Seville - The Beginning

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 xxxPhoto 29-04-2016IMG_3053Photo 30-04-2016Photo 30-04-2016-2Photo 30-04-2016-3Photo 30-04-2016-4Photo 30-04-2016-5Photo 30-04-2016-6Photo 30-04-2016-7Photo 30-04-2016-8Photo 30-04-2016-10Photo 30-04-2016-11Photo 30-04-2016-9Photo 30-04-2016-12IMG_3074Photo 30-04-2016-13Photo 30-04-2016-14Photo 30-04-2016-16Photo 30-04-2016-17Photo 30-04-2016-18Photo 30-04-2016-19Photo 30-04-2016-20Photo 29-04-2016-7Photo 29-04-2016-4Photo 29-04-2016-2Photo 29-04-2016-6Photo 30-04-2016-21Photo 30-04-2016-22Photo 30-04-2016-23Photo 30-04-2016-24