"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness" ~ Mark Twain

Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter in Seville

We arrived in Seville on Good Friday and as luck would have it the threatening rain clouds started to part and by Sunday it was warm and sunny. We spent a nice long weekend taking in the sights including the Plaza de Toros and the breathtaking Cathedral with it's Giralda Tower. After the Easter Sunday Mass we took a stroll along the Guadalquivir River where we had the standard Spanish 2 hour lunch.

Seville is picturesque and exactly what you envision Spain to be. From the flamenco music, to the bullfights, to horse drawn carriages, to the delicious food and wine. We found the people in Southern Spain to be very welcoming, outgoing and proud of their history and unique culture. We definitely plan on going back for Holy Week, though next time with my mom who would absolutely love it.

Pictures from Seville

Holy Week in Andalucia

We had almost a week to experience the Holy Week festivities in Southern Spain and despite the threat of rain it turned out to be an amazing experience. Many of the processions were canceled this year because of the weather but we did manage to take in a few. The midnight Silent Procession in Granada was solemn and very spiritual and was certainly one of the most moving processions we saw.

Of course the jewel of Granada is The Alhambra. We joined a tour group to visit the grounds including the Generalife, the many palaces and amazing courtyards and to take in the beautiful views from high above the city.

Granada Pictures