White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Out and About, Centro, Arenal, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

I like fountains - this one is at the Puerta de Jerez. Year-around fountains are a feature of a climate that doesn't ever have a hard freeze. I'll keep than in mind in my never-ending search for the "perfect" place to live.

Here's another Flamenco trio at Puerta de Jerez - hardly a day passes without seeing and/or hearing the music out in the open or wafting through an open door or window. I'm still seeking to make an image of a Flamenco dancer's spinning, billowing skirt. I want a BIG billow with some blurring, a perfect background, a brilliant smile, great lighting......the search continues.

Flowers bloom in the garden at Puerta de Jerez, this view is towards the Avenida de la Constitución. The bicyclist at right pedals along one of the many marked and dedicated bike lanes in the city.

An inside corridor at the University of Seville through which we took a short cut.

Arches, arches, and more arches - also at the University.

An art display at the University.

Heading back towards home, this street performer near the Cathedral seemingly defies gravity.

This restaurant doesn't have enough sidewalk for tables but, they can still squeeze in one outdoor table in an alcove.

Later, we had tapas here at El Baratillo, which posts a wide variety of tapas selections. Most are for the non-vegan palate but, there were enough vegetables and beans to keep us happy, too.

The restaurant is near the bullring and I think these are some of the former participants. Again, bullfights don't fit my vegan philosophy but, they are an integral part of the Andalusian culture.

We were among the first to be seated at about 8:10pm but, an hour later, there was not a free table in the house.  The place was hoppin'.  Dinner between about 8:30pm and 11:30pm seems the norm in this city. It is still remarkable how lively this city is - it is not really busy tourist season - this is how local people live - eating, drinking, walking, laughing, making music, out late.  Not like my home in Massachusetts where most folks are in for the night by sunset. I think it has to do with the split day lifestyle here. Shops are open from about 9am to 1pm, then close until 5pm for lunch and rest, then open again until 9pm after which is dinner. That's the way they live. Doesn't leave much time to be a couch-potato.  Salud!

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