Stories vary as to why old mill wheels are embedded into the walls of some buildings in the old centre of Sevilla. I think they are just a very cool design feature. So really it’s about what the mill wheels are to you, in your mind.
Not only are many balconies here decorated with beautiful tiles on the UNDERSIDE so that we get to enjoy them, but sometimes they also have some interesting information. This building is just down the street from me and I’ve passed it many times without noticing the name of the architect and the year it was built. Always look up.
Look at this shit. The tacky brass with black marble is bad enough, but they actually had the gall to name this place La Jugetería (after the Juguetería F. Cuevas, which occupied this building for 65 years). They might have considered keeping the wonderful original tile work. Shame.
So sad to see this. J.Cuevas Juguetería Técnica, a family business, has closed after 65 years. Manuel Cuevas Álvarez, grandson of the founder, cites a drop in sales due to the “avalanche” of tourists in the centre and the growth of e-commerce as the main reasons for the closure. I’m told that this landmark building will soon house a cocktail bar…
After the loss of Bazar Victoria (twice!) and Confituría Filella, this is yet another story of how tourism and greed are changing the face of Sevilla. Before long it will stop being the very thing that people are flocking here to see. Heartbreaking. Upon seeing my post of this on Instagram yesterday a friend quoted Wilde – “each man kills the thing he loves”. 😦