Mercado Barranco – Great foodie experience in Seville

Mercado Lonja del Barrranco building

Mercado Lonja del Barrranco building

Mercado Barranco (official name is Mercado Lonja del Barranco) is one of  the latest must go to places in Seville. The official opening was at the end of 2014 after going through extensive renovation. It has become quite the hangout for local Sevillanos as well as tourists from all over the world. It is located close to the center of the city. The building itself is a design by Gustave Eiffel. Yes, the same one of the famous Eiffel Tower. Construction of the building began in 1861. It took exactly 22 years to construct. The building itself is a World Heritage Historical Site. It is about 4,000 square feet in size. It houses 20 different vendors selling all kinds of goodies, from tapas, to ice cream to sushi and beef dishes.

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Flashback Photo – Fab Friday Find

Horseback riding in Hawaii.

Another picture from the treasure trove of my friend is this weeks Fab Friday Find. Here l am on horseback in Hawaii. I think this was in 1993 or pretty darn close to it. It was my first trip to Hawaii, and we were on the Big Island first. We spent a total of 5 days there. I don’t remember too much about it, except for the fact that l didn’t like it as much. It felt like l was still in L.A at the Beverly Hills mall or something. Everything was oddly familiar, right down to the annoying tourists and the drunken college students. We did the usual things, shopping, checking out the waterfalls and all three of us universally hating the taste of Poi at a Luau.

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W Barcelona luxury dream hotel – why I want to stay there.

w barcelona infinity pool

W Barcelona Infinity pool with a view..

It’s fair to say that l have been dreaming about this hotel ever since l got a chance to visit it on my last trip to Barcelona. The hotel is fantastic, gorgeous, and right on the beach. I can’t think of a thing that l did not like. I find myself wanting to visit Barcelona again, just to stay there. I will show you the reasons why l think it would be an awesome place to spend a few days. My birthday is coming up next month. Perhaps that might be enough of an incentive to make it happen :-). After all, we moved to Spain so we could discover more of the country, and this could be the gateway travel to Catalunya. *I have no affiliation with W Barcelona*

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Mayra Andrade – Fab Friday Find Music

Mayra Andrade picture

Photo from OkayAfrica

One of the most amazing things about this blog series “Fab Friday Find” has been the opportunities to discover new artists, shows, movies etc. I enjoy writing about my favorites, but l also enjoy finding new loves. One of our past finds was Bebel Gilberto. Thanks to some of the commenters, l got to discover similar music from artists like Melody Gardot and Chambao.  As much as l would love to take credit for this find, I simply can not! This Fab Friday Find comes courtesy of Lili. Take a bow, Lili, your contribution is absolutely fabulous! :-). I adore the music of Mayra Andrade.

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Las Lozas tapas – Puebla del Rio, Seville

Fountain at the square in Puebla del Rio

Fountain at the square in Puebla del Rio

My mother in law visited us from Rome this past week. It was a very chilled, relaxed time for her and us as well. A vacation from a permanent vacation if you will :-). I enjoyed it immensely. The woman is so sweet, and she has like an almost obsessive compulsive love of cleaning. She did not let me lift a finger all week. I didn’t even pretend to want to. We spent the week exploring Seville, despite the heat. The temperature  sometimes reached 105 degrees, but it was dry heat. Let me tell you, it makes a huge difference! Malta, and Houston before that, were more humid heat, the kind that makes you drip and stink as soon as you left the house. In Seville, we are able to drive with the windows open, because there is always a breeze. I wish people could experience the Houston heat to compare to here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still hot, but bearable. Give me this any old-time! :-)

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