García-Orrico–Spring in Santa Cruz, Sevilla–Page No. 2
of those prayers and persecution that conformed their future, and where now antiques’shops welcome experts and amateurs alike.A cold beer and a
tapa de jamón serrano
fill the first break in the working day ofmost sevillanos, who very often replace their meals by several tapas. In the
Plaza de losVenerables
, a little square that receives its name from an old convent turned into amuseum that features Easter celebrations in Sevilla, there is a tavern that gathers localsand foreigners alike, the
mesón de los jamones
, and welcomes its visitors under a curtain of
that hang from the ceiling.“Life went slow, one could talk to his friends, events were easy to understand,nobody was in a hurry,” says an old man recalling the past as he sits in the late afternoonsun at one of the tables outside the
Hostal del Laurel
, once home to Miguel de Cervantes.Bells toll and he tells us he has to leave to meet his wife at the cathedral gate to go to hismother-in-law’s for dinner. The next stop for tapas is
, another tavern in anarrow alley, where students talk about the next holidays after their exams are over,surrounded by mosaics and ironworks.Once the sun disappears, the
leave their homes and join the springevening, and wander along the alleys.
"Pandite nunc Helicona, Deae, et cantus movete,"
said Jose Blanco White, a British-Spanish writer, paraphrasing Virgil, as he arrived in Sevilla in 1806. And indeed, the silenceof the alleys is broken by the magic of the mixture of the
and the flamenco guitars inthe
Plaza de doña Elvira
, where stone benches, geraniums and a finely crafted iron cross meetthe furtive glances of the plaza’s inhabitants and by-passers in the late hours of the evening.Here, courting and provocation show the timid steps of a group of teenagers who,intoxicated by dreams, beer and the sweetness of the
, mix with the night in ritualdancing, at the rhythm of a
that shatters the silence; one of many types of flamenco,the sevillana is danced in four steps reminiscent of the steps in courting --perceiving,
Arab-built royal palace
small portion of food; Jamón –ham–serrano refers to the procedure of drying the pork leg in the cold, bathedin salt, in the mountains, especially famous is the one from Jabugo, town of the South West of Spain
Goddesses! Open Mount Helicon and inspire canticles (Helicon was home to the muses). Eneid, Book VII.