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Blue Fin – the cava, to pair with the tuna

Friday, September 13th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11899" align="aligncenter" width="431" caption="A new cava designed to accompany atun de almadraba, caught off the Cadiz coast."] [/caption] The other night, I was fortunate enough to eat a meal which was based entirely around atun de almadraba. This is atun rojo, or in English, blue-fin tuna, which is caught using ...

A British-flavoured visit to Cadiz Carnaval

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9870" align="aligncenter" width="187" caption="A royal-British-themed chirigota at the Cadiz Carnaval processes towards its chosen performance location in the street."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_9872" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="Catholic clergy are always ubiquitous at Carnaval - these holy sisters even brought their communion wafers to hand out to the faithful."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_9867" align="aligncenter" width="254" ...

Carnaval de Cadiz – on your (i)phone

Monday, January 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9418" align="aligncenter" width="175" caption="Get all the latest on the Carnaval de Cadiz with this app."] [/caption] Next month, the spotlight falls on Cadiz, as the noise, colour and irreverence of the Carnaval embodies the delightful anarchy for which this independent-minded coastal city is so famous. Like Semana Santa, Feria de Sevilla ...

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 ...

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 ...

In the mountains, near the sea

Monday, April 9th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5949" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The town of Cortes de la Frontera near Ronda has a stunning setting, below steep limestone cliffs."][/caption] After all the hustle and bustle, crowds and excitement, of Semana Santa, my family and I went to the sierra for the last part of the week. I still kept tabs on ...

Carnaval!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

GUEST BLOG POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON Coming from a small town in the north of England, my knowledge of carnivals prior to last weekend was limited to the annual parade of the local “Rose Queen”, which entails lots of bunting, a few horses and carts, and a large garden party afterwards – ...

La Pepa on tour

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

When I saw in the newspaper last week that a replica 17th-century galleon had arrived in the port of Sevilla, I realised it must be the same one I had seen some time previously, just before it left on a 6,000km voyage. [caption id="attachment_4892" align="aligncenter" width="203" caption="Galeon de Andalucia docked in ...

2012: the year of Cadiz, starting with La Pepa, El Niño and Camus

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4627" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The atmospheric seafront city of Cadiz, home of Spain's first constitution, drawn up in 1812: La Pepa."][/caption] So we’re now a couple of days into 2012. The extended break struggles on to Reyes later this week. The news is full of pay cuts, taxes and freezes, so ...

Picture post

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

I haven't done a photo post on this blog for some time now. So here's an interactive post for you: seven photos, one from each of all the provinces in Andalucia except Jaen, which I'm ashamed to admit I've never visited in my eight years of living here. See if ...