Sunday, July 24, 2011

I Wanna Go to Miami

The title is the punchline to a very old and very bad joke:  "What is the favorite wine of a certain ethnic-American princess?"  (Wine... whine... get it?)  The only reason I thought of it, was because we were in Triana last night (one of the neighborhoods across the river) and we had dinner at Taberna Miami, a great restaurant and Tapas bar.

TABERNA MIAMI.  THE SHRIMP WAS DELICIOUS, BUT WAY TOO MUCH WORK!

The Vela de Santa Ana is an annual Triana festival that has its origins in an ancient pilgrimage made to the Parish of Santa Ana for, I believe, around 700 years.  We had a first look Friday night with Manolo, our January-vacation landlord and now valued friend.

AFTER TAPAS.  STROLLING OVER TO THE ENTERTAINMENT.

Jerry and I went back across the river Saturday night to take in some more.  We took the bus there and walked home.  It's about a 20-minute leisurely walk from our hotel — 30 minutes if you stop for three scoops of ice cream on the way back.  But, it's only about 10 minutes away from our new apartment!

FOOD AND DRINKS AND BEAUTIFUL VIEWS.

After dinner, we walked back to the plaza where a large stage and seating area is set up for live performances.  Friday night, we got to hear a bit of Flamenco singing from some of the best and brightest, and most famous.  Saturday night, Jerry and I watched some of the children's Flamenco dance competition.  The pairs we saw ranged in age from about 8 to 13.  And there was some amazing talent. 

THE FLAMENCO COMPETITION.

SENSATIONAL TALENT.  THE AUDIENCE WAS FILLED WITH PEOPLE OF EVERY AGE.

I posted about Triana, famous for its tile workshops and potteries, back in January.  It's also famous for providing almost the entire crews for Columbus's voyages to America.  

AWFUL TO IMAGINE.

HEADING THROUGH THE CALLEJON TO THE PASEO DE ARTE.

In addition to those distinctions, Triana, has another:  The public market is built on the site of the former prison, Castilla San Jorge, home of the Spanish Inquisition.  Jerry and I walked down Callejon de la Inquisicion.  It's a charming little alley that leads to a beautiful spot on the river.  But, during the Inquisition, if you were taken down the "callejon," you were probably about to be burned alive for being a heretic (unless you repented and were lucky enough to be garroted first).  Now, when you walk through the arch and arrive at the river, you'll find the Paseo de Arte, an ongoing venue for local artists.  It's a nice change.

BACK OVER THE BRIDGE FOR ICE CREAM.

18 comments:

  1. what a beautiful night you had, thanx for taking me along via pictures :)

    have a wonderful day

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  2. Hello Mitch:
    We can see that you are both well into the Spanish life already. What a very lively atmosphere. Next year, will the Flamenco competition have another pair for entry?!!!

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  3. David: Thanks for coming!

    J&L: Ah, the images THAT conjures!

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  4. Great post Mitch!.What tapa is the one on the left side?

    Tomato salad with garlic and onion??.

    Ummm yummy!

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  5. Jazintosh: That was "tomates rociero" and it was delicious and refreshing. I don't know all the ingredients, but there were at least: tomatoes (obviously), garlic, rosemary, vinegar, olive oil, oregano. There may have been onions.

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  6. What a lovely night you must have had.
    And how interesting that the walk to ones death was changed to a walk to someplace beautiful.
    As it should be.

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  7. One day I will make it back to Spain. Just another thing to add to my Nubian List.

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  8. What fun you are having exploring (and eating your way through) your new home! Looks like fun!

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  9. Bob:
    It's all magical for us right now.

    It's a shame what has been done throughout history in the name of religion. Wish it would all turn out to be a Paseo de Arte.

    Nubian:
    Thank you so much for all your recent visits and ALL your comments. Once you move to Ireland to avoid those snakes, you'll be a lot closer to Spain.

    Craig:
    We should probably stop eating our way through Sevilla. But we've been walking so much that Jerry has actually lost weight since our arrival. (I tend to be pretty much a tall drink of water no matter what I do.)

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  10. I wanna go to Sevilla! I also want to knock Blooger in the head for 'eating' all of my comments this week.
    Looking forward to reading about your adventures. You are quite the inspiration

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  11. Linda: I'll probably annoy some people in Miami, but I would so rather go to Sevilla than Miami (and I definitely lived in California way too long, because I am "so" over-using the word "so").

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  12. Again a great post, and ideas for food... Yummie!

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  13. Wow, looks like you're having a great time in Spain, awesome photos!

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  14. Peter: The food ideas never end. More great, new stuff last night.

    Sub-Radar-Mike: Yes we are and thanks!

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  15. hola Mitch, really enjoyed this excursion :) thanks for sharing it with us. Que tengas un buen día.

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  16. Thank you for posting these. It's wonderful to follow your journey.

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  17. Siri: It's nice to have you along! Would love to hear any exciting news about "Sole of Sweden" and "Sirious Design"!

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