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Bumper Semana Santa in Malaga and Seville

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13686" align="aligncenter" width="468" caption="This year's Semana Santa was a bumper one for Malaga. Photo: Michelle Chaplow"] [/caption] All over Andalucia, this year we enjoyed a Semana Santa to remember, as most, if not all, of the processions in cities and towns all over the region were able to come out ...

Building an open-air theatre in the mountains

Friday, March 21st, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13404" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "Anna Kemp, director of the Open Air Theatre Project in Laroles, on the threshing-floor stage."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13370" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "An idyllic setting for the theatre: olive and almond groves, backed by snow-capped mountains."] [/caption] During my ten-plus years in Spain, I have met a large ...

Azulejos: one of Seville’s best-loved handicraft traditions

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11499" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Tiles from the Cartuja monastery, home to the Pickman ceramic factory in the 19th and 20th centuries."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_11496" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption=" Fountain in Parque Maria Luisa, site of the 1929 Expo."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_11479" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Courtyard of the soon-to-open Centro Ceramica Triana, with an original wall ...

Spring has sprung!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10060" align="alignright" width="578" caption="Sweet-smelling orange blossom offers one of the most vivid sensory experiences in Seville's springtime."] [/caption] Yay, my favourite season of the year is here! The rain has stopped, finally, after weeks and weeks of endless downpours, showers, drizzle, thunder, lightning, puddles, wellies and waterproofs - and, of ...

Follow the Reyes

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9273" align="aligncenter" width="124" caption="This year Seville has an app for its Reyes Magos procession, or cabalgata, which takes place on Saturday."] [/caption] This Saturday is one of the most important for children all around Spain. It is the day when the Reyes Magos (Three Kings) come to every town ...

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

We're back from our Christmas week blogging break - I hope you didn't miss us too much! I trust you've all had (been having - it's not over yet!) a wonderful Christmas, whether you're in Andalucia, elsewhere in sunny Spain, or back in the old country with friends and family. Tomorrow ...