Our Airbnb was on the Leith Walk, just a little bit outside the core of Edinburgh. This proved a good choice, far enough outside the Royal Mile area to avoid tourist traps, but gentrified enough to provide good options for visitors.
Edinburgh is home to a seemingly endless number of pubs. Most of them are nondescript neighbourhood corner spots serving mainly locals. Others are more touristy and claim long, elaborate histories. In every one we visited we found a warm welcome and unexpectedly good food.
Much of what remains of the town today was laid out in the late 1700’s as the first planned Georgian town in Scotland
Our time in Seville is dwindling. Since our last post of photos from around La Macarena neighbourhood where we are staying we’ve become even more familiar with this quieter area full of low-key cafes, bars, art spaces, independent boutiques and markets
There’s an art school around the corner from the apartment called Centro de Arte Acción Directa. Through the door we can see sculptures in progress and people painting on easels.
Very close to our apartment in La Macarena is the Alameda de Hércules or just La Alameda. It was built in 1574 and named after the eight rows of white poplar trees (álamos) in the centre.
There are two giant Roman pillars at each end of the Alameda. One pair is topped with statues of Julius Caesar and Hércules, who according to the legends, were the two founding fathers of Seville.
If you research tapas bars in Seville, it won’t be long before El Rinconcillo is mentioned. It’s hard to skip a place that has been open since 1670 and is as old as the tradition of tapas itself.
The current owners — the De Rueda family — have operated the business from this same location since the 1850’s, with each new generation taking over from the previous.