La Giralda, Sevilla

La Giralda, Sevilla

Seville Cathedral stands on the site of a great mosque, built by the Almohads in the 12th century. It is the largest cathedral in Europe. Its bell-tower, La Giralda, was in its original incarnation a minaret, on top of which were erected a Christian belfry and Christian symbols. You climb La Giralda not by stairs [...]

Real Alcazar, Sevilla

Real Alcazar, Sevilla

The Real Alcazar, the royal residence built in 1364 by Pedro the First within the Almohad palaces of Spain's former Moorish rulers, is a place of breathtaking beauty, the subtlety, the delicacy, the perfection of its spaces a song for the soul. A long outer wall curves along the boundary of Santa Cruz, the Juderia [...]

Sangria, Limonada, Sevilla

Sangria, Limonada, Sevilla

When you have friends visiting from Germany, as we do - friends my wife hasn't seen for twenty years, friends I have never met - you will understand, perhaps, why my series of posts on our trip to Spain has come to a (temporary) standstill. Throw in the pressures of work and business travel, plus [...]