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Archive for December, 2012

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 ...

Patios of Cordoba open over Christmas

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Last week it was announced that the Patios of Cordoba Festival, which takes place every year in May, has been added to UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, joining other Spanish entries flamenco and the Mediterranean diet. But you don't have to wait till spring to see these 50 ...

The belen viviente

Monday, December 17th, 2012

One of the most delightful features of Christmas in Andalucia are the belenes vivientes, or live Nativity Scenes, where many of the townsfolk dress up to take part, using the town's streets, houses and plazas as their stage set. The one in the pretty pueblo blanco (white hilltown) of Arcos de ...

Light show extraordinaire in Sevilla

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Last Christmas, the Ayuntamiento (city council) of Seville put on a light show, where fast-moving images are projected onto the back wall of its main building, in Plaza Nueva. The facade facing Plaza San Francisco comes alive with ships, the solar system, books and toys - and, of course, the ...

Cordoba’s Patios Festival is now UNESCO World Heritage

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Last week, UNESCO inscribed onto its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity the Patios Festival in Cordoba. This festival is added to Spain's already existing Intangible Cultural Heritage: flamenco, and joint-entry the Mediterranean Diet. The Patios Festival, which takes place in Cordoba every year in the first half of ...

Have an eco-Christmas by hiring your (living) tree

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_9102" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Paco and Lucia with two of their prized pines, which are hired out as Christmas trees."] [/caption] One of the most essential features of Christmas, wherever you are celebrating it, is the Christmas tree. Choosing it, decorating it, putting presents under it on Christmas Eve... you can't ...

La Gran Recogida collects over 1,500 tons of food

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_9053" align="aligncenter" width="431" caption="Collection box for La Gran Recogida in our local supermarket. This was after half a day."] [/caption] As Christmas approaches, and people stock up on seasonal delicacies such as turron (almond nougat), polvorones , and mantecados, many of us think about those less fortunate, for whom getting ...