Postcards: Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville

When most of you were new to this blog, some clicked on the Travel tab above, checked ‘Spain 2011’ and ‘Italy 2011’ and found nothing but a single photo and an apology from the slow woman. There were those who asked, when are you going to post the pics? Well, I think now is a good time as any, before we are inundated with the Christmas-related posts and preparations and before a post about Rafael Nadal is mistaken for ‘bon nadal’. (Yes, there will be a post about Rafa, haha, I wasn’t entirely kidding.)

We started our tour in Seville or Sevilla, in the Andalusian region of Spain. The photo above is of La Giralda which is probably Seville’s most famous landmark. The Giralda was a mosque’s minaret that later became the tower of the Cathedral of Sevilla. Entombed inside the cathedral is Mr. 1492 himself, Christopher Columbus, who did not direct Home Alone. I took that picture from the Plaza Virgen de los Reyes, standing under a naranja (orange) tree. Naranjas are as common in Andalucia as coconuts are in the tropics.

Also common are serranitos (warm sandwiches). We had them everywhere but the best, omigod THE BEST were these jamon serrano ones at El Patio San Eloy. Months later, I still dream of them.

Here are a few more pics of Sevilla taken from inside Barrio Santa Cruz:

~ Palacio Arzobispal (Archbishop’s Palace). With our luggage in a cameo role. ~

~ the circus was in town ~

~ shawls and fans. How lovely is the word abanico? ~

~ jamon, jamon, jamon…*drool*…jamon, jamon, jamon ~

~ early morning hours at a side street near our hotel. Just like everywhere else we went to in Spain, it was so clean. ~


(Next up on the Postcards series: The Alhambra. Ole!)

Please click here for my other posts on Spain.

By the way, I’ve broken down and allowed Facebook to lure me in, haha. It’s still kind of lonely there right now so I hope you say hello. πŸ˜€

124 thoughts on “Postcards: Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville

  1. I live in Madrid, even though I’m from a little country in the heart of America, Honduras.
    Seville is just a few hours away and I’ve never been there, you know?. When planning a trip, I tend to go north, maybe unconsciously running away from the heat(Seville is hot! or so I’ve heard), but your pictures are gorgeous and made me think: what if next time I hit the road I go for a serranito and a beer at Patio San Eloy?(from now on, Tita’s place).
    As always, nice reading you.

  2. Oh, I just love all of these pictures! Beautiful. I was only in Barcelona once, but I’d love to return to Spain. So many gorgeous things to see there–and I love the photo where you captured the traveling circus!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Now this is a good morning! Hi, everyone and thank you very much for your wonderful comments and for subscribing. Uhm, I’ll just have my breakfast (not a serranito, unfortunately) then I’ll be checking out your blogs, too. Thanks again! πŸ˜€

    • I’m happy I got to go! πŸ™‚ And I really do want to go back there and stay far longer. I’m glad someone who was born there likes my post about the place.

      Thanks for subscribing, by the way. I really appreciate it. Now I think I need to master Spanish because your blog looks pretty interesting. πŸ™‚

  4. Did C. Columbus have some special attachment to Seville, or did he just happen to die there? ( I thought he got jailed and dropped completely out of favor with the royals.)

    • The way I understood it, it was Columbus’ daughter-in-law who insisted that his remains (previously in South America) be brought to Sevilla and buried beside his son who requested such before he died. The son was a high-ranking official (the governor, I think) in that area of Spain.

  5. I particularly liked serranitos (warm sandwiches). They made ​​me hungry. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Some of the shots somehow have resemblance to my very own Intramuros. And since I don’t know if I will get a chance to visit Spain, I think I’ll just have to be content with enjoying my own Hispanic remnants here, for now. πŸ˜€

    • The Archbishop’s Palace in Seville actually reminded me of the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, except for the color of the walls and the fact that the palace in Seville is still used as originally intended and it’s very well maintained.
      While we were walking around Spain, I could feel a lot of panghihinayang that we did not get to preserve our old buildings here that have the same GRAND architectural style as the ones there.

      • Yes, that is so true Tita Buds. It is indeed a great loss that we fail to preserve the marvelous architecture of the yesteryears. And though there are some century- old masterpieces that still stand today, sadly it seems that the government cannot fully take great care in maintaining it since it is a significant part of our heritage…

  7. Just by looking at these photos I can tell how well the culture is preserved in Spain. I heard a lot of things about Seville and it just makes me want to live there in the future!
    Great blog!

  8. We have great memories of staying several days in Sellive several years ago. The narrow street looks like the one I drove our car down (sort of on the sidewalk with the passenger tires) to drop off passengers and luggage at the hotel! We had many great adventures, tours, and meals there. Then there was the adventure of finding a bathroom at mid-night in a bar… turned out to be the broom closet… literally.

  9. Great pictures! I lived in Seville for two years and enjoyed (almost) every minute of it! It’s a gorgeous city and the food is unbelievable. I now live in Madrid and miss the serranitos so much! I’m glad you enjoyed Spain– come back soon!

    • Oh, I swear I will ! I had a great time and I met wonderful people. Plus, maybe it’s the centuries-old connection between Spain and the Philippines that made me ”feel at home” there.
      Your blog is awesome, by the way. πŸ™‚

  10. My heart skipped a beat when I saw photos of Sevilla on Freshly Pressed; I spent a summer there two years ago and still dream of that little city (and, of course, the jamon). Thank you for posting your beautiful pictures and bringing up fond memories!

    • Thank you very much for your wonderful comment.
      We were in Sevilla for only a few days and I do want to go back because there’s still so much that we did not go to and I miss the serranitos. πŸ™‚

  11. I’ve just moved to Spain, not too far from Sevilla. This article just makes me want to go back there and (re)visit the whole place! And thanks for the fun facts about Sevilla πŸ˜‰

  12. Beautiful pictures. I’m at the part of my life where Travel is becoming a MUST DO! Thanks for the gorgeous pictures πŸ˜€

  13. Omg…Sevilla was one of my favorite locations in Spain! I love the photos!

    I’m planning to use my newly created blog to describe some of the travels also.

  14. Hello Tita Buds! Mabuhay πŸ™‚ another Pinay here
    Congratulations for making it in the freshly pressed. I seldom see Pinoy blogs getting featured, galing!! I love the place and the pictures are worthy of a magazine print. Wishing you a great day ahead!!

    • Thank you very much. I’m at work now but I thought I’d dash a quick note because no, I’m not the first Filipino to be featured by WordPress. πŸ™‚ I know two Pinays were featured before I got my first ‘Freshly-Pressed’ last September, maybe there were more before them, I don’t know. Basta, di naman tayo nagpapahuling mga Pinoy, it seems, hehe. πŸ˜€

  15. Your photographs are colorful and worth publishing but the writing is really poor. I don’t know what would prompt you to use the word “pics” and other collquialisms but they come across like a phone text message. Time to elevate your style. Una naranja is an orange. An orange tree is un naranjo.You don’t have to go all the way to Sevilla to find that out. Mucha suerte.

      • You’re so much nicer than I would be to this jealous “critic” who hides behind a fake email address. Your writing is far from being poor – Freshly Pressed 2X in less than 3 months! And look at all these positive comments.
        Picking on you for using the word pics (which, by the way, in textspeak, if they did their research, would be pix) and for not knowing that the tree is naranjo, really? “You don’t have to go to Sevilla to find that out”, REALLY?
        Well, you don’t have to use spellcheck either to know that it’s spelled COLLOQUIALISM.

        • I also thought the critic was over reacting to using pics instead of pictures. The writing is just fine. It’s a blog, not a professional publication. The pics look like they were taken by a professional. And I do mean pics, not pictures.

          • Haha, thanks very much, Karen. As for the photos, Spain really just makes it almost impossible for anyone to take bad ones. πŸ˜€

            (And thank god, we bloggers are allowed to use smileys)

  16. I’m studying abroad in Seville right now, and I can’t imagine doing so anywhere else. I love how Sevilla has so much history to offer, especially with La Giralda and La Catedral. Also, the sevillanos are always so kind to foreigners, which has helped me feel more at home during my stay in Europe. These pictures capture the beauty of the city’s center and side streets, and it’s making me sad that I have to leave in a month! To anyone who is thinking of visiting, I highly recommend it!

  17. Hi there,congrats (again) for being featured on FP. I think i also made a comment the last time you were FP. Love your photos and yes, drooling on jamon jamon jamon.. Sayang, when i was in barcelona, haven’t tried the tapas/jamons since we’re just there overnight and lots of things to do pa… Bitin! By the way, how do you pronounce your name? do you pronounce it as buds as in flower buds? congrats again.

  18. Ohmigosh, TB! I cannot BELIEVE I didn’t know you got Pressed again! YES! Well-deserved, fo sho fo sho. Yes. So good. Hope you’re having a fantastic time with this πŸ™‚

  19. Wow, before seeing this post, I unlike most of the people I know, never had a wish to visit Spain. You’ve definitely managed to change my mind! Thanks for this post, it’s beautiful

  20. beautiful photos! I’m hoping to make to Seville someday (I’ve only been to Barcelona in Spain, but hear how different it is from the other cities). And I’ll second that drool for jamon!

  21. Hi! I came across this post when I was glancing the WP “travel” category. I love Sevilla, even though I was only there a few days. I especially like that last photo of the lonely “side street” near your hotel.

    Come to think of it, I love AndalucΓ­a, and I wish to spend days, if not weeks, driving throughout the countryside, and tasting all the food I can possibly stuff into me …

    Thanks again for your post, and helping me to relive the memories!

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