Town Mouse

Oranges, sun­shine and fla­menco

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

WE took the op­por­tu­nity of half-term for a long fam­ily week­end in Seville. Ex­chang­ing the Fe­bru­ary gloom of Lon­don for warmth, sun­shine and or­ange trees was an un­mit­i­gated de­light, but it wasn’t just the weather that amazed. Seville felt such a calm and friendly city and its cul­tural riches are as­ton­ish­ing. In pur­suit of them, we ruth­lessly trudged our way around the Al­cázar, nu­mer­ous palaces, churches and the cav­ernous cathe­dral, the largest medieval church in the world. All clearly re­flect the New World wealth that poured into the city.

The chil­dren fi­nally mu­tinied at the Hos­pi­tal de la Cari­dad, which one of them—un­justly, con­sid­er­ing the rav­ish­ing Baroque chapel with its paint­ings (sev­eral of the Muril­los are copies, the orig­i­nals hav­ing been looted by Mar­shal Soult dur­ing the Napoleonic oc­cu­pa­tion)—de­clared to be ‘so bor­ing that I would rather have vis­ited a mu­seum’. Their re­ward came in ice cream and an elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mance of fla­menco. They were un­cer­tain as to whether this last was a treat or a trick, but their re­sponse was en­thu­si­as­tic. Ever since, it has been im­pos­si­ble to move with­out the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of stamp­ing, clap­ping, slap­ping and finger snap­ping. It cer­tainly en­livened the jour­ney back, but I’m in­wardly hop­ing the en­thu­si­asm is short-lived. JG

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