I love Christmas – I love the food, the smells, the music, the lights, the whole shebang. I’m a total sucker for it. The multi-coloured lights on Avenida de la Constitucion, the road which goes past the Cathedral, look utterly magical, and the strings of white lights at Puerta Jerez make a fairly ordinary market look like a fairytale wonderland.
A couple of weeks ago I was out and about with some blogger friends, taking some photos of people in Seville doing their thing, when my camera suddenly packed up – the lens stuck out, and refused to retract. The shop I use here said they can’t help, so my darling Canon G12 will be packed very carefully in my suitcase to be taken to England on our Christmas visit next week, and thence to the Canon hospital as soon as we arrive.
In the meantime, thank goodness for the iPhone and Instagram! I’m not one of those organised people who has a back-up camera (actually, I use my husband’s compact digital, but that’s not working either), so it’s the all-round wonder that is a smart phone to the rescue.
Another of the seasonal delights in Seville is “Mapping” – 3-D video projections onto the rear facade of the Ayuntamiento building, which faces Plaza San Francisco. I was there recently as part of my Past View tour.
You might just be able to make out the Holy Family on this shot below (the white part is Baby Jesus); other images included books, computer code, the constellations, a ship, and a rey mago. The visual effects were quite amazing, with the building appear to bulge, shake and crumble. The last scene was snow – falling across the facade, and also real frozen water falling from the sky over the audience, to everyone’s astonishment and delight. A winter wonderland!
Mapping is on until 31 December, from Monday to Thursday at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm, and Friday to Sunday 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.
You can watch the video here.