Our Seville, Spain Adventure
Traveling to Spain was our first European adventure as a family! Our kids were 11 & 13 when we went. Actually, our son turned 13 the day we landed in Spain. Happy birthday to him 🙂
Our decision to travel was very intentional! There are many reasons to travel ~ here’s a few of mine. I wanted to show our kids that the world is bigger than just what they currently knew. That people look different, speak different, think different than what they see and hear here in Central Florida. Expanding our children’s world view was something I felt very strongly about!
I also, on a very practical level, wanted to show our kids how to travel. On this trip we traveled on many different modes of transportation. We stayed in very different types of accommodations – hostel, apartment and resort. And, we tried some very different, and sometimes awesome foods!
Our Top 10 List for Seville
So, here’s my Top 10 list for Seville, Spain:
1. Catedral de Sevilla
Largest Gothic building in the world! Third largest church in Europe! Purportedly the builders’ goal – “those who come after us will take us for madmen.”
Look at this! These gargoyles/dragons? were on a wall on the outside of the cathedral.
Christopher Columbus, or at least part of him, is buried here in the Cathedral. The tomb is impressive!
2. Maestranza Plaza de Toros (Bullring)
One of the two leading bullrings in the entire country. And, it is still in use. Guided tours daily, except on days of a bullfight
There was a display of trajes de luces (suits of light). These are the traditional uniform worn by the bullfighter in the ring. They were beautiful!
There was even a chapel for the bullfighters!
3. Royal Alcazares del Sevilla Palace
This palace dates from the 10th century. But, it was almost entirely rebuild in 1248, making it more fortified.
A wonder of carved place & stone, delicate calligraphic friezes, carved wooden ceilings and splendid decorative tile work.
It is the oldes European royal residence still in use. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia stay here when in town.
4. Tea market
Finding this tea market was a joy for both the eyes and the nose! Beautiful scents & sights ~ and tastes!
5. Produce market
Because we stayed in an apartment in Seville, we shopped at the produce market regularly while we were there! They always had a beautiful array of fresh, tasty produce!
Our kids became pros at riding all sorts of transportation! We took trains, cab, subways, and a trolley! It didn’t take them long to get the “unaffected” look as if they do this everyday 🙂
7. Spring Flowers
Spring had definitely sprung while we were in Seville! The scents of flowers blooming were everywhere, and it was incredible!
Wisteria was everywhere – and gorgeous!
8. Churros y Chocolate’
My daughter happily found churros and a thick chocolate drink!
We ran into peacocks in a few different spots around Seville! They really seemed to like my son. Might be because he always had food on him 🙂
This should probably be number 1, since this is always really important to us, lol! Since we had an apartment, dinners were always eaten in.
The tortilla Espanola, or Spanish omelette, was a favorite! Eggs, potatoes and whatever else they added in! Always delicious!
One of our travel rules is that we must try new foods. This isn’t very hard for us ~ since we all love to eat and try new things!
Traveling as a family presents challenges and adventures! For us, our adventure in Seville was a fantastic opportunity to learn about a new culture, but it also showed us how we handle challenges! After a great 10-days together, we arrived at the airport to find that our flight had been cancelled because of a labor strike in Germany! While we were tired and ready to head home, I was really proud of us for looking at it as an opportunity versus getting too worked up about it.
The best laid plans, and all that!
If you have never been to Spain, I highly recommend it! Seville is a beautiful city to explore! The locals were friendly, and the city was easy to get around. And, as I said before, there are so many reasons to travel! What are your reasons?!
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