Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sugar Substitute

METICULOUS CRAFSTMANSHIP IN BOTH TOWERS.
BUT THE ONE ON THE RIGHT IS PARTICULARLY SWEET.


When Jorunn was visiting late last week, we crammed a lot of sight-seeing into two afternoons.  Jerry and I had first toured the Cathedral and the Giralda (bell tower) on a cold January day.  Jorunn and I did the same on a hot September afternoon.  This time as we climbed, there were beautiful breezes blowing through the tower that made it very pleasant. The icy breezes that blew through the tower in January caused Jerry and me to rush right back down without taking in the spectactular views.

ON OUR WAY UP.  THE GUADALQUIVIR RIVER IN THE DISTANCE ON THE RIGHT.
THE NIÑA, THE PINTA, AND THE SANTA MARIA SET SAIL FROM THIS RIVER.

It was especially fun to see the Giralda from street level this time. Wednesday afternoon, when Jorunn and I were out walking in the neighborhood near the apartment, we passed the pastry and ice cream shop "La Campana."  In the window was an intricately reproduced Giralda (about 5 feet/152 cm tall) that appeared to be carved out of marble. I thought, what an odd thing to have in the window of a pastry shop.  On closer inspection, we saw the little sign that said the La Campana Giralda was made completely out of sugar.  So, now I think I like it better than the original.

FROM THE TOP.  THE BULL RING CAN BE SEEN AT CENTER.

16 comments:

  1. Lovely both Giraldas and of course the view from the top.

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  2. I think the Giralda was the model for the freedom Tower in Miami.
    The real one, not the sugar substitute.

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  3. This is amazing. When my cousin lived in Madrid More than 30 years ago) she sent my children charming little things made of sugar. I remember a family of mice and a platter with fish on it. Is this a special Spanish confectionery craft? Do they still have small things?

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  4. the cuby poet:
    You're so right. I could stand and look from the top forever, but it's not nice to hog the space!

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  5. Bob:
    I have never seen the Freedom Tower in Miami, so I just looked it up. And you're right, according to Wikipedia, design elements were borrowed from the Giralda in Sevilla. Thanks for telling me/us about it!

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  6. Kristi:
    I recently read (don't know if it's true) that sugar sculpture is very common in Mexico and supposedly mimics the pre-Columbian art of a specific type of dough sculpture. That being said, given what Spain "brought back" from Latin America over the centuries, I wouldn't be surprised if this came from there as well. Now THERE's a research project! (I sure would love to have seen those sculptures you had all those years ago.)

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  7. Mr.B,
    wow...everytime you post pics I am amazed at the beauty....it takes my breath away...thank you for letting me tag along via blog land :)

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  8. David:
    Thanks for joining me! I hope I never start taking this for granted.

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  9. I totally ditto David. Stunning.

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  10. Nubian:
    And you and David are BOTH always worth at least a ditto! Thanks!

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  11. Jean:
    Thanks. Kind of hard to fail with such subject matter!

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  12. The culture, art and architecture must be breathtaking at first. I would be walking around with my mouth open for quite a while! lol
    Great shots. Thanks.

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  13. Jim:
    Thanks and I do and probably will for quite a while myself.

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  14. Spectacular. I ditto David and Nubian - love your photos!

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