This past weekend I was lucky enough to travel south to my favorite Spanish city, Sevilla. I studied there for a year, which I can say without doubt was the best year of my life. I had some time to myself to revisit my stomping grounds, so I made a date with my camera and set off to the Plaza de España. Rain or shine, winter or spring, this incredible attraction never fails to impress. It is my absolute favorite place to visit.
The Plaza was originally built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition next to Maria Luisa Park, and is now eye candy to thousands of tourists each year. It also houses a number of government offices, which is where I applied for my NIE during my time there.
Anibal Gonzalez was its talented designer and created its semicircle shape to portray “un abrazo” or hug. You can enjoy snapping photos of the thousands of “azulejos” or painted tiles (representing each of Spain’s provinces), or you can rent a small rowboat and test your steering skills via the water. Films such as Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Dictator all have scenes in the Plaza.
So with that, here are some snapshots of my late afternoon in this quintessential Sevillan site:
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