Monday, 11 February 2019

Our Weekend in Sevilla

View from the Setas sculpture 
I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

We're both pretty exhausted today after a long weekend exploring the gorgeous Spanish city of Sevilla. Dave's family flew out from the UK so we rented a lovely Airbnb apartment for everyone. It's five years since Dave and I last visited Seville so there were a few places, like the amazingly tiled Plaza de Espana and the beautiful historic Real Alcazar, that we were keen to share. This time around we also toured the Setas sculpture - huge wooden mushrooms with a skyline walkway around them! - and got to see a stunning dance show at the Museo de Flamenco.

A significant proportion of our time seemed to be spent sampling delicious tapas and simply wandering around soaking up the Spanish sun and atmosphere. Perfect! A few foodie recommendations for your own Seville visit, should you be planning one, are:
Bar Patanatas - for good traditional tapas.
Arte y Sabor - a fusion restaurant with a great choice of vegan or vegetarian dishes as well as a meaty menu.
Cafe Piola - for the best hot chocolate, plus cocktails and excellent cake for Dave.
El Paladar - a tiny restaurant so get there as they open if you can. Amazing stacked vegan burger and excellent vegan lasagna, plus good meat menu too.
Of all the places we stopped to eat, I think El Paladar was my favourite. It's got a brilliant atmosphere and the waiter's explanation of the menu (mostly in English, occasionally in mime) was great fun!

In bookish news, Reem at Kotobee got in touch this week to let me know about the book fairs section on their blog. Apparently every international book fair is listed here and it looks like we could spend the whole year doing nothing else but touring them!

Giveaways closing soon
11th Feb: Win an ebook of The Night Knight by C H Clepitt
14th Feb: Win an audiobook of Ink by Jobie Baldwin
14th Feb: Win a $10 Amazon gift card to celebrate the publication of A New World - Contact by M D Neu
16th Feb: (post 14th Feb) Win a signed copy of The Ghostly Father by Sue Barnard

(All current giveaways here)

On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
January Challenges WrapUp and Bookish Bingo
#WorldReads - Five Books From Northern Ireland
#Veganuary Food Diary - Week Five and Wrapup
Cover Characteristics - Swimming

Literary Flits
How To Create A Vegan World by Tobias Leenaert nonfiction review
Salt of the Earth by Jozef Wittlin historical fiction review
A New World - Contact by M D Neu Spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
How to Lose a Country by Ece Temelkuran nonfiction review
White Walls And Straitjackets by David Owain Hughes horror review
The Swooping Magpie by Liza Perrat historical fiction review
Love In No Man's Land by Duo Ji Zhuo Ga romantic epic review

Airing Out
None this week

Alcazar palace ceiling 
Tile motifs in the Alcazar 

street art in Sevilla 


  1. Sampling delicious food sounds fun.

  2. Wow looks like an amazing place. I love getting travel tips too so I made a note of El Paladar and Bar Patanatas in case I ever make it there. :)

    1. Sevilla is one of my favourite cities. It's got a great relaxed atmosphere :-)

  3. Your pictures and descriptions of the food entice me! Seville is a place I need to see! :)

    1. Oh yes! Fabulous city for a weekend visit, or longer :-)

  4. I'm so glad you shared your visit to Seville with us. Now I'm hungry for tapas. :)

    1. Tapas is absolutely the best way to eat. Lots of delicious little starter dishes so no chance of getting bored with any one flavour!

  5. This looks amazing! We were going to go last time I was in Spain but the plan didn't work out and we couldn't squeeze it in. It's definitely on the list for sure x


    1. I hope you do get to visit Sevilla one day soon. I thought it was such an interesting city with a great mix of ancient and new architecture, arts and, of course, food!

  6. I need to go here, it looks fantastic. What amazing architecture!! Perfect. x

    1. We had a great time, mostly just wandering the streets and plazas. I love the huge wooden doorways and getting glimpses into hidden courtyards

  7. Wow. I am loving living vicariously through your photos and descriptions and also the eats. Thank you for sharing! Anne - Books of My Heart

  8. Thank you for sharing your travels..i love seeing other sights and things. glad you had a fantastic if not tiring adventure. That is the best kind of tired.

    1. Absolutely! I always sleep best after a busy sightseeing day :-)

  9. That art is so cool! I’d love to see it in real life. (And I'd love to eat the food, of course.)

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Spanish street art is my favourite of all I've seen so far. There's so much talent and murals are actually commissioned by the local councils for public spaces