Seville
Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville, both dancers

Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville, both dancers

Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville, both dancers a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Flamenco is a solitary form of dancing expressing the emotions and feelings of the individual. There are a few rare occasions when dancers compete, jest, and make fun of the dance itself as they did here...
Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville, male dancer

Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville, male dancer

Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville, male dancer a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. The dances are all structured and controlled by the unheard underlying rhythm, so there is little difference between male and female movement. The one difference that does exist is that women move their hands and fingers...
Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville

Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville

Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. The dancer performs in between the singing and guitar playing and uses syncopation in the footwork. Within each Palo, or style, there is an unheard special rhythm that all Spaniards know because they grow up with it. All...
Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville

Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville

Flamenco performance at the Institute of Flamenco, Seville a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Perhaps the highlight of the day was the dramatically stunning performance of the Art of Flamenco at the Institute of Flamenco. We were treated to a sample of Solea, Alegrias, Bulerias and a few other Palos (forms). Flamenco...
Colonnade of the Alcazar

Colonnade of the Alcazar

Colonnade of the Alcazar a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. One of the add-ons to the Alcazar is this colonnaded structure which seems to mix elements of Moorish and Renaissance architecture. www.travelwitholga.com twitter
Dome of the Alcazar main hall

Dome of the Alcazar main hall

Dome of the Alcazar main hall a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Although these intricately decorated domes are considered Moorish in style, they originate in Constantinople and the Moors often invited Greek artists to decorate their religious and palace buildings. In Spain, the prohibition against the use of animals and humans was...
The Alcazar or Seville was a Moorish Fort and palace later used by Christian monarchs

The Alcazar or Seville was a Moorish Fort and palace later used by Christian monarchs

The Alcazar or Seville was a Moorish Fort and palace later used by Christian monarchs a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. The Alcazar is a series of buildings, the oldest of which is one of the early Moorish forts. Between about 1000 and 1400 AD Seville was part of contested territory under...
This magnificent altar in the Seville Cathedral is made of gold and silver from the Inca

This magnificent altar in the Seville Cathedral is made of gold and silver from the Inca

This magnificent altar in the Seville Cathedral is made of gold and silver from the Inca a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. After the discovery of the rich Inca Empire in Peru in 1534 tons of gold and silver were ripped out of the palaces, gardens, and religious centers, melted down and...
Tomb of Christopher Columbus and controversy surrounding it

Tomb of Christopher Columbus and controversy surrounding it

Tomb of Christopher Columbus and controversy surrounding it a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. There is a body in the tomb but it has been an issue of great debate as to whether or not these are the true remains of Christopher Columbus. Others claim that the lighthouse monument in Santo Domingoa...
Inside of the Cathedral of Seville

Inside of the Cathedral of Seville

Inside of the Cathedral of Seville a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. The Cathedral dominates the center of Seville and was built in Gothic style when Seville was a rich port exporting goods to the new world and importing tons of gold and silver from Peru and Mexico. All merchandise had to...
This ancient minaret turned bell tower shows Seville’s mixed cultural past

This ancient minaret turned bell tower shows Seville’s mixed cultural past

This ancient minaret turned bell tower shows Seville’s mixed cultural past a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Construction began in 1402 after Seville fell to the northern armies of Castile and Aragon. It was built on top of a 12th century mosque, some of which was incorporated into the new construction. The...
Andalucians are planting new olive groves to supply increased demands for olive oil

Andalucians are planting new olive groves to supply increased demands for olive oil

Andalucians are planting new olive groves to supply increased demands for olive oil a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Andalucia is dry and not very affluent. Agriculture is difficult here but recently a demand for olive oil to replace petroleum products has provided incentives for locals to plant new groves...