Our first days in Sevilla (Seville, Spain) – the Mushrooms

We entered Sevilla late at night by cab and could not be driven to our apartment as it is in an area with streets so narrow that no cars are allowed (or possible).  We were met by our wonderful Airbnb hosts Simbad and Marta who walked us across the Plaza de la Encarnacion to our shared apartment.

Sevilla is even more compact that Florence.  In getting to our apartment we walk through one street opening less than 4 feet wide.  Our apartment is very secure with two gates to enter and an apartment door to unlock.  As I write this we have been here more than a week and we have never felt safer in a big city.  Sevilla is well lit if not always well marked.

We are less than 100 yards from a landmark, the Plaza de la Encarnacion. Some Spaniards call it the mushrooms or the parasols.


Under the mushrooms you can find mushrooms and a complete farmers market of vegetables, fruits and meat.  This is one stand out of a dozen or more on one level of the mushroom.


imageThe kids play on the railings and slide down some of the supports for the mushroom.  We also saw them sliding down escalator rails while the escalators were not moving.  Spain seems to have fewer rules about what is safe and I never saw a single parent scold a child around safety (they did snatch up toddlers who were ambling towards the street.


Once again we found a good, central location.  The Airbnb site with its map of major attractions overlaid with approximate locations of the places to rent is the best tool we have for planning where to stay.

Author: talks2trees

I'm a recent writer and retired teacher. Married for more than half my life to Ariana I am content now to travel with her to warm places while snow swirls around our home in upstate NY where we live two houses away from my son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Our daughter lives just a block away so our decision to travel is not without a consequence. However we have taken very few vacations in our married life so this journey, that starts in Costa Rica, is very new.

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