Saturday, October 25, 2014

Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona

Jerez  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

Our last two afternoon drives while on our Spanish road trip were to Jerez, on the way to our last home base after Conil de la Frontera in Sevilla, and Carmona, a small town east of Sevilla on the road to Cordoba.

After leaving the beach we drove for less than an hour and pulled off in Jerez to have a wander around the old town, the cathedral grounds, and one of the central plazas—where of course a sherry was in order. The day was so bright (nothing like the week of gloom we're having in Stockholm right now) and I couldn't stop staring at the blue, blue sky framing all the lovely cream and white buildings.

Cathedral of Jerez  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Tio Pepe in Jerez  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Jerez fountain  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Jerez church  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

Later that day we arrived in Sevilla, our last stop of the trip. I have much to say about it (which hopefully I'll get around to very soon), but in a sentence, it was much like the Alhambra—intense, gorgeous, and all-consuming. So much so that during one day there we took a little drive in the afternoon to the very sleepy, sedate town of Carmona for lunch and to give our minds and eyes a rest from soaking in all the splendor.

After a few days staring at the gorgeous Giralda of Sevilla and photographing it from every angle it was so strange to see another beautiful example in Carmona—it hadn't occurred to me that most towns would of course have their own bell tower.

We weren't in Carmona for very long, just for enough time to have a lazy lunch in the shade and do one quick walk around the cathedral before heading back to Sevilla.

Tower of Carmona  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Cathedral of Carmona  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Carmona carnival  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com


Updated—other Andalucía posts:
After 9 years, 9 days in southern Spain
Postcard from Andalucía
Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga 
Postcard from Andalucía: Granada and La Alhambra
Postcard from Andalucía: Nerja + Marbella
Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa
Postcard from Andalucía: Conil de la Frontera
Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia
Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera
Postcard from Andalucía: Sevilla   

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