As promised, l have now compiled our cost of living in our Seville suburb, and will compare it to our cost in Malaga. As both cities are in Andalusia, you would expect the prices to be similar. It is for the most part. In Malaga, even though we were in the city, it was more of a working class neighborhood. Grocery stores were plenty, as were people, and lots and lots of apartment buildings which l found stifling to say the least. In Malta, we had that wonderful harbor view. In Malaga, we had a view of the next apartment building. Our suburb in Seville is closer to what we had in Houston. The houses are spread out, there is a lovely pool, much needed yard for the dogs, and it’s oh..so quiet. I’m getting old l guess :-).
Unlike most people l know, I actually make time to experience various “emotions”. It helps me reset the little gray cells. My personality is more of a happy go lucky type, always trusting that things will work out in the end. I don’t like to dwell on things too long. It keeps me sane in an insane world. If l find myself sad for instance, l know l can listen to some King Sunny Ade (the greatest musician that ever lived in my humble opinion ). He never fails to pep me up. I have so many different musicians that l can count on to help me power me through whatever emotion l am either feeling, or need to process through. I am a firm believer that music is a huge healer and balm. When l find myself overwhelmed by the cruelty of the world, l tend to escape into the music of Ayub Ogada.
“Hagamos una Iglesia tan hermosa y tan grandios que los que la vieren labrada nos tengan por locos” translates to “Let us build a church so beautiful and so grand that those who see it finished will think we are mad”. I can assure you that they accomplished that! This was said by the members of the Cathedral chapter as they set about building what would ultimately become the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The Seville Cathedral was built to demonstrate the wealth of the city and it’s position as a major trading center. It is the largest, technically because the 2 larger ones, namely the Basilica of the National Shrine and St. Peter’s Basilica are not the seats of Bishops. It overtook the Hagia Sophia as the largest cathedral upon its construction which started in 1402. It was over a hundred years in the making, and was finally completed in 1506.
I am in no way a romantic :-). Not in the least. As you can probably tell from previous fab Friday finds, my tastes tends to run more towards action movies. I leave romance to music. This movie though, is an exception. It is a love story and crime suspense thriller rolled into one. It does it really, really well, and is one of my top 5 films of all time. Older people have their classics like Casablanca and Gone with the Wind. This is my classic, a 1981 masterpiece by French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix called Diva.
Campo de Fiori is bustling piazza located just south of the Piazza Navona in Rome, which l have written about before. It borders the districts of Parione and Regola. It has become a must visit destination for tourists, both day and night, much to the annoyance of the locals that reside there. There is an open air market that takes place daily. The aroma of bread, freshly made and taken out of the oven fills the air as the square comes alive. It’s quite interesting listening to the fishmongers jostling for attention with their song like invitations to their counter for fresh fish.