Where in the world am I? (#21)


It’s time for the “Where in the world am I?” photo challenge! Like in weeks past, I’ll give no clues up front, but will periodically tweet and post clues on my Facebook and Google+ pages to help you out. So, if you don’t already follow me on Twitter, click here. Do you know where I took this picture?

  • Leave your guess here on my blog only (not on Facebook or Twitter) by Friday, January 27th at noon (PDT).
  • I’ll be giving out hints via Twitter & Facebook throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • One guess per hint (i.e.: with each hint, you can leave a new guess.)
  • One winner will randomly be selected from those who answer correctly and will be featured on my Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and Google+ Page with his/her name, blog (if applicable), Twitter and Facebook page, as well as a brief bio.
  • Anyone can participate!

Here are the clues I’ve given so far:

Clue #1: At one time this was the most populated city in the country.Clue #2: A great plague in the 17th century reduced the population by 50%.

Clue #3: One of the Star Wars films was shot at a major attraction here.

Clue #4: In Greek mythology, it’s said that Hercules was this city’s founder.

Clue #5: One of its sister cities is the largest city in Vietnam.

The answer and winner of this week’s contest:

When I chose this photo I realized that it was the first time I’ve posted anything about one of my favorite cities in the world—Sevilla, Spain. Four people answered correctly but after randomly selecting a winner, congratulations are due to Raymond Walsh at Man On The Lam!

I took this photo from the top of the Giralda, the minaret-turned-bell-tower that adjoins the Seville Cathedral, the third largest church in the world. From the tower are spectacular views of the Andalusian city, including the famous bullfighting ring, La Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.  The attraction I alluded to Clue #3 is the Plaza de España.  Built for the 1929 Spanish-American Exposition, this lavish example of Neo-Mudéjar architecture was featured in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

This week’s winner has had incredible adventures all around the world—from spending New Years Eve at the Pyramids in Egypt (on 12/31/99, no less) to bungee jumping in New Zealand and climbing volcanoes in Guatemala. Besides offering sound travel advice and stunning photography, Raymond effortlessly laces humor in just about all of his stories. Be sure to check out Raymond’s blog at Man On The Lam, become a fan of his Facebook and Google+ Pages and follow him on Twitter too!

Congrats to Earl Martin, Larkin Mclean and Mary at The World is a Book for also knowing this was Sevilla, Spain!

Here are a couple additional photos from my visit there: 

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Miami FloridaHere’s the photo from the last challenge, correctly identified by Cathy at Traveling With Sweeney as the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, Florida.

Visiting the Villa Vizcaya was a real treat. I never expected to see a property like this in South Florida! The estate was built in 1916 by wealthy industrialist James Deering as a winter retreat. Located in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, the spectacularly manicured grounds feature expansive Italian Renaissance gardens, grottoes, fountains and mangrove thickets.


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