Sunday, 15 December 2013

Seville

Seville has been a beautiful experience, the sun has shone and in the main squares it was 20 degrees, but since the summer shimmers at a startling 40 degree plus average temperature, the streets are built to maximise wind tunnel and shade.
The architecture is so diverse that it is almost a Disney land small world adventure (except for the fact that the buildings are each more huge than the next).  As the various invaders settled here from Romans to Visigoths to Byzantines to Moors, they each determined to leave a bigger impression than the previous.  The result is the most spectacular melting pot of styles.
The local inhabitants dress to reflect the stylish surroundings, and it is the older generation that leave the best impression. Immaculately turned out swarthy men with white hair, coloured cords, Oxford shirts and suede bomber jackets, and perfectly coiffed ladies sporting vintage furs and elegant court shoes seem to inhabit every restaurant, cafe and bar from dawn until dusk.
I am not sure if we arrived at some kind of festival time, but everyone seems to party here all of the time.
The children are all beautiful in cashmere coats with velvet collars and matching round toed shoes that come in every colour under the sun.
Thank goodness I didn't have a daughter or I might just have broken the bank in my stay.
The credit card got a bit of a hammering, but more on that later.
I never take enough pics, but these will serve of a reminder of some of what we saw..

















15 comments:

  1. Seville certainly looks and sounds beautiful I will have to go one day x

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    1. It was fabulous, it was partly your recommendations about Spain that made me so keen to go!

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  2. I love Seville, I wanted to go to Spanish woman grooming classes when I was there, they were all so stunning.

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  3. I couldn't agree more, the teenagers just hanging out after school were like a Pantene ad. I told my son to find a wife there, all those good genes to choose from!

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  4. Oh you went!! Love it and your description of the Spanish men and children made me smile...... I love how they dress their children. Xx we are spending New Year with some Spanish friends who live in England ......

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    1. it was great, hope you had a fabe new year!

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  5. In one of your previous posts you were shocked by how angora is obtained. I believe you also have a shearling coat and old furs and now you are talking about how lovely cashmere is. Think you should read this article as a lot of what you wear and talk about is not cruelty free at all. Clothes are made by children and people living in terrible conditions in other countries. Just think that before articles are referred to in blogs the blog writer needs to fully educate themselves in the subject.

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    1. I was hoping that the stuff in Seville was all humane, as it is made in Spain and not China. I accept that it is hypocritical to 'like' fur and be shocked at angora, my only defense is that the only fur that I 'like/accept' is vintage and was produced very differently to the horrors of today. For me to burn/destroy a fur would be even more disrespectful to the poor creature that had its life taken to produce the clothing. It's like eating meat, I was veggie for years, but was never healthy, I eat meat again now and have more energy, but I will NEVER throw any part of it away and won't let my kids leave it on their plate. I rage against the machine by buying everything that I can second hand, it has to be the 'greenest' way to approach consumerism. I would rather pay twice as much in a Charity shop than buy everything brand new from Primark. But I spend a fortune on food in the hope that the animals involved have had proper life not just an existence.
      But what is the answer, unfortunately it is always children and animals who suffer if everyone wants 'new' and 'cheaper' and 'more'?

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  6. http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/animals-used-skins/
    here is the link.

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    1. To add to above, I don't buy second hand fur, the point is, I think older ladies in pre 1960s furs look very elegant. However, for me younger women in mink etc don't. I was assured the Shearling that I had was a byproduct, ie the animal was killed for meat first and the skin was a secondary product, to me this differs from other types of fur where the poor creature is bred only for its skin.

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  7. I had a look at the link Anonymous sent......not good. So I had a further look around the web and found this link regarding how Ugg boots are made by sheep treated inhumanely. They remove the skin of the sheep with the wool so that the wool on the boot is still attached to the sheep. Awful. And of course the sheep dies in the process according the the article. Definitely agree that your posting of the Angora treatment is only the tip of the iceberg and that in fact a lot of the clothes and shoes and bags that people buy began life on some creature that will be treated badly so people can have their luxuries. I suppose most people just don't bother finding out about these things or turn a blind eye because they just like the "lovely" things. What do you think?

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    1. Sorry forgot to add the link that I found

      http://www.shefinds.com/2013/hey-ugg-diehards-will-you-still-wear-the-sheepskin-boots-now/?utm_source=crowdignite.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=crowdignite.com

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    2. That is awful, I had never heard that before and such bad publicity for UGG, whose biggest market should be the very people who would care most about this kind of atrocity.
      I don't understand why this isn't more well-known, how on earth have they kept it quiet?
      I was considering getting some UGGs, about the only thing that wouldn't be worth picking up second hand, but now I won't touch them.

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  8. Wow! can't believe you are in my "adopted" town. Have lived there for the last 13 years and now live between Sevilla and London. Wish I knew you were going. I could have recommended some great places to eat…..and shop ;-)
    Hope you had a good time and good weather (can be touch and go sometimes in December).

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    1. We'll definitely be back, I will drop you a line next time! We loved it, you are very lucky to live there, I thought it was magical!

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