Autumn has arrived. It’s my (San) favorite season for being the most beautiful season of the year, with yellow/red/orange leaves falling to the ground as trees prepare for the cold that will approach during winter. It’s the transitional time where the weather can be a bit confusing: when to wear coat and when to wear jacket; is it sunny outside or will it rain; should I wear my rain boots and waterproof jacket or should I just rock my favorite flat shoes with thin tights, a dress, and a leather jacket.
Foodwise, this is the perfect time for hot pancakes and fresh warm peppermint tea. Don’t forget the pumpkin soup that’s a must during the cold. I personally love pumpkin soup for dinner during the cold months, as they’re sweet yet very tasty; and they’re also the perfect match for a toast for with shredded mozzarella.
This is also the season of preparing yourself a nice trip for the end of the year. Most of you will be with your family during Christmas, but the winter holiday isn’t limited to only the Christmas night. We have the days after Christmas, New Year’s eve, and the holiday that follows.
In this post, we propose a really nice 2-day trip to Sevilla, Spain. Sevilla is a beautiful city in Southern Spain, with Mudejar architecture style and traditional Spanish houses lining up its city center. It’s relatively warm there so it’s the perfect destination for a winter trip. Its days might be a little too warm that tempts you to take off your jacket, but always take your jacket because the nights aren’t as friendly as the days.
We rented an apartment for 2 nights in the city center, in Plaza de la Alianza to be exact, between the cathedral and the fortified walls that protects the palace. Rather than a noisy place, it was tucked in a corner where not many people pass by, therefore giving a nice ambient to rest during the night. If you want to sleep, that is 😉
We arrived in the afternoon after a 4-hour drive from Madrid. Instead of resting, after storing our stuff, we took a stroll around the old town, following the tourist route in the tourist map that we picked up from the nearby tourist office.
We went straight from Plaza de la Alianza towards Plaza de Doña Elvira. This plaza had cafés and souvenir shops, and its benches were decorated with ceramic tiles (well, most of Sevilla’s public benches are decorated like that). From there, we went through Calle Vida towards Calle Agua, which were small passageways beside the royal gardens and the fortified walls. It was really nice strolling past old buildings. My favorite feature would be their doors, which were decorated oh-so-pretty!
By the end of the stroll, we reached Paseo de Catalina de Ribera, where there was a huge park that housed the Columbus monument. We continued walking down Avenida Menéndez Pelayo towards Avenida el Cid, passing by Plaza Don Juan de Austria.
The stroll was really amazing, in terms of enjoying the city that you’re in. And another plus was that the stroll took us to the famous Plaza de España, which we will cover in our next post 🙂