They say Sevilla has soul, they also say in order to perform flamenco one needs soul. So, it only seemed right that Sevilla was the place to experience the soulful dance of flamenco. We were lucky enough to experience this soulful dance in two different manners, one was an impromptu bar session at La Carboneria Bar and the other a more choreographed performance at La Casa de la Memoria . Both allowed us to experience the passion of pain, love, and then a bit more of the pain. The dance is forceful, yet painfully sensitive and I can't hide my attraction to the raspy voice of the painful vocals, the intensity of all the performers facial expressions, the vigorous stomps and the overly pronounced hand gestures.
Sevilla can seem touristic, but what really struck us was the significance of the Real Alcazar, where Queen Isabel met with Christopher Columbus regarding his voyage to the New World. Chris (my fiance) and I just the other day once again talked about the significance of the very palace that helped carve the path to what we have come to understand as our world. To imagine the gardens we strolled along were the very pathway that Queen Isabel and Christopher Columbus had walked discussing the voyage that would come to shaped our world is an incredible look into the past.
One of the best discoveries for us was La Campana, a confectionary serving up the best Palmeras de Huevo and the Napolitano Merengue we've had to date. Only down fall or perhaps its charm(?) is that the service is uber direct and curt, which could be the old man's charm. But the pastries are pretty darn good that you turn a blind eye towards the service and come back for seconds. Yum. Yum.