We sadly left Salamanca for our next travel stop, Seville. For some amazing sight-seeing, eating and shopping! Luckily, we loved it as much as Salamanca. Even though it rained most of the time we were there, we managed to find a few things to keep us busy, check out some amazing architecture and eat some fantastic food!
I really wanted to go to Seville. Even though you hear a lot about pick-pockets and things, never once did we feel unsafe. Maybe it was the rain or just the simple fact that we travel with a bit of sense about us. Either way, we wandered around Seville for two days, loving every minute of it!
You know you have reached the southern part of Spain when you start seeing HUGE metal bulls along the road.
The Architecture: I love that sometimes the architecture is classic Spanish, sometimes Moorish and sometimes a mix of both! Thank goodness when the Spanish people ran the Moorish/Islamic people out of Spain they embraced or modified the building rather than destroy them. The best Moorish influence we saw on the architecture was in Seville and Granada. I’m sure there are plenty other little places that are lovely…we’ll have to see those next time.
The Food: By this time we were getting to the point where we had a plate of Boccarones / Fried White anchovy and some divine Iberico Jamon at least once a day. I was pretty sure I was going to gain a few kilos eating the food. It was all so simple, fresh and tasty. And too hard to resist! The Iberico Jamon is from a black-hooved free range pig that feeds on acorns. To be called Iberico it has to be raised and aged (up to 4 years) on the Iberian peninsula. Sometimes the best legs can sell for as much as 3000 Euro! We never ate any that was near that expensive but it was always sublime, so I can only imagine how amazing the expensive stuff would be. Cafe Tomate, where these photos were taken, turned out to be our favourite little spot to eat. The food was fantastic and so inexpensive, plus it was close to all the sight-seeing without being too touristy.
The Shopping: I could hardly resist lusting after all the amazing boots and shoes. The Fashion Mister caught me contemplating the great pair of black ankle boots with the studs. As much as I love the look, I am sure I would ruin them driving. What I did purchase were 3 pair of patterned tights from a shop called Calzedonia. I had been looking at them in every city and finally decided to buy them. Then from Sfera (a reference from my friend at Crocs are Awful), I purchased the light-weight oxblood wrap cardigan with the leather patches and trim and the cute little nude coloured lace-up oxfords. My thinking is that I can wear the cardigan and the shoes now in Australia even if I’ll have to wait to wear the tights. The scarf was actually purchased in Madrid but I put it in with this photo because the colours work (and I have a lot to show you from Madrid).
Seville turned out to be a great travel stop. The eating, shopping and sight-seeing were fantastic!
Tomorrow I’ll share with you photos from the Cathedral, which was why I really wanted to go to Seville.
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- Cowboy boots and fabulous flamenco – Seville, Spain (travelpod.com)
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- Eat my words: Why I flew to Spain with an empty suitcase (thetimes.co.uk)
- Food in Seville and Cadiz, Spain (tayineurope.wordpress.com)