There really are very few straight lines in Sevilla. Well, that’s not entirely true. There are many straight lines in Sevilla. Each one, however, is brief and connects with another straight line going in an entirely different direction.
|PUERTA DE CARMONA. ONE BLOCK AWAY FROM OUR HOTEL.|
|STATUE OF THE ARTIST FRANCISCO DE ZURBARAN. PLAZA DE LOS PILATOS.
IT TOOK US 25 MINUTES TO FIND IT IN JANUARY. WE WERE ALWAYS 5 MINUTES AWAY.
Adding to the confusion of the crooked streets is the fact that streets change their names constantly. It’s no wonder we keep ending up at the Metropol Parasol when we think we’re heading to the river
|PASSING THE HOSTAL ATENAS. CARS AND PEDESTRIANS TAKE TURNS.|
|AFTER DODGING THE CARS, FOLLOWING THAT ALLEY ON THE RIGHT.|
I finally, four days ago, figured out a shortcut when walking between our hotel and our apartment. It’s only taken me the better part of a month. It’s a much more pleasant walk and cuts out quite a bit of ground.
|AT THE ENTRY TO THE ALLEY. IGLESIA SAN ILDEFONSO. BEGUN IN 1794.|
|ONLY PEDESTRIANS DOWN THIS ALLEY. CHURCH OF SAN PEDRO BECKONS.
BUILT BY THE MOORS AND MODERNIZED IN THE LATE 1300s.
I thought I had it all figured out a few times in recent weeks by studying the map before leaving the hotel. But those shortcuts always doubled my travel time. The photos taken on my walk today clearly illustrate why it takes so long to get somewhere.
|I WAS HOPING THAT THIS STREET MIGHT TAKE ME SOMEWHERE.|
Four days ago I decided to head down the tiny pedestrian alley that I always knew for certain would not take me where I needed to go. And there I was!
|SO NARROW AT ONE POINT, MY SHOULDERS NEARLY TOUCH BOTH WALLS.
AT THE END OF THIS SHORT “STREET” IS THE METROPOL PARASOL.
AFTER THAT, IT ALL MAKES SENSE… TO ME AT LEAST.