Next stop - Seville 🍊.I took the high speed train 🚄 - and arrived in Seville 5 hours later, passing through many olive groves 🌳.I really like Seville 🍊. The sunshine ☀️ helped a lot, but it really is just a rather lovely place. At the centre, surrounding the cathedral ⛪️, the streets are mainly pedestrianised - and there are endless little bars 🍹and restaurants 🍜 lining the streets - and orange 🍊🌳 trees everywhere. It is rather wonderful 😊.I was there with the Islington Choral Society 🎶 - I would like to make it clear that I DO NOT SING 🎤❌ - but know someone who does and I was there as support / enjoying a trip to Seville 💃. The choir were about 100 strong, and I think we may have completely taken over the hotel. Everyone was very excited - there were many mentions as to how brilliant the last trip to Perugia was. There were to be two concerts - one in Seville 🍊 and one in Cordoba 🏰.We all visited the Real Alcazar 🏤- the main palace in Seville. This may have been my favourite place we visited - the palace is a interesting mix of styles from different eras, the first part we went into has bright orange and yellow tiles in floral designs 🍊🍋💐- the second part is Moorish 🏰 - tiles in geometric patterns ◽️◾️. And I loved the gardens 🌳 - tiles 🔷♦️ everywhere still, with palm trees 🌴 and roses 🌹 and many archways 🏰.The concert 🎶was in the church of Santa Maria Magdalena ⛪️ - and there had been many mutterings along the lines of - 'no one is actually going to turn up ....' however, when we got to the church it was full to the brim, mass had just taken place and NO ONE left👫👬👭. The huge, very ornate church was packed - and they stayed listening to the whole of Mozart's Requiem 😯🎶. Apparently local tv 📺had been plugging Islington Choral Society and people had turned up specially to listen 👏. There was a lot of celebration after - the biggest audience ever 🍻!Alice xxx
Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex was created in the 1900s and surrounds a striking Tudor Mansion built in 1598. The garden is perfect for an afternoon stroll with each area of the garden designed in a unique style.
The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden close to the house is particularly attractive at this time of year, boasting over 100 varieties of David Austin roses which sit prettily alongside the blue nepeta.
The Italian Garden
The peaceful Italian Garden is perfect for quiet reflection. The formal lay-out, with a pool at the centre surrounded by pots of agapanthus and geraniums is offset by a view out over the surrounding countryside.
The Round Dell
The Round Dell really is sub-tropical, with bananas and towering palm trees, perfect to lose yourself in for a few moments although rather a relief once you emerge and realise you are not lost in the rainforest but rather a garden in the Sussex countryside.Dress: Mela Love London; Hat: Vintage Herald and Heart; Shoes: JuJu.Photography: Sarah BrayPhotographed at Borde Hill Garden