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New king of Spain: Felipe VI

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14182" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="King Felipe VI of Spain is sworn in at the Palacio de Congresos de los Diputados in Madrid."] [/caption] Today is a historic day for Spain. The country has a new king: Felipe VI. The abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos, was officially approved as a ...

Dolmens of Antequera: UNESCO World Heritage?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13537" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Peña de los Enamorados - Lovers' Leap, part of the Monumental Complex of Antequera, entered as Spain's 2015 application for UNESCO World Heritage Status. Photograph: Michelle Chaplow[/caption]   Spain has moved a step closer to having another UNESCO World Heritage site, to add to the 42 sites already in the ...

Burladero and Hotel Colon – the rebirth of a classic from Expo 29

Friday, March 28th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_123" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="The beautiful glass dome of the Hotel Colon, which opened in 1929."][/caption] This year, indeed this very week, an institution in Seville celebrates its 85th anniversary: the Hotel Colon. When this revered establishment opened on 29 March 1929, as the Hotel Majestic, it was the grandest and ...

Happy Dia de Andalucia, and farewell to Paco de Lucia

Friday, February 28th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13249" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="Legendary guitarist, Paco de Lucia, who died this week. © Tony Bryant."] [/caption] Today is Andalucia's regional holiday, Dia de Andalucia, 28 February, when green and white flags are proudly flown from Huelva to Almeria. But today's celebrations have been tinged with sadness by the death this ...

Model railway wonderland in Seville

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_12916" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The oil refinery section of the spectacular ASAF model railway."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12904" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Location of the model railway - ASAF (Seville Association of Railway Friends), at Santa Justa station."] [/caption] Of the many attractions on offer in Seville over the Christmas and Reyes period, one of ...

The Lakonia – 50 Years on: The Survivors

Friday, December 20th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12808" align="aligncenter" width="578"] (From left) John Hynes, Carol Woolnoth and Philip McGovern at the Lakonia Commemoration cememony on 6 December in Gibraltar.[/caption] If you read this blog regularly, you'll know that we at Andalucia.com have been closely involved in marking the 50th anniversary of the Lakonia tragedy, when over 100 ...

Lakonia 50th anniversary: 6 December ceremony in Gibraltar

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12781" align="aligncenter" width="408" caption="The Lakonia commemoration ceremony will honour those who died when the cruise ship caught fire in December 1963."] [/caption] Fifty years ago, a tragedy occurred which profoundly affected the inhabitants of Gibraltar, but which has been all but forgotten - until now. December 1963: a Greek cruise ship, ...

Rural Andalucia in the 1930s: La Memoria de los Olivos

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12566" align="aligncenter" width="177" caption="The Memory of the Olive Trees is a moving film about a humble Andalucian family at the outset of the Civil War."] [/caption] As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I am very interested in Spanish history. I've reviewed books for Books4Spain, watched films, and ...

Experiencing the olive harvest in Jaen

Monday, November 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12445" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The cortijo and factory, nestled in rolling hills of olive fields, backed by the Sierra Magina."] [/caption] A few posts ago, I mentioned a new scheme organised by Jaen Tourism - pick your own olives. This puente weekend, I was lucky enough to experience it for myself, ...

Light in Art and Science from the Islamic world

Friday, October 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12327" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Sunlight shines on the wall of the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, where this exhibition is being held."] [/caption] No civilization left a more profound and lasting legacy in Andalucia than the Moors. From exquisite art and architecture, to advanced scientific and philosophical concepts, and even ...