Attention chocoholics, for your eyes only

Last Update: December 11, 2018

Chocoholics alert, do not miss a visit to sweet Sevilla

Hello everybody here comes my monthly post.

We recently made our traditional trip to Estepa, the sweetest town in Spain. It is situated in the province of Sevilla and about 1 hour away from where we live.

Estepa is a quiet little town with some 13,000 inhabitants. There are 24 factories dedicated to making sweets according to old and well-kept recipes. By September this village comes to life and the work starts. There is a lot to do as around 20 million kilograms are produced and sold in all of Spain and over the borders. The best ingredients are used, like honey and almonds, so even if they can make you fat eating too much at least they are with natural ingredients.

The weather was good (20 C), ideal for a little trip inland. We were looking forward as this particular factory, besides selling great Christmas sweets, constructed a diorama of a famous city entirely made of chocolate.

2 years ago it was Paris and last year it was Rome so we were curious to see which city had been chosen for this year's display.

Entrance to the exposition of Sevilla made of chocolate

We were not disappointed, as this year the whole city of Sevilla was made from chocolate, what a yummy sight.

There was the Seville Cathedral, a large Gothic cathedral with that special Moorish bell tower and Columbus tomb.

Part of Sevilla, Plaza de Espana

One could see the Plaza de Espana. A very big square with water features and the famous ceramic tiles covered seats.

Then there is the famous Giralda, a Spanish Renaissance-style minaret. On top is a Gothic and baroque bell tower built centuries later.

The Cathedral of Sevilla

You can also see the Torre del Oro (golden tower) standing on the river edge. This used to be a defense tower and was build around 1220. Why it is called Torre del Oro is not really clear.

In the foreground, you can see the Guadalquivir river. It is the fifth longest river of the Iberian Peninsula and the only navigable river in Spain. In Roman times it was possible to go from the Gulf of Cadiz up to Cordoba but nowadays it is only possible to reach Sevilla.



Torre del Oro

After taking photos we went to buy the delicious sweets. Each had a bag and a scoop and filled up from different price sections. On coming home I hid them in the cupboard as otherwise these sweets will be eaten before time. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Estepa.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

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Chezbrown Premium
That looks amazing Taetske, I would love to go and see something like that. Being a chocoholic, I wouldn't have been able to resist getting sweets either before leaving.

Enjoy them when you start eating them, I will be jealous. xxxx
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Cheryl,

I knew you would like this sweet visit.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Chezbrown Premium
You know me so well lol. xxx
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CarolMeador Premium
This is so wonderful, Taetske! What a beautiful creation, and a wonderful day trip for your family! Thanks for this fabulous chocoloholic tour!

It not nearly as elaborate, but this reminds me of when I was a little girl and went to the Iowa State Fair with my family. We stood in line for what seemed like hours to a little kid in order to see the famous Iowa Butter Cow. Each year sculptors create a scene depicting a life size cow and other characters. One year it was an Olympic athlete milking her, and I think I remember Amelia Ehart as well.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Carol,

Yes, it is a wonderful trip and every year we are really looking forward to making it.

Your Iowa Butter Cow also sounds like a lot of fun and I can understand your expectations were high each year wanting to find out what it all would look like.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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CarolMeador Premium
Yes, to a little kid, it was the highlight of the fair, except for the merry go round, of course!

How long does it take them to construct the city they choose each year? If I ever get to visit Europe, I want to be sure and visit Spain so I can meet you and see this 8th wonder of the world!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Carol,

If you should come to Spain to see Estepa then it has to be in November or December. The people in Estepa start working in September but to make a city like that takes some months.
I am sending you the link to my post of last year where you will find some more details,
https://healthyantiagingalternatives.com/would-you-like-to-see-rome-made-of-chocolate

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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DebbieRose Premium
Hi Taetske...another Spanish city to one day visit....well two...Sevilla and Estepa. It looks simply delicious! The details are amazing. Is the display eventually eaten...I'd love to be a part of that.

Great escape for a few minutes...thanks!
Debbie
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Debbie,

Both cities are well worth a visit. Yes, the display is donated at the end and that is why the exposition room is kept at a constant temperature. I wrote a post on last years visit, it was Rome and really beautiful, you will find it on my health site.
Did you get the color fixed on your website?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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DebbieRose Premium
No..but I went around it and changed everything.....new header...new text colors etc! I think it's more business looking..vs...spiritual since it is a MMO site. Next step is to keep adding more content and perhaps enhance current posts and of course develop a niche site. Thanks for asking.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Debbie,

I went to have a look and I think it has improved a lot, more harmonious.
The happy family still needs some space between the photo and the text. A new photo further down in the text would not hurt either.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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DebbieRose Premium
I agree...I'm going to add more images in all of them. The happy family looked OK on my end..I'll check it again. THANKS so much!
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lesabre Premium
Sounds and looks great. Thank you
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Michael,

Thank you for stopping by.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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GiuliaB Premium
Now, that title caught my attention straightaway, Taetske.

I can't believe what they can make with chocolate. A whole town! That's real art, chocolate sculpture art. Outstanding!!!

Giulia
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Giulia,

Nice to see you. Will you join the chocoholic club?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Roger,

Come on, you should tell me if you also like chocolate?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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bigrog44 Premium
I like chocolate, but it'll put me in a diabetic coma.
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laparra1 Premium
Roger, have a serious look at your lifestyle including what you eat.
It is possible to improve and be healthier.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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bigrog44 Premium
I'll trying to live a healthier lifestyle now. Thursday, I'm going into surgery to get the rest of my toes and a little part of my foot amputated.
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laparra1 Premium
Roger, I am so sorry to hear that. Aloe Vera is very good for wound healing. Wishing you all the best. If there is anything I can help you with let me know ok?

Taetske
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks.
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GiuliaB Premium
Roger my friend, I just saw your post here. I'm sorry I haven't been in touch for a long while - I just decided to concentrate on my websites for a time. But I didn't realise you are due to have surgery.
Good luck, Roger. I'm sure it will all go well. Let us know how you get on post-surgery ... as soon as you possibly can of course ❤️💛💚

Giulia
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bigrog44 Premium
No problem, Giulia.
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Chezbrown Premium
Awww Roger, that's not good news. Sorry to hear that. I will be thinking about you and I am sending you hugs. xx
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks, Cheryl.
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Chezbrown Premium
You're welcome Roger and I will be thinking about you tomorrow. xxx
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Fleeky Premium
Lovely description...
Thank you for sharing...

❤️
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Fleeky,

Thank you for reading. Are you going to also be a fan of our chocoholics club?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Fleeky Premium
Oh yes, yes YES
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JerryMcCoy Premium
It is good to see that you had a sweet time on your trip. It must be tough not to get into the goodness stored in the cupboard. Glad you had a productive trip.
Jerry
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Jerry,

Thank you for stopping by.
That bag with the sweets is still hidden away but I must confess I stole a couple during these days.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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JerryMcCoy Premium
Oops! SO YUMMY.
Jerry
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Noteboom Premium
Thank you for this post, I enjoy it a lot.
I have been in Sevilla, great city and they have a great football team too!
But I must admit I haven´t heard of Estepa before. Must go there next time I am close.
And chocolate is a great thing! Even so we Icelanders are more for ice cream (really), we, of course, are in the chocolate fan club too.

Have a great time!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Johann,

Hal likes chocolate, you like chocolate and I do too. Let us see how many more fans in WA we can find.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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halinphilly Premium
What an eye-catching header... and a mouth- watering post!!!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Hal,

So you are also a chocoholic? That is about the best thing one can be.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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halinphilly Premium
Thanks. Oh, I forgot to mention the visually stunning photos!
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laparra1 Premium
Gracias.
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