Our three-week stay in Jerez de la Frontera was relaxed and always interesting. Why would we want to leave, even for a day? One of the most important sites in Spain was a day trip away: the Alcázar in Seville. The Alcázar is the oldest royal palace still being used by a royal family in Europe and has the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We decided to devote a full day to seeing the Alcázar – and what we might discover.
We started in the garden with our friends, Jo and Pam, and took the usual photo in the most perfect of settings. Love that bench!
We wandered through the garden and enjoyed seeing the plantings, the maze, the birds, but discovered it was the people watching that we became most interested in.
In one of the small garden buildings, we caught a glimpse of a couple who had been posing in their wedding finery.
We delayed exploring the main buildings at the Alcázar when we noticed a staircase leading up to a raised walkway.
The views out over the garden were splendid.
Looking down from above, we admired the sculpted bushes and plantings. It was a delight watching the children play as they (kind of) kept up with their parents. But who was that with a long white jacket on the path by the fountain?
A dark-haired woman came into view carrying a canvas in one hand and a coffee in the other. Where was she going?
The dark-haired woman headed straight back to stand by the blond woman in the long white jacket. We couldn’t see the canvas, now displayed on the easel. “Just move over,” we muttered under our breaths.
And just then, as if she had heard us, the dark-haired woman did move and we saw a canvas with tall palm trees and a turquoise blue sky. The mystery had been solved.
It was an interesting morning: viewing the formal gardens of the Alcázar and trying to understand its grand design, while at the same time, observing other visitors and trying to understand their interaction with the garden.
Next up: stepping inside the Alcázar of Seville…..to be continued….