|STATUE TO LUIS DAOÍZ AND THE DOS DE MAYO REBELLION.|
When we left our house in the morning, we noticed the plaza being decorated. El Sanedrín was not open, so we had to walk a block to Niños del Flor for breakfast. I joked with Jerry, "Uh oh, looks like another holiday." I found out that afternoon from Teré that El Sanedrín had decided to stop serving breakfast and to open later in the day. What a tragedy for us! When we returned from breakfast, chairs were being set up in the plaza. I went upstairs thinking I'd go back down in a bit to see what was happening. A few minutes later, I heard drums. So I raced downstairs and opened our front door to be greeted by a marching band. This is not the first time Sevillanos have welcomed me with a parade. And, no matter how many times they honor me in this way, I am always moved.
|WHAT I SAW WHEN I OPENED THE FRONT DOOR.|
A small crowd had already gathered and many of the seats were taken. There may even have been a few guests who participated in the 1808 rebellion.
OK. I exaggerate, but one very sweet lady did tell me when I helped her to a seat that she had just turned 99. There were a couple of speeches honoring the heroes of that long-ago war and then a medals ceremony honoring recent heroes. I didn't understand it all, but I got the gist and it was nice to not have to go a day without some kind of special event in Sevilla.
|THE MUSIC MAKERS.|
|MEDAL RECIPIENTS (AT RIGHT, FACING THE CAMERA).|
SIX WOMEN RECEIVED MEDALS, WHICH ELICITED A CHEER AND APPLAUSE FROM THE ENTIRE CROWD.
|MY NEW FAVORITE HAT.|
|IT'S ALL IN THE ATTITUDE.|