White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

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

Friday, March 11, 2016

Out and About, Centro, Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville, Andalusia, Spain

We chose this sidewalk restaurant along the street across from the University for lunch. There are at least ten restaurants along this stretch and they aggressively vie for attention as you try to walk along. Some are as aggressive as a carnival barker.

Our hunt is always the same - trying to find vegan foods in this ham and seafood-centric environment. It is often difficult but, many places will at least have spinach and garbanzo beans as a last resort. I have eaten more spinach in the past four weeks than I have in my entire previous life.

The waitress touted their great grilled veggies so we each ordered a full plate - no tapas served at midday here. Midday, people are more in a hurry and it takes the kitchen staff less time to make ten full plates than thirty little tapas plates - not to mention the serving and picking up part by the waitstaff.  I have noticed that most places use a very minimum number of employees and they must hustle unbelievably fast. I'd like to see their step count at the end of a shift!

Here are the left-overs - I was going to wipe the plate clean but ran out of bread. The setting was great, too. It was one of those times when passing clouds made it cool for a moment (put on the sweater), then the blazing sun would come out (take off the sweater). It was perfect, "great to be alive weather." A strolling flamenco guitarist added the icing to the cake of life.

What is different about this bar/restaurant in the Barrio Santa Cruz? If you guessed that they have no pig legs dangling from the ceiling you would be correct - although there are a very few hanging on the columns at left.

A great old wall for a portrait in the Barrio Santa Cruz.

A wordy street sign - try to say that quickly when giving directions. (Translation: Our Father Jesus of Health Plaza). Spain in general and Seville in particular is overwhelmingly Catholic so it is common to see religious place names.

Sunset silhouettes on the Triana Bridge.

The Triana Bridge (actual name Puente Isabel II) from the Centro side at dusk.

A concrete sculpture on the Centro side of the river. This man was taking notes and measurements for some project. I liked the light and shadows. The Triana neighborhood is across the river, visible in the fading daylight. Beautiful scenes are easy to find in this vibrant city.

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