Seville: Day 1

On Thursday, October 27 we began our sightseeing with the Church of San Salvador, another magnificent Baroque church. The price of admission also allowed us to visit the Cathedral, which we did the next day. The church of San Salvador had some amazing art and decor, but as it turned out it was only a warmup for the Cathedral.

As we strolled around near of the Cathedral we came across this couple operating a very lifelike puppet musician. They weren’t street performers, as they had no hat out for donations. We think they might have been advertising a show. We got a great laugh out of it, and you can too by checking out the YouTube video.

Guitar puppet in Seville

Seville is well known as a center for the art of flamenco. That evening we went to a flamenco show at La Casa de la Memoria to see what it was all about. Flamenco comprises four elements: dance, song, guitar music, and rhythmic hand clapping. We were impressed with the power and passion of the performers: two women and one man dancing to the accompaniment of a guitarist and a female singer. The guitarist played an acoustic guitar with nylon strings—what we in the U.S. would call a classical guitar. The singer also performed the hand clapping parts, and she was joined in this by one or two of the dancers when they weren’t dancing. We went away from there with a new appreciation for something that we had only heard about before.

On the way back to our apartment we stopped at the Cafe Jazz Naima, named after John Coltrane’s lovely ballad. Cafe Jazz Naima is a small bar that presents live jazz every night. We heard a trio of bass, drums, and guitar. The next night I went back and heard a different group. It’s nice to see that jazz is understood and loved in Spain.

Other pictures from Day 1 in Seville

Commercial building
Commercial building showing Moorish design influence
Apartment building
Apartment building showing Moorish design influence
Giant tree
Giant tree in the Murillo Gardens
Virgin Mary icon in ceramic tile
Virgin Mary icon in ceramic tile
Street musicians near the Cathedral