The Torre del Oro in Seville, Spain, is a remnant of the Moorish history that is intertwined into southern Spain. Built in the year 1220 with lime and straw mortar, along the the Guadalquivir River, it served to protect Seville from attacks. After Fernando III of Castile conquered the city in 1248, the tower was abandoned for a long time. In 1755, the Lisbon earthquake caused serious damage to the structure and plans were made to take it down a few years later, but it was saved due to inhabitants of the city protesting against its removal. Again it faced demolition during the Spanish Revolution of 1868, but was saved another time by city inhabitants. Today it serves as a nautical museum.
Aside from it’s 800 year history, it’s a beautifully impressive landmark that glimmers along the river, and is an excellent meeting place to enjoy a bocadillo sitting along the steps that lead down to the Guadalquivir!
I surprised my wife on New Year’s Eve with this watercolor painting, which is of her sitting in the water almost 12 years ago in Formentera. Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands, which are a part of Spain.
As I’ve written about before, the oranges on the streets in Sevilla, Spain, are one of the magical things I love about the city. Ever since the first time I went there almost 11 years ago, in February 2004, I always think of the scent of oranges by the time February rolls around here in the United States. Every time I eat an orange, the smell reminds me of Sevilla. It’s just a beautiful thing to have fruit trees planted all over a city!
This watercolor painting is of a sunny street full of oranges in Sevilla:
When my wife and I were on vacation in Sevilla, Spain, a few weeks ago, we saw several boutique shops full of colorful flamenco dresses. I imagine they all do a great business during the time leading up to La Feria de Abril (April Fair)! La Feria de Abril is a huge annual event held in Sevilla, known for its music, dancing, food, men dressed in suits and women dressed in flamenco dresses.