A Ride Around a Pretty Nice City: Sevilla

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Sevilla! Spain just keeps on impressing! Over the course of three days there were so many amazing things about Sevilla that made me fall in love with the city. From the massive mushroom rising over old-style architecture to a lovely bike stroll through gardens and past cathedrals, the beauty of the city was proven to be modest yet unmatched. (Warning: Picture heavy)

The first, and most striking, thing I noticed was the Metropol Parasol, the world’s largest wooden structure in the Plaza de la Encarnación. Upon first thought it might seem that this extremely modern, honeycomb structure would be at offs with the traditional architectural styles of Sevilla’s Old Town, but the contrast actually serves to highlight the beauty in the differences between the two. This structure serves a few purposes. It houses an archeological museum below ground with space for outdoor concerts underneath the main parasol. There are also farmer’s markets, a café restaurant, and a wonderful walkway winding along the top of the parasol where you can see all of Sevilla laid out before you. I affectionately call the Metropol Parasol the “mushroom.”

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The main cathedral of Sevilla, Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, is a beautiful piece of history to behold in a quaint plaza in the middle of Sevilla’s Old Town. The cathedral tower is actually the tallest point in the entire city by law. To get to the top, you have to climb quite a while up the ramps to get to the top but when you do the reward is totally worth it. The rest of the cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, is stunning due to its size and architectural intricacies. The Moorish influence is very clear, giving it an exotic air once you looks past the pounds of gold poured on every surface.

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The grave of Christopher Columbus. 

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The tower.

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Looking out over all of Sevilla from the top of the tower!

One sunny afternoon, I took a bike tour with the group to see some of Sevilla’s big sights. We crossed all among the city, past gardens and crossing the river, learning about some of the most interesting places. Some of the highlights were:

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I’m SO ready.

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Naked lady loungin’ with a book.

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El Torre de Oro: the Tower of Gold is an iconic landmark along the Guadalquivir River.

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Parque de María Luisa: there was so much greenery in every part of Sevilla, that’s one of the things that drew me to the city. Maria Luisa Park was one of the biggest green spaces I encountered, laid out for strolling and relaxation to enjoy the wonderful weather of Sevilla.

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Plaza de Espana: At the end of Parque de María Luisa, this large plaza is definitely a memorable spot.

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Another amazing spot we visited in Sevilla was the Alcázar, the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe. Because it’s still in use, we couldn’t see the whole palace but the main parts we explored satisfied a great deal of my curiosity. This place was so reminiscent of the Alhambra back in Granada in terms of the general Moorish style and intricacies. Again two huge themes were consistently showing up – running water and gardens. These are two things you will find in any heavily influenced Moorish living places.

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While it was a sight-seeing heavy weekend, there was also plenty of time to relax and just get a good feel for the city. I really enjoyed it and would not hesitate to return again and spend more time in Sevilla to explore places outside of the Old Town center.

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BEST ICE CREAM EVER.

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