We are here again with more stories. Beverly and Bruce didn’t come to learn Spanish in Sevilla, but they are enjoying the vibe of the city and boosting their language knowledge without effort as it is getting into them through the senses.

We had another wonderful day together in one of the most emblematic places of the city. My own “barrio” (neighbourhood). Walking its streets, joining the city life and participating in local activity. We started our Paseo in the oldest street market of Sevilla.

Calle Feria (formerly named calle ancha) is one of the streets with more personality of the city. Its name was precisely taken by this street market celebrated every thursday since October 18th 1254. This street and its sorroundings is traditionally associated with crafts and artisans activity of a wide range.

Important personalities were born in this barrio, namely the great Torero (bull-fighter) Juan Belmonte (1892) and one of the fathers of Spanish Art: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617).

It belongs to the Parroquia Omnium Sanctorum (all saints church built in XII century), as the spiritual figure of this area.

It was drizzling a bit but not enough to stop the barrio lively activity last thursday. After a walk by the market, we went into the church for some rest and peace. Its thick romanic walls gave us shelter during the short shower falling.

In the same block you find the church, the “Mercado de Abastos” (food market) and the Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba which holds a permanent exposition about Mudejar Art and, sometimes, other cultural shows and exhibitions.

Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba

After the slow walk we took, we headed to the old food market where we interacted with locals ending up in one of the taverns that surround the beautiful setting. We did some bar hopping for tasting the different tapas & wines which are serverd in the varied near locations. I think bruce’s fav was the authentic secret recipy of fried and marinated partridges, but the other place specialised in Codfish wasn’t less celebrated by the three of us.

Inside the Mercado

It is not the first time I show my Barrio (where I grew up) to foreign people. If you want to learn more about our visit, just go to their blog to cross-check views at http://bevbrucelexi.blogspot.com.es/

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in this kind of approach to enjoy the charms of Sevilla everyday life with me.

And, of course, Thanks again Bev & Bruce.

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