You may be surprised to learn that I did more than eat my way through Seville?! In between meals I walked a lots and did some proper sightseeing. Although I usually skip some of the usual tourist attractions (at least if they involve a long queue) but enjoy the smaller, less crowded ones.
Like this Andalusian palace built in the 1500s – Casa de Pilatos. It’s a vision of statues, mosaics and general grandeur.
Most walls are tiled like these, with small tiles making up lovely patterns in greens, blues and yellows.
Amazing details everywhere.
The gardens are just as grand, with low cut ledges framing the trees.
And the most amazing bougainvillas in bloom.
Look at the details outside too. Not a petal out of place.
Casa de Pilatos, Pl. de Pilatos, 1, 41003 Sevilla, Spain
On the Saturday morning of our Stockholm weekend, we travelled (by metro and bus) to a lovely nursery called Zetas trädgård, near Kungens Kurva. My keen gardener mother was very excited to come here, but dad and I could also see the appeal. It’s a beautiful nursery, an oasis, with lots of plants and decorative things to buy. Plus a lovely café with seating both inside and outside serving still warm cinnamon buns straight from the oven, nice sandwiches and soups. That’s where we hung out while mum walked around looking at plants!
Dad and I first shared a cinnamon bun and had a hot chocolate each and then we had lunch with mum a bit later.
The ham and avokado crème on rye was really nice, just like the sourdoug baguette with local washed-rind cheese and fig jam.
A lovely spot for a café, don’t you think?!
We had a lovely few hours here, and although we were mainly for my mother’s sake I still had a great time, and even found two nice vases to buy.
Zetas Finsmakarens Trädgård, Blombacken 2, 141 70 Segeltorp (Kungens Kurva), Stockholm
On Sunday father kindly picked me up from my best friend’s house and on the way home we did what most Swedish people do on weekend mornings; stopped at a bakery to buy fresh bread rolls.
Once we got home we had fika with the rolls, lots of different toppings, coffee, tea and orange juice, on the terrace. Then I went for a wander in my mother’s garden (well, it belongs to both my parents of course, but it is my mother’s domain) checking out the tomatoes and grapes in the greenhouse, the cherry and sour cherry trees and the wild strawberry plants.
Later on we enjoyed a lovely three course lunch, again on the terrace, with some rosé before it was time for me to head to the airport.
The lunch was wonderful, starting with a simple girolle toast with the first girolles of the season, picked by my aunt Pavla in the woods nearby. Then barbecued meat skewers with chicken, pork tenderloin and bacon and a lovely summery salad with new potatoes, grilled pears and blue cheese. Pudding was as simple as can be; vanilla icecream with freshly picked strawberries and wild strawberries from the garden. Absolutely wonderful!
Then it was time to say goodbye and go the airport, but I’ll be back in three weeks time. Can’t wait!