Seville - city of music, SpainMonday, September 22, 2014
This weekend just gone I was in Seville, Spain for the bi-yearly Flamenco Festival La Bienal.
La Bienal is the biggest flamenco event worldwide. Held every two years, for a whole month at a time Seville is the must-be city for all flamenco fans. The city was a wonderful host, and hubby and I were truly spoilt by the music, weather, people and sights.
There are three words I would use to describe Seville - warm, dramatic and self-assured...
Friendly people swarmed the streets and tiled squares, with smiling faces raised towards the warm sun, while heat radiated from the cobbled paths. Vibrant coloured buildings, intermixed with golden sandstone. I saw families, friends and couples relaxing in the warmth of the streets and celebrating life in this warm Southern Spanish city.
Never have I visited a city where I have been so overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the architecture! Move over Rome, New York and Tokyo - hello Seville. Not only are the buildings dramatic, but they are grand as well, and most importantly pleasant on the eyes.
Add to this architecture some dramatic flamenco music and dancing, emotional hand gestures, the rumble of excited voices, children running and playing in the beautiful squares (Seville has many) and people everywhere generally having a great time - and you have yourself one overwhelmingly dramatic city.
Sevillanos are proud of who they are, their culture, city, food and wine. They know themselves and what's important - family, children and friends. Self expression was everywhere, and seemed to be embraced by all.
Would I recommend Seville as a destination? Absolutely. I'm already planning my next trip back.