This afternoon, I met Lola and Albert for a drink at their favorite little bar near the Church of the Magdalena. When I arrived (in my shorts, T-shirt, and sandals) at the usually quiet corner, I was surprised to find a throng of stylishly and elegantly dressed people (all seemingly in their 20s) crowding the tall outside tables. It was a flamboyance of Spanish style. They had obviously just come from a wedding.
Jerry and I have commented often on the elegantly dressed women in the city. Just this morning while having breakfast downstairs at El Sanedrín, we noted couples strolling by on their way to weddings. Most of the women wear incredible headpieces that I had been calling hats (the type of headpiece sported by so many of the women at the recent royal wedding in London). We see them in specialty shop windows all over town. I learned from Albert and Lola today that these playful headpieces are not called hats (sombreros), they are tocados.
I have wanted to snap a picture several times, but have not wanted to offend anyone. Since, we were all now hanging out at the same bar, and since they all seemed so happy and relaxed, I decided to ask. Albert commented to one of the well-dressed guys — someone he knows — and he got the attention of his friends. In Spanish, I told the women that I had never seen such style as I now see among the women of Sevilla and I asked if they would mind if I took a picture. Not only did not they not mind, they stepped into the plaza and positioned themselves so the sun would be over my shoulder, and they posed for me. Later, another group posed for one of their friends. I ran over with my camera and they didn’t hesitate. Someone had just turned his car down the tiny street. He came to a stop, blocking traffic, and pulled out his phone to snap a picture as well. Everyone simply laughed and smiled for the camera.
I love the people of Sevilla!