If Walls Could Talk

May 25, 2007

Some parts of Andalucia have been forgotten by time.  These nooks and crannies might be right around the corner from fast food joints and internet cafes, but time stands still in the crumbling casas with their carved wooden doors and wrought iron balconies shielding the secrets inside.  Every time I walked through the Parte Vieja I wished that I could explore these medieval buildings – what would it would it be like to live in a place that, if walls could talk, could tell centuries of stories?

I like the idea of a book where an important character/plot point is a building, one that’s full of history, perhaps with a hidden dark side.  Sadly, the only example I can think of off the top of my head is Phantom of the Opera (the Paris Opera house being the character).  Obvious choices in Seville would be the Alcazar or the Cathedral, but every corner of the old city has potential.

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