Holy week in Seville and in fact Andalusia as a whole is unlike anything iv ever experienced to date. Last year we travelled a lot and saw some incredible places but one of the most unique experiences was right on my doorstep... (rather, a couple of hours drive away)
We rolled into Seville on Thursday evening of holy week and although we visit Seville often (more posts here) I have never seen the city quite like this.
Seville during the holidays is absolutely buzzing with excitement and anticipation. We really didn't know what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised by the exciting, warm and family orientated atmosphere. The overwhelming feeling of goodwill was intoxicating
The streets are lined with family's dressed in their best passing around tapas. Gentlemen in their finest suits, Ladies all in black, topped off with lace mantillas (A mantilla is a traditional Spanish lace or silk veil or shawl worn over the head and shoulder) and it my life’s ambition to wear one. They are so elegant!
Even the streets and balcony's are dressed for the occasion!
You don't have to search for long to find a procession. They are happening all over the city at different locations. You’ll know one is about to happen by the gathering crowds...
From the photos, you'd be forgiven for thinking that its all a bit sinister but I can assure you the vibe is so lovely. The Nazarinos can look somewhat intimidating, but its so funny when one of them brakes character.
Nothing quite prepared us for the first procession we saw. A giant float covered in fresh roses carried by some very strong men to the sound of a live band made the hair on the back of my neck stand to attention.
Trust me, it was no easy feat navigating such a giant structure through the crowds and small tight roads of Seville.
And in between the processions, the crowds all pile into the bars for wine and tapas
And when you're done, you'll find the next procession!
As the evening turns into night the processions become more and more magical and mysterious. I don't think i'll ever forget the memories of late night procession spotting in Seville. Its almost other worldly and I doubt there is an experience that comes close. And I might have even fallen more in love with Spain
I remember being so amazed that something so deeply cultural and historic was still so alive today. It felt like id stepped into another century.
Be prepared to stay out all night and not even notice how late it is...
Have you ever experienced Semana santa?
El hombre and I are total foodies, and are always looking for new places to try. Barcelona, has become somewhere that we've had some of our most incredible and interesting food experiences in. It seems to me that its a city totally on its gastronomic game right now.
Last year we had the most incredible experience at Moments, Mandarin Oriental. This year one of the new restaurants we tried was Lasarte
So far its been our experience that Spanish fine dining is manages to get the balance between elegance, refinement and guest comfortably perfectly right. Some Michelin star restaurants can be incredibly intimidating. But not Lasarte. You feel fabulously taken care of but also at ease enough to really enjoy the experience. Quite a rarity in a 3 Michelin star restaurant (Barcelona's 1st, I might add )
Each dish was not only absolutely beautiful, but beautifully presented. Even my cocktail was handcrafted right at our table creating quite the spectacle.
We started with Jalapeno foam with razor and liquorice Ice cream appetiser
For starter I chose the glazed hare ravioli with artichokes and black truffle. Simply put, incredible.
I think my favourite dish was the Smoked squid ink risotto and lemon seafood. It was absolutely incredible and surprisingly light
And if you are a truffle lover, than the White truffle curd cream, pear and hazelnut is your absolute dream come true. Probably one of the most unique deserts that Iv ever eaten...
And to finish, we were served the most beautiful petite fours. So beautiful hat we managed to squeeze them in! Mont Blanc, Catalan crem choclate and choclate crumble.
And just when I thought our experience couldn't get any better, we were invited to meet the chef and see the magic behind the scenes. Just the best experience ever!
I absolutely enjoyed our afternoon at Lasarte, and am sure you would too! Add it to your list pronto...
Iv been to Barcelona a couple of times previously, but despite being desperate to have never quite found the time to visit Montserrat! Well, this time we did!
A Lovely but steep and windy train drive away from Barcelona, Its set way up in the mountains giving it a real fairytale vibe (I think you know by now how I love a fairytale vibe)
The beautiful architecture built in and around the mountain are incredibly intricate and beautifully constructed and in vast contract to the rugged edges for the mountain.
Despite getting there early, it was still super busy with tourists, however Its really quite something to see. And you should see it, because pictures don't do the scale justice. It seems like a place that fairy's and giants should live.
The history of Montserrat is fascinating and I was told started in 880 when a small group of shepherd children saw a bright light descending from the sky in the Montserrat mountains! translated, it means saw mountain after its jagged edges.
The views alone are epic. And than there is the monastery- Santa Maria de Montserrat. It is still home to around 70 monks today!
Have you ever been to Montserrat?
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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