Our last Andalucian city was Seville, by far the largest and most metropolitan of our trip. This was a return trip for me, but visiting at Christmastime made the city feel much more spirited and lively – children running through the streets, shoppers juggling bags, and people out for their evening paseo (stroll). On this visit, however, we were able to see an amazing flamenco dance show at the Casa de Al-Andalus, and is renowned for its authentic style rather than the exported flowing-red-dresses-and-flowers. Quick recap from my PREVIOUS Seville blog post, 2 years in the past… Seville boasts one of the largest cathedrals in the world, housing Christopher Columbus’ tomb and a 66-foot-high altarpiece plated with gold from the New World (and of course, like every other church in Andalucia, built on the site of a former mosque). The Alcazar palace, directly across from the cathedral, is the oldest functioning royal palace in Europe. New fact: the University of Seville is housed in what was Europe’s first tobacco factory.
We rang in 2012 in BCN’s Placa Catalunya with 12 grapes on the 12 strokes of the clock, looking back on an amazing year with another great one to come.