Thursday 24 January 2008

Postcard from Seville

The Britten Sinfonia blog has always had two underlying, occasional themes: architecture and matters gastronomic. Well today, with an hour or so to spare in Seville before going to the airport to move on to Barcelona, these themes came together: lunch outside in the square next to the east end of the Cathedral and the incomparable Giraldo tower. The sunshine helped, as did sitting under an orange tree replete with fruit (I had a couple of opportunities of experiencing what Newton noticed as I ate). It is the kind of situation where you would not mind if the chips were soggy (actually, the sole was excellent), but El Giraldilla is worth a visit for its food alone. I suspect, in the height of summer, you cannot get a table for love nor money. But in January, there are not too many tourists about: although I did see a group of Koreans trying to come to terms with the cultural crunch of Christianity and Islam, signified in adjacent centuries-old buildings.

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