Jacarandas in southern Spain

Visiting Seville and Cadiz in June we kept seeing trees with wonderful blue flowers. It took us a little while and a bit of Googling to work out they are jacarandas. Why have I never come across these beautiful trees before?

This lovely specimen in the gardens of the Alcazar in Seville;

Outside the Alcazar in Jerez de la Frontera:

Close up:

Mushrooms in Seville

The Metropol Parasol in Seville – called the ‘Mushrooms’ by the locals – is a surreal sight that dominates La Encarnacion Square. It was designed by a German artist and installed in 2011. I love its honeycomb structure and how it changes in light and shade as you walk underneath it


It does overpower the Encarnacion church on the corner of the square, but on the other hand it gives a wonderful viewing point for it.