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Archive for July, 2012

Wild, wild west

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

This October, Western movie fans will be excited to hear that Almeria is hosting Europe's only film festival dedicated to the genre. The lunar landscapes of Tabernas desert, with its dramatic, barren slopes and rocky outcrops which so resemble the North American Wild West, were the location for such classics as ...

Which is the best beach in Andalucia?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4652" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Which is your favourite beach in southern Spain? Many people like to kick back on the white sands of Bolonia (number 2)."][/caption] A (freebie) Spanish newspaper website started a "ranking" of Andalucia's beaches a few weeks ago. The ranking works on a points system - you score each ...

Olympic dreams

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

With the London Olympics just a week away - the Opening Ceremony is next Friday - this post is going to move out of its usual geographical territory, from southern Spain (and nationwide anti-austerity demonstrations, following the naked firefighters) to east London, home of the Olympic Park. As an international ...

Shop till you drop

Monday, July 16th, 2012

I was astonished to read recently that the Spanish government is going to oblige shops in some cities to stay open for longer hours, and double the number of Sundays and public holidays - including Malaga, Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla. When I first arrived here in Spain almost nine years ago, ...

Dani Garcia heads to New York

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_3953" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Dani Garcia, the Next Big Thing on the New York restaurant scene."][/caption] While Ferran Adria is the undisputed king of Spanish gastronomy, noone would disagree that the crown of Andalucian kitchen creativity belongs to Dani Garcia. The Marbellan chef has two Michelin stars for his restaurant Calima in ...

Latin love poetry by moonlight

Monday, July 9th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_7060" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption=""Nocturnal pleasures - literature and seduction in Rome"."][/caption] Romantics among you will be interested to hear about night-time visits to the Roman city of Italica, just outside Seville, which take place on weekends throughout the summer. The theme: Latin love poetry. Italica is one of Andalucia's most important ...

How Seville escaped UNESCO’s “in danger” list

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_7064" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A recent view of the Torre Pelli, under construction, in Seville. Its projected height - nearly 180 metres - is considered by many to overshadow the historic city."][/caption] The Torre Pelli, and Seville's resulting endangered UNESCO World Heritage Status, is a topic I've written about often on ...

“No Hay Dos Sin Tres” – what about “No Hay Tres Sin Cuatro”?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012