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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, ...

Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga: the one-stop exploration into Spanish cultural history

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

GUEST BLOG POST: MEENA MISTRY Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a press preview at the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga for their new temporary exhibition, which opens on 31 March and runs until 7 October 2012. 43 works will be displayed in a show entitled ‘Paradises and Landscapes in ...

Andalucia’s sense of community

Monday, February 27th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5279" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="One of Andalucia's most famous buildings, and witness to its strong Moorish heritage: the Mezquita in Cordoba."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5277" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="El Rocio, pilgrimage destination for millions every May."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5280" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Barrels in Bodegas Gonzalez Byass in Jerez - home of sherry."][/caption] Andalucians are prouder of their ...

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 ...

Drawing on urban life

Monday, September 12th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3896" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Urban sketcher and architect Luiz Ruiz's sketch of Estepona beach."][/caption] We all take photos endlessly these days, using a wide variety of hardware, from the simplest mobile phone, via ipads, to digital cameras - from tough, chunky children's models to high-tech professional ones, like photographer Michelle Chaplow ...

Cordoba – European Capital of Culture 2016?

Monday, June 27th, 2011

This year they are Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland). Each year, one or more European cities display the title "European Capital of Culture". And today Andalucia is abuzz with the possibility that in 2016, this title will be held by Cordoba, one of the three great historic cities of the ...