The glorious weather continued in Seville and the weather gods smiled upon us, sending sunny weather for our entire four-day stay.
Sauntering through the winding, narrow streets of Seville pondering what was inside the mysterious, brightly painted buildings, we came to Casa de Pilatos, an Andalusian palace. Casa de Pilatos is the current home of Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba y Fernández de Henestrosa, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli. (Wow, that’s a lot of names!). Constructed approximately in 1529, it’s a curious combination of Renaissance, Gothic, and Spanish Mudejar architecture. The entrance is a Renaissance style marble gate and inside is a series of buildings with beautiful, intricate tile work and open arched windows with vistas of the alluring courtyards and gardens. We especially enjoyed the serene gardens with abundant Mediterranean greenery.
After the history and antiquity of Casa de Pilatos, we visited one of the newest and modern structures in Seville. Metropol Parasol, built in 2011, is a series of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms (It is sometimes referred to as the Big Mushroom) measuring 490 by 230 feet and 85 feet height. It is the largest wooden structure in the world and was designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann. It houses a food market, a restaurant on top with views of the city, and an Antiquarium with Roman and Moorish ruins.
The contrast of the ultra modern structure against the old quarter of the city is striking and I had a ball shooting photos from all different angles. We went to the top and walked the maze-line walkways, admiring the spectacular views of the city.
Casa de Pilatos
Plaza de Pilatos, 1 41003
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.