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The Streets of Sevilla Spain


Last March we spent a month in Sevilla, Spain. We had heard that it was a beautiful and livable city yet didn’t know much more to expect other than that. To make a long story short - after a month - neither of us wanted to leave. The people were friendly, the city was beautiful, and the streets were very much alive. We walked around every day and were constantly amazed by the beauty of that city and the quality of life it offers.


After about our second week in Sevilla, we were sitting outdoors at a cafe and a couple sat down next to us. We engaged in conversation and after a bit, I asked the woman if she was enjoying her stay in Sevilla. Without hesitation, she replied, “through my work, I have lived in and visited some of the most highly regarded cities in the world - Paris, Rome, London, San Francisco, and New York - and easily, Sevilla is the most beautiful city I have been to.” After spending over 10 days walking the streets of this gorgeous city, all I could say in response was, “I absolutely agree!”


It is truly a joy to walk the streets of Sevilla. Its “old town” is the largest in Spain and one of the largest in all of Europe. At every turn there is a new winding street, a new point of discovery.


My philosophy when traveling is this: that the streets tell the story of a city. When you wander its streets and alleyways, you begin to feel like a local. As you enter lesser-known neighborhoods, you begin to experience its authenticity. I guess I am what the French call a “flaneur”. The social scientist, Blake Miner writes; “the word is difficult (nearly impossible) to translate from French. French-English dictionaries define a flâneur as someone who strolls, loafs, or idles, but that doesn’t do the term justice. Let’s think of the flâneur as a connoisseur of the street—a highly observant urban wanderer who takes in everything they see as they seek experiences that fuel their creative minds."


One of the big reasons we enjoy visiting European cities is that they often have central pedestrian-only streets (often in the old town) that are closed off to cars. Restaurant seating and shops can open their doors and spill onto the sidewalks, people congregate with friends, there are squares with fountains and benches, and street artists performing on the corners. It’s a festive and very livable environment. After being in Sevilla, it’s fair to say that it really is the gold standard for a pedestrianized city. It’s large but accessible. It’s safe, friendly, beautiful, and incredibly walkable . . .


I could go on and on about the streets of Sevilla, but better than any verbal description, I will just share photos with you from my morning walks around town. My words pale in comparison to what these images will convey. And besides, I’m off to do some more urban hiking. We have just arrived in Malaga, Spain where we will be spending the next 4 weeks, and it’s time for me to hit the streets. I will certainly share with you my strolls through Malaga a few blogs from now, but first, thank you for indulging me as I recollect the beauty and magic of Sevilla. Enjoy the visual feast.


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Although we raced around quite a bit on our trip, most of our time was spent walking and watching along the streets. Couldn’t agree with you more about wandering the streets. It truly gives one the feel and pulse of a place…and certainly agree with your female City-traveler about Sevilla…and your photos of it capture its beauty so well! Great job Simcha!

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tandthayes
tandthayes
Oct 21, 2022

Again, Simcha, your descriptions of Seville's alleys and photos amaze us. Oh, how we wish we could join you! Keep the writing and photos coming!

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Simcha
Simcha
Oct 21, 2022
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Thank you Terrell . . . and so good to hear from you. I really appreciate your following us and hearing from you. And oh yes, there is no holding back with the writing and photos. They will indeed keep coming your way. I hope all is well. Best to you.

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Amy Lynch
Amy Lynch
Oct 19, 2022

Oh my, what beauty! and to you my dear flaneurs, continue to connoisseur your way through Europe -- and life! Wen you get to it, I'd love posts about the preparations you made to make this shift. the practical stuff, and the mind shift!

Love!

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Simcha
Simcha
Oct 19, 2022
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Hi Amy . . . and great suggestion. I hope you are doing well.

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Fabulous! Thank you for sharing.

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Simcha
Simcha
Oct 19, 2022
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My pleasure Katie . . . and thanks for taking the time to read and view the article and images.

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jnebhut
jnebhut
Oct 18, 2022

I absolutely love reading what you and Carla have to share. Such open wonder is your password, it seems. I’m loving wandering with you. May I be a digital flaneur?

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Simcha
Simcha
Oct 18, 2022
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Thank you Judy. It's such a pleasure having you with us on this journey. It feels like you are right here with us. And no doubt, I think you'd make a wonderful digital flaneur - I like the adaptation.

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