love with Sevilla PDF
Friday, 20 May 2011 07:00

How far’s Ronda from Seville? I’m calling there on a cruise in May. Can we meet up?

That was a message on my Christmas card from my Welsh cousin Roger. So, after making the arrangements by phone, text and email, off I drove to Seville last Sunday.

Now, me and Seville don’t get on! I’d been there three times previously and the city never did it for me.

The first time was in the 90s in August with two young kids in tow. The heat was unbearable and it was just hassle, from parking to getting around, whilst fighting through the throngs of other tourists. A very disappointing experience.

The second visit was in the early 2000s with the family and my elderly disabled mother. It was Easter and just as hot! All three disabled parking spaces in the city were occupied by cars not displaying a blue badge, so we had to park a long way from the central sights. It was just hassle again.

The third visit was last Spring with my then intended. It was hot again (Seville isn’t called la sartén de España - the frying pan of Spain - for nothing!). We got lost wandering around and ended up walking miles out of our way! We didn't really enjoy it.

So, on Sunday, I wasn’t expecting much the fourth time either, especially as the forecast was for temperatures hitting 40 degrees!

However, I really enjoyed this magnificent city on this occasion. Wandering round with Roger, chatting about old times, taking photos, checking out the odd bar, eating tapas, watching the Real Betis fans celebrating their promotion to La Liga, gained that afternoon, the city was a-buzz with good-natured atmosphere and shimmered brightly in its beauty.

Even the two policías who booked me for parking illegally at the harbour let me off when I asked them nicely!

A great day out, with plenty of photos to remind me what a great city Seville, in fact, is!

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© Paul Whitelock

Tags:  Seville, Sevilla, cruise, heat, temperature, sartén de España, frying pan of Spain, tapas, Real Betis, La Liga, paul whitelock,



0 #3 2011-08-11 06:45
Why, thank you kind sir! Two English phrases spring to mind. 1. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! 2. Eat the elephant bit by bit! So, why not take some time out from your research, say every couple of days, and read a couple of pieces and gradually catch up?
0 #2 2011-08-11 05:00
Greetings, super job, if I wasn't so busy with my research work I would just read your full blog. I truly must give you thanks!
0 #1 2011-05-20 12:06
It´s a city that I too have come to love but I freely admit that you have to take the time to absorb it.

What fascinates me is the ease with which it´s possible to escape the seething mass of foreign tourists. Within just a couple of minutes walk of the cathedral you can stumble into an excellent and atmospheric tapas bar where you´re likely to be the only non-Spanish customer.

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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