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Trip Start May 15, 2008
60Trip End Jul 24, 2008
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I walked down by the river before cutting through the park to get to the Plaza de Espaņa, one of the most emblematic and one of my favorite sights of Sevilla. Constructed in the early twentieth century as a military palace, the Plaza de Espaņa is simply awe-inspiring
From Plaza de Espaņa, I walked through the interior of Parque Maria Luisa, which seems much bigger on a map than it is in reality. That's a common theme I've noticed in Sevilla though; distances on maps are almost always misleading and for being a city of almost a million people, the center is very, very compact.
I found the park itself unimpressive, though it was nice enough. The plants here aren't as well taken care of as in other areas of Europe, or even as those in Madrid, simply because of economic problems. As a result, the park in general seemed like not as nice of a place from the inside as it seems when walking by on the other side of the fence that separates it from the surrounding city. The highlight of my walk through the park was definitely the two peacocks that were in the middle in a natural area with a small pond. They were absolutely gorgeous and the first peacocks I think I've ever seen.
Emerging on the other side of the park, I came to the Plaza de America, which is home to the Museum of Dress and Costumes and the Archeological Museum. Both were beautiful, but I didn't feel like entering either; honestly, after Madrid I was pretty much museum-ed out for the time being. I did sit down to take a rest in the Plaza, which is also home to a huge number of doves, the largest group of white birds I've ever seen together at once
I went on a walking tour of the Barrio Santa Cruz on Tuesday, June 3. It was nice to have a guided tour because the streets are so narrow and winding that it is quite easy to get lost. This area was once the Jewish Quarter and was more-or-less closed off from the rest of the city. I didn't catch if they were closed in by the Christians or if they chose isolation as a form of protection. The streets were so narrow that there was often no sunlight on them, which was actually welcome and a cool relief from the hot summer day. Pepper Street is one of the most famous streets there, running along one of the Alcazar's walls. It, like many other streets, had colorful plants hanging from almost every window, giving it a true Mediterranean feel. There were several nice plazas as well as a few former convents. We also got to see the spots where the synagogues used to be located, as well as the home of famous Sevillian seventeenth-century painter Murillo, which is now a museum. Today there are many grand private residences there with beautiful Sevillian-style patios.