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Old March 10th, 2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2009 SEVILLE Photo Collection

I went to Spain in 2008 (Madrid, Toledo, Segovia) and enjoyed 3 days of blue skies, and hopes of lovely weather drew me back in 2009. It was actually the idea of our HK forumers in London, and I happily invited myself to it. I wasn't actually planning to cover Spain in my 2009 Euro trip, but this was too good to miss.

1. Surprisingly, London had a great day as well. Thanks to Ryanair, it didn't even cost 40 pounds.



2. Welcome!



3. The BBC weather forecast originally predicted thunderstorms and rain all weekend, which seemed strange for that part of Spain. I heard this city gets quite hot in the summer, reaching 40C, but September proved to be a lovely time to visit. Not a single drop of rain fell during my stay.



4. The architecture is a bit different from what you see further north.





6. The bay window is quite ornate, and with so few openings, probably works well to keep the summer heat out.







9. This is the Spain I remembered. Beautiful sunshine and nice strolls.









13. This looks like Moorish influence.





15. White covers above streets is a very common sight in the narrow city streets, and in this square as well. I guessed it was also an anti-heat measure to keep the intense summer sun off the streets, but not to the extent to let all light out.





17. This looks more like the rest of Europe.











22. Seville's historic core is quite big, and it was fun getting lost in the streets. The surprises come up randomly, which is great. I couldn't rely on the map for everything.





24. White tarp in practice.









28. I noticed the colours on the walls are also quite light, which I suppose is also for reflecting the hot summer sun.





30. Another good anti-heat measure on the windows.















37. The building top looks a bit Russian, while the blue tiles look Portuguese. I'm confused.











42. I was most impressed with the landscaping .. but all these were tucked inside homes, where courtyards had plenty of plant life.











More in the next part. The whole set is also on my website.
http://www.globalphotos.org/seville.htm
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Old March 10th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #2
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great photos i visited Seville myself last summer and i have to say its an absolutely beautiful city! id glady go back.
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Old March 10th, 2010, 09:04 PM   #3
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Great shots, Sevilla is beautiful. And yes, very typical of Andalucia to have those nicely tucked-away terraces with plants and such.
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Old March 11th, 2010, 12:41 PM   #4
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Great set HKskyline. I'm a big fan of the city as well. The old center is so well taken care of.
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Old March 11th, 2010, 07:28 PM   #5
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Seville and especially in the center of the city is really very nice
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Old March 18th, 2010, 06:07 PM   #6
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47. The beautiful sun never disappointed. The bright colours shone nicely against the sky.





49. I tried capturing more of these courtyards. There were lots of them, but trying to get a decent photo without forcing my way in was difficult.















56. A lot of motorcycles, but they weren't common within the narrow, cobblestone streets.













62. The tram line shares the same level as pedestrians. Watch out!





64. Tapas .. so lovely, and so economical. 16 euros bouht all this!



























77. Despite the densely-packed buildings, the sun was able to reach the ground at certain times of the day.













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a great city!!!
I'm always fascinated with those narrow streets
and buildings with unique designs.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 08:05 PM   #8
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84. Plaza de Espana showcases the grandeur of a Seville monument.





86. Unlike the Portuguese, the Spanish blend a few more colours on top of the blue and white motif.







89. It appears each region gets its own tile design.





91. Now this is an awesome sight.













97. I was expecting Torre Del Oro to give a good overview of Seville's skyline. It wasn't particularly high, but hopefully enough to clear the rooftops.



98. The view was only so-so, with that crane really destroying the atmosphere.





100. Looks a bit Indian ...











105. The museum inside was quite interesting though.



106. Immerse in history. Wish my skyline shot could've been more authentic like these ones :





108. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

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Great thread, loved the details on the Plaza de Espaņa tiles, such a beautiful work of art!
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109. We came across a free admission day for the Catedral, and made our way up the tower for some great views of the city.























120. The rooftop terrace looks quite nice. I suppose the white walls are meant to deflect the intense summer heat.





















130. Plaza de Espana is visible in the distance.










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