Next stop – Seville 🍊.
I took the high speed train 🚄 – and arrived in Seville 5 hours later, passing through many olive groves 🌳.
I really like Seville 🍊. The sunshine ☀️ helped a lot, but it really is just a rather lovely place. At the centre, surrounding the cathedral ⛪️, the streets are mainly pedestrianised – and there are endless little bars 🍹and restaurants 🍜 lining the streets – and orange 🍊🌳 trees everywhere. It is rather wonderful 😊.
I was there with the Islington Choral Society 🎶 – I would like to make it clear that I DO NOT SING 🎤❌ – but know someone who does and I was there as support / enjoying a trip to Seville 💃. The choir were about 100 strong, and I think we may have completely taken over the hotel. Everyone was very excited – there were many mentions as to how brilliant the last trip to Perugia was. There were to be two concerts – one in Seville 🍊 and one in Cordoba 🏰.
We all visited the Real Alcazar 🏤- the main palace in Seville. This may have been my favourite place we visited – the palace is a interesting mix of styles from different eras, the first part we went into has bright orange and yellow tiles in floral designs 🍊🍋💐- the second part is Moorish 🏰 – tiles in geometric patterns ◽️◾️. And I loved the gardens 🌳 – tiles 🔷♦️ everywhere still, with palm trees 🌴 and roses 🌹 and many archways 🏰.
The concert 🎶was in the church of Santa Maria Magdalena ⛪️ – and there had been many mutterings along the lines of – ‘no one is actually going to turn up ….’ however, when we got to the church it was full to the brim, mass had just taken place and NO ONE left👫👬👭. The huge, very ornate church was packed – and they stayed listening to the whole of Mozart’s Requiem 😯🎶. Apparently local tv 📺had been plugging Islington Choral Society and people had turned up specially to listen 👏. There was a lot of celebration after – the biggest audience ever 🍻!