This past weekend, Caroline and I ventured to another part of Spain... Sevilla! I was really excited to go because my cousin had studied abroad there last spring and seeing her pictures, I already knew it was going to be beautiful. And surely, it did not disappoint. It was also 64 degrees while we were there which made for nice days to tour the area. On Friday we saw the Plaza de España, Parque de Maria Luisa, and some of the Santa Cruz area. On Sunday we saw the Reales Alcázares and the Alcázar Gardens and the Catedral and Giralda. Everything was absolutely beautiful. The Maria Luisa Park was huge and both sides of the park had many sculptures, fountains or pieces of art to see that it took a while to get through the whole park. I didn't mind though because it was a beautiful day and the garden was so green that taking my time going through it was worthwhile. Right across from the park was my favorite site in Sevilla, the Plaza de España. It is stunning. The architecture and detail throughout the entire building is incredible. It in the shape of a half circle with three beautiful bridges made of brick and tiles crossing you over the small river. Towards the bottom of the building there are sections made of tile and each represents a part of Spain or one of the major cities. Each one was unique and different than the other. We rented a small row boat and took it down the river from one side of the Plaza to the other. Overall, this place was breathtaking and is definitely in my top favorite places in Spain.
On Saturday we saw the Reales Alcázares and its gardens, and again, what a beautiful sight. It was also huge! It was very similar to the Alhambra in Granada. Although Granada's was slightly more impressive, I did find this one to be quite a sight. So many details in every room from the floor to the ceiling, it was amazing and makes you wonder how long it all took. The gardens of the Alcazar were also beautiful even thought not everything has bloomed yet. There was even a maze to try out which was fun until we couldn't find our way out for quite some time. The greenery everywhere with some touches of color from flowers was beautiful to see and made to excited that spring is pretty much here! I have seen a few cathedrals since being in Spain, but this was definitely one of the most beautiful, not to mention the architecture on the outside that makes it look like a castle! The stained glass windows were magnificent along with the golden mural behind the alter. To finish our last full day we took a horse and buggy around the city and along the Guadalquivir River, which was a good way to see new places and revisit the ones we saw yesterday. The Sangria and rose shaped gelato were nice touches to the weekend as well. I am so glad I was able to visit Sevilla and see for myself its unbelievable beauty. There are so many beautiful pictures to choose from, I wish I could post them all, enjoy!