Thursday, October 23, 2014


Our group stayed three nights in our Carmona parador, using it as a base for visits to the larger nearby cities of Seville and Cordoba.  We first visited Seville, which is one of Spain's major cities and which, I was reminded, is pronounced "Sa-VEE-ya" (after all these years of hearing about the "Barber of Sa-VILLE").

Our very able guide for Seville took us on a general bus tour of the city, a walking tour of the old city, and a tour of the Alcazar, originally an Arab fortress and now a royal palace.

One of our first stops was at the Spanish pavilion constructed for a 1992 exposition where I took a few photos, focusing on pillars and balusters.

Following, we went on a walk through the old part of the city, and again I got a few semi-random shots of the local color:  Candid portraiture:

The local constabulary.

A street plaque.

Wares for sale.

A street artist--literally.

And a guy waiting in line to enter the Alcazar.

We also learned that Washington Irving, of all people, had a major connection to Spain, living in Seville for many years, writing extensively about the country from a 19th century perspective, and even serving as the American ambassador to Spain in the 1830s.   Here, for what it's worth, is a plaque commemorating Irving's Spanish connection.

I also caught a bit of local the public art.

And a most creative street light.

Finally, I liked the following composition, perhaps because of how I caught the shadows of the window bars that lay across the beveled window sill.


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