Saturday, January 10, 2015

Forever Blowing Bubbles

Judyshannonstreetwhat (click here) had never been to Sevilla. So, San Geraldo and I wanted to make sure she saw at least a few of our favorite places during our brief visit. One of those is the Plaza de España. Click here for our "discovery" of the place four years ago.

The Plaza de España was built in 1928 as part of the Ibero-American Exposition World's Fair of 1929, which opened, unfortunately, just in time for the Great Depression. (Click any photo for a great inflation.)

Since I've written about the plaza several times, I thought I'd give you some different views. Of course, our visit (or at least mine) had to begin with San Geraldo's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather King Ferdinand III (that's 22-greats if you didn't feel like counting).

SAN GERALDO'S 22-GREATS-GRANDFATHER, KING FERDINAND III.
(A SAINT, LIKE HIS GREATS-GRANDSON, BUT NOT UNTIL HE HAD BEEN DEAD 419 YEARS.)

Ring-necked parakeets are common in Southern Spain, but I've never had a good photo opportunity. They flit from one tree to another in a blur of noisy green. Then they hide out among the palm fronds. This time, a group of parakeets were very cooperative on our visit to the Plaza de España. they sat perfectly sun-lit on a nearby lamp post.







"TILES"
"SELF-PORTRAIT WITH TILES"

And, finally, the bubbles. I could have spent an entire day viewing the plaza — in every direction — through the bubbles, but we had a parade to catch (click here).

 





Pretty bubbles in the air...

18 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful city and the weather looks pretty good too.

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    1. Andrew:
      We did luck out with the weather. A bit "brisker" than we're used to (although we've had our share of brisk weather here lately), but sunny and wonderful. It's a fascinating and picturesque city.

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    1. Spo:
      It was the perfect day for it and the perfect time of day.

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  3. Amazing pictures!!!! :) Love the green birds! I still think about you guys when I walk by Catalina!

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    1. Brittany:
      We were at Catalina that weekend. It was a joy and the food and service were, as always, exceptional. You should try it some time and introduce yourself. Albert is the general manager. Gonzalo is the chef/owner. They will welcome you and treat you like family.

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  4. How beautiful! I just told Hubby that Spain is on the cards sometime in the next five years :)

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Well I highly recommend it. I LOVE it here.

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  5. This is a beautiful spot. It was in disrepair when I first saw it, but I see that it looks much better now. I'm glad it's being preserved.

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    1. Stephen:
      There must have been a major restoration before we moved to Sevilla, because we were surprised by how perfectly maintained this was. It's now undergoing more tile repair and maintenance, which was really nice to see. Maria Luisa Park is really beautifully maintained now. I'm sure you wouldn't recognize it.

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  6. Someone was having a lot of fun!
    Great photos Mitchell.

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    1. Jim:
      It was an exceptional four days. Traveling with Judy was a joy, as it always is, and seeing our friends in Sevilla could not have been better.

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  7. Beautiful sights, as always!

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      We're planning to do a lot more exploring this year. Looking forward to so many more beautiful sights.

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  8. Wow! I didn't realize you had done these 2 posts, so I'm all excited to find them. They're full of beautiful photos!

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    1. Judy:
      Thanks so much. I still have so many more photos from those days in Sevilla.

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  9. I would love to come across a Bubble Maker like this someday....oh what fun indeed! My heart races when things like this appear.
    R

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    1. Ron:
      I'd seen performers with those bubble makers on the streets of Sevilla before. But, never in the Plaza de España (what a great backdrop) and never done so well.

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