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Archive for April, 2013

Doñana saved from fracking – for now

Monday, April 29th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10608" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Pine trees and grassland inside Doñana National Park, which has been temporarily saved from the dangers of fracking."] [/caption] Good news for environmentalists and nature-lovers: the plan to drill for natural gas in Doñana National Park, which is a UNESCO-recognised biosphere, has been halted. In a victory for ...

Cordoba Patios Festival – new (free) weekend ticket system

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10551" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The spectacular Cordoba Patios Festival is in May: this year, you need a ticket to see the patios at the weekend."] [/caption] The next major cultural event here in Andalucia is the Cordoba Patios Festival, which takes place on 8-19 May. This is one of the region's most ...

Seville Feria: a picture post

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10525" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Three flamencas enjoying a sunny afternoon at the Feria de Abril in Seville, which finished yesterday. The striped tents behind them are casetas, for eating, drinking and dancing."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10527" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Portada for this year's Feria was inspired by Plaza de España, one of ...

A bailar Sevillanos!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

An integral part of the Feria de Abril, now reaching its halfway point here in Seville, is dancing. Sevillanas are a type of flamenco dance (or not, depending on who you talk to), performed in pairs - man-woman or woman-woman. Sevillanas are divided into four parts. While it is not obligatory ...

Looking forward to a sunny Feria de Sevilla

Monday, April 15th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10471" align="aligncenter" width="463" caption="Girls show off their flamenca dresses at the Feria de Sevilla - it's a colourful and (usually) sunny occasion."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10469" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Jinetes (horse-riders) enjoying some liquid refreshment at the Feria."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10467" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A street in the Feria, with its stripey caseta tents."] ...

Spring – time for parks and gardens

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10447" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Bird of Paradise plant in the riverside Jardin Americano, which was created for Seville's Expo 92."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10442" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Waterfall in Parque Maria Luisa with pavilion atop."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10441" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Plaza España with its canal - one of Seville's finest monuments is located within ...

“Embracing the world”: ICANN in Beijing – the biggest turnout ever

Monday, April 8th, 2013

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé, opens the 46th Public Meeting in Beijing"][/caption] ICANN Engagement Center to Open In Beijing; 46th Public Meeting in Beijing is Largest Ever ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé announced today that the organization will open its first new global engagement ...

Top 10s of Andalucia

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10375" align="aligncenter" width="317" caption="We'll be bringing you lists featuring the best of Andalucia."] [/caption] Here on the AC blog, and on the website itself, our aim is to keep you, our audience, updated on what's happening here in Andalucia. We want you to enjoy the latest and best of ...

Semana Santa for younger ones

Monday, April 1st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10343" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This boy's outfit is a mini version of the Nazarenos of his hermandad, Las Cigarreras, who wear purple hoods over white robes."] [/caption] Here in Spain, most events are open to all the family, and this includes religious ones. At last week's Semana Santa processions in Seville, you ...