My mom came to visit me in Seville a few days before, and during, Semana Santa, which is Holy Week (the week before Easter). On Thursday and Friday I showed her around Seville. seeing all the monuments and the park, etc. We visited the Alcazar (which I’d been to before) and the Cathedral (which I hadn’t). The Cathedral was amazing! It was just as amazing, beautiful, and breathtaking as the Mezquita in Cordoba. It has beautiful columns, stained glass, niches all around the walls, and a grand choir and altar. It’s also where Christopher Columbus’ remains are. You’ll just have to look at the pictures. We also ate a lot of delicious tapas. I tried something new and different: ox tail, and it was actually really good! We also got to see a practice parade for Semana Santa, which was good, because my mom didn’t get to see any later in the week.
On Saturday we left for Barcelona for five days. It was not enough time to see all of the city, and we saw a lot. We also got lost all the time. On Sunday we went to Parc Guell, which is one of Antoni Gaudi’s creations. He had a huge influence on the city and his artwork is all over. The park was pretty cool. It had crazy looking houses and the famous dragon sculpture. We also saw the Sagrada Familia, another one of Gaudi’s works. It’s a cathedral and very recognizable. The outside is of Gothic/baroque design, while the inside is more modern. They almost seem opposite, as the outside is dark while the inside is filled with light from the stained glass. It really is quite impressive. Monday we spent the day at the beach, even though it was kind of chilly, about 70 degrees. That’s ok, though, because there weren’t a lot of people there like I’m sure there are during the summer. We had lunch at a restaurant near where all the sailboats dock. I tried paella, but didn’t like it, which, since I don’t like seafood, I didn’t think that I would.
On Tuesday we went to the Museu de Xocolate. Oh, and “chocolate” is spelled with an “x” because they speak Catalan in Barcelona, not Spanish. Anyway, the museum was quite small, but it had some cool chocolate sculptures. And we got a free chocolate bar as our ticket, and it was delicious. =) After that we went to the Picasso Museum, where we waited in line for about 40 minutes before we could get in. It’s in a really old building in the old part of the city, called “Ciutat Vella.” The exhibit is arranged chronologically, and it was really interesting to see how his style changed. I never knew that he did oil paintings and portraits, and they’re really good. Then he went through a phase where everything was blue, then he came to the abstract art that he’s known for. After we left the museum we found La Rambla, which is the main street. I had heard that it was like some big market and that there would be stands with people from all over the world selling unique items, but I’m sorry to say it wasn’t like that. It was just a regular street with souvenir stands. It does have, however, one market with food. There’s different sections, like fruits, meats, seafood, nuts, and spices. That was pretty cool to see.
On Wednesday we went to Plaça de Espanya. It was pretty cool because you have two tall pillars with a road in between leading up to a hill with a grand palace on the top. There’s also a big fountain in front of the palace, but it wasn’t on. Maybe that’s because it was chilly and a little windy. Then we headed to the airport to go back to Seville. I did like Barcelona, but I wish that I had more time to get to know the city. Back in Seville we had some more tapas and Mom packed. Thursday morning we had to leave at 5 am to go to the airport, ew. I am so glad that she came and I had a wonderful time. I love you, Mom! And I can’t wait to see everyone else when I get back!!
Here’s the pictures:
In Seville: Plaza de España, a mural on a building, the outside of the cathedral, a view of the Giralda (the tower of the cathedral) from the Alcazar, Arabic work inside the Alcazar, a peacock sitting on a wall, a waterfall, the entrance to the cathedral, the next five are inside and the third is Christopher Columbus’ tomb, the next two are views of Sevilla from the top of the Giralda.
In Barcelona: the house and dragon at Parc Guell, a view of the sea from the park, the outside of the Sagrada Familia, the next two are of the inside, the Arc de Triomf, the Mediterranean, a port with a bunch of sailboats and a fish sculpture where the aquarium is, paella, a Don Quixote chocolate sculpture, the Monument a Colom (Columbus), Plaça Reial, the next two are of the market, and the last one is of the palace.