The Sunday Scribblings prompt is "good." So here's my account of a "good" weekend:
When my husband came to Sevilla last weekend, the midnight photo of La Giralda above was the romantic view from our second-floor room at Hotel Los Seises on Calle Segovias.
The beautiful hotel in the Barrio Santa Cruz was once part of a 16th-century palace.
Except for two interruptions to work on my Spanish homework, the weekend was magical!
We visited La Giralda (for the second time), which despite the ongoing construction and restoration is magnificient.
We had tostadas, coffee and tea at a bodega near La Giralda and a typical Sevillian lunch at a terrific restaurant with Art Nouveau architecture near the Universidad.
Dinner was al fresco beneath the orange trees at Dona Alvira in Santa Cruz.
We marveled at the stunning art of Murillo and Leal in the Museo de Bellas Artes and the unique beauty of the Plaza de Espana, now housing Andalucian government offices, as well as the Museo Militar.
The latter boasts incredible examples not only of swords and weapons, but of carriages, furniture, a complete train car, blacksmith's shop, printer's studio, hospital and pharmacy and other military memorabilia.
Amidst the blossoming palm trees and tiled seats in Parque Maria Luisa, we saw the Glorieta de Becquer, an ivory statue featuring allegorical figures depicting the phases of love. It was sculpted in 1911 by Lorenzo Valera to honour Sevillian poet Gustavo Aldolfo Becquer (1836-70). We strolled the palm-tree and fountain-filled Jardins de Murillo, walked across the Isabelle II iron bridge to Triana, then walked back alongside the Rio de Gualdaquavir to the Moorish Toro del Oro, built to defend Sevilla.
At the Sunday morning flea market at Plaza el Cabildo we bought 19th-century postcards featuring photographs from Granada and Madrid, a 19th-century book about the Spanish artist Goya and an exquisite hand-tooled leather prayer book - for just 10 and 15 euros, respectively! We also bought sweets from the adjacent convent for my husband's office staff. The weekend was great fun, but exhausting! We walked for miles and miles, savouring each other's company and the beauty all around us.
This 17th-century furniture grouping was outside our room at Hotel Los Seises.
A heraldic inscription from the palace has been restored to its former glory in a hotel corridor.
The hotel's restaurant is built artfully around the palace's original foundations.
A Saturday evening view of La Giralda from the poolside restaurant on the hotel's third floor. We watched the kestrels swooping about looking for insects - lots of those in Sevilla, especially mosquitoes!