Monday, July 18, 2011

Metropol Parasol and Finding Home

FROM THE MAIN PLAZA BEFORE TAKING THE ELEVATOR UP.

In a recent post, I shared a couple of photos of the new construction at the Plaza de la Encarnacion in the center of Sevilla.  The structure is called Metropol Parasol and it's the largest wooden structure in the world. The views are amazing and down below are the Antiquarium (the brand new archaeological museum), a restaurant, and Sevilla's farmers' market.

LIKE BEING INSIDE A GIANT HONEYCOMB.

Last night before dinner, Jerry and I took the elevator to the top of the structure and strolled the walkways to admire the spectacular views contrasting old and new architecture.  Well, it would be more correct to say that Jerry and I both took the elevator up, but I alone strolled the walkways.

RUN!  A MILDLY PANICKING JERRY TELLING ME HE'S HEADING BACK DOWN.

A VIEW FROM THE BACK. NOTE THE WALKWAY SNAKING TO THE RIGHT.

UNDULATIONS.

A STUDY IN CONTRASTS.

Jerry went out onto the first walkway concerned about the heights only to become more concerned about the vibrations.  So, I continued on and he went back downstairs to check out the Antiquarium (built around the discoveries at the base of the Metropol Parasol).

LA GIRALDA (THE CATHEDRAL BELL TOWER) IN THE BACKGROUND.

The museum was closed (Sunday night at 9), but you can still see quite a bit through the glass and it was beautiful and fascinating. We'll have to get back to really explore the ancient history (ruins going as far back as 1 A.D.).

LOOKING AT SEVILLA THROUGH A ROSE-COLORED PALACIO.

REALLY CLOSE TO HOME
We take possession August 1 of our apartment on Calle Cuna. We are elated.  The apartment shares the top floor of a three-story former private palace in the heart of old Sevilla.  Our "palacio" is on a pedestrianized street and is simply 10 apartments built in the shell of a former palace.  It's only two bedrooms, but it's grander (in style and quality) than we expected to find.  It's light and airy, and quiet; with large windows opening onto a charming and large interior courtyard and other windows looking out back.  And the location is incredible.  For those of you who know the city, we are across the street from the Palace of Lebrija, a fully restored private palace that is now a private museum.  We are just a few minutes walk from Metropol Parasol, El Corte Inglés, and all the other shopping, dining, and people-watching you could possibly desire (and about 10-minutes away from that antique store that's selling my Parachute Jump, which would look so great in our new apartment).

20 comments:

  1. Hello Mitch:
    What an amazing building with those wonderful snake-like walkways which, from your pictures, appear to propel one, but not Jerry, along with a momentum almost of their own. Fantastic, and the views...

    Your new apartment sounds ideal and will certainly suit you for the time being.

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  2. Only two bedrooms! Where will all my kids sleep when we visit? Just kidding, I don't even like traveling to the beach with them.
    You're moving right along.
    Take care!
    Your Friend, m.

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  3. The parasol is spectacular! I didn't know it had walkways - even better.
    Your new home sounds superb... many happy days, weeks, um months, oh the heck with it... have fun there!

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  4. That building is a really jaw-dropping sight. From what I've seen so far you've got yourself a very photogenic home 'ciudad' there. You must be really dying for 1st August when you can finally get yourself ensconsed in 'Cradle Street' (Okay, okay - I looked the word up!)

    [Psst, have you found out the locations of the after-dark cruising areas yet? Shhhhhh - whisper it to me.]

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  5. such breathtaking views...and the apartment sounds heavenly....

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  6. J&L: Thanks. We hope the apartment suits us for a long time to come! We are tired of packing and unpacking!

    Mark: I don't know how you do it SO sorry we won't have enough room for you all... Shucks!

    Craig: I was surprised, too, by those walkways. Amazing. Thanks for the good wishes. Can't wait to get in there!

    Raybeard: You're right. Sevilla is unbelievably photogenic. And I'm ready to count the minutes until we can move from the hotel. And, you're barking up the wrong tree, as they say in the USA; I have walked through the middle of after-dark cruising areas and had to be told after I'd done so.

    David: It is a joy sharing what we're seeing. Loads more to come.

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  7. What a great new home. Congrats guys!

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  8. Steve: Thanks. Can't wait to make it ours.

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  9. Marvelous, I would love to walk up there. You've got all things nearby, a Supermercado and even an Spanish-American education centre, as if you need that.

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  10. Peter: Tell me more about the Spanish-American education centre.

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  11. Have you realize that the word PARASOL is just the opposite of your favorite spanish word PARAGUAS?,and both things are used in opposite senses.

    Spanish language (and specially the Andalusian version)it´s full of this details.You´ll find Pretty, wounderful and touching words in spanis.

    Read Lorca in Spanish or Miguel Hernadez.

    They wrote straight from their hearts.

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  12. Just want to congratulate you guys on your arrival in Spain and wish you the best. I've been a bit preoccupied and missed a few posts.

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  13. Intriguing... When Jerry's up on top he's worried about the vibration; I assume he's fearful of the thing collapsing while he's up there. But that fear doesn't seem to translate to when he's down below it, where it might collapse on top of him...

    Congrats on finding the apartment! I'm looking forward to seeing photos of it. :)

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  14. Jaz: Yes, I love the play with words, too. When I was in school, we had to read Don Quixote in the original Spanish. I just reread it this year in English and needed a translator. I couldn't possibly have understood very much when I read it in Spanish! So, I think I'll wait a bit for Garcia Lorca and Miguel Hernandez.


    FDeF: Thanks so much. I've seen from your posts that you've been busy running the Hotel New England. Hope your recovery weekend away was rejuvenating.

    Walt the Fourth: Jerry laughed when he read your comment. Likewise, he hates being on the 43rd floor of a skyscraper (he can feel the sway), but he has no qualms about being on the sidewalk below it. I think it's the motion-sickness. Have I mentioned how excited I am about soon having a home to go to? Thanks for sharing in the excitement!

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  15. Walt the Fourth: Clarification from Jerry. "It's a 'bi-focal' situation." (Another Jerryism?) He insists the movement wouldn't bother him if it weren't for the heights.

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  16. Ah, the bi-focal defense. I presume he's not bothered by earthquakes, as long as he's standing on the ground when they happen? ;)

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  17. Walt: Jerry says, "You are absolutely correct." (He lies).

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  18. Just found you and love this blog and photos. Looking forward to catching up with your past posts. Your new home sounds amazing - I hope we get to see photos soon!
    Linda

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  19. Linda: Thanks so much for finding me and for the kind words. I, too, hope you get to see photos soon of the new home. No fun posting photos of the temporary home in our hotel room!

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