Today was our first full day in Seville. We had a lovely breakfast buffet in the hotel and set off to walk all the major sites in one day. The weather was lovely, the high was 75 degrees today. We were a bit early for the 11:00 opening of the cathedral (see the next post) so we hiked over to the east to the Plaza de Espana.
It is a huge semicircle with a large fountain. In the center, canals running around the ring with beautifully tiled blue and white bridges.
We enjoying seeing a flamenco dancer performing as well as a guy making huge bubbles.
After taking a zillion pictures in this very impressive plaza we walked the semishaded Maria Luisa park. Sweet orange blossoms abound as well as atual fruit ladened orange trees. Every corner revealed a new water feature, pond, fountain etc. Most of the ponds had fist size gold fish or legitimate koi/carp. I can see the park providing the city a peaceful and cooler respite in the height of summer heat.
We saw lots of blooming wisteria, bird of paradise, palms, calalilies and several fragrant flowering bushes I am not familiar with. The (loud) green parrots seemed to prefer the palm trees, squawking up a storm as they flew between them.
The park was also lined with beautifully tiled, blue, yellow, white benches which were nice and cool to sit on. After a nice long walk in the park we headed back to visit the Seville cathedral. More on that in the next post.