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A (light-hearted) look back at 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

As this is my last proper blog post of 2011 - I will be wishing you a happy new year next week, but other than that I get a (well-earned) break between Christmas and New Year - I thought it would be a good chance to take a look back ...

Setas – home of popular dissent in Seville, and a bird’s-eye eaterie

Monday, June 20th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3352" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This will be the restaurant(s) with panoramic views - window table a must."][/caption] You may have noticed I've been a bit quiet about the Setas/acampada Sevilla/15M of late. Which isn't because I've lost interest in the movement - far from it; I've just been too busy with ...

What’s new up the Setas?

Monday, May 30th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3206" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Aerial view of the walkway, which covers four of the six mushrooms. The viewing platform is the loop in the middle top of the photo, while the restaurant(s)-with-a-view will be in the part of the structure seen here from above as a white donut shape, in ...

Piecing together the past

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3050" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="The entrance to Antiquarium Archaeological Museum, under Metropol Parasol."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3056" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="View of Antiquarium from outside the museum, through its wall-to-wall glass windows."][/caption] If you know Seville, whether as resident, past or present; regular or occasional visitor; or just as somewhere you've read about and would ...

A new view of Sevilla

Monday, May 9th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2974" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="View of curving walkways, to bottom-most parasol, and Giralda and cathedral behind."][/caption] It's finally open - the pasarela (walkway) on top of the Setas, otherwise known as Metropol Parasol, the mushroom-like amorphous structure of six linked shades in the centre of Seville. This is a building which ...

The parasols in pictures

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Today's post is going to be a picture post, so to speak. Yesterday I popped into Seville to have a look at the unveiled Mushrooms. Here are some photos, showing different angles - this building is all about sinous shapes, flowing forms and other alliterative descriptions. [caption id="attachment_2646" align="alignright" width="300" caption="View of ...

Seville’s new icon

Monday, March 28th, 2011

So, they're finished! At last, the 123-million-euro mushrooms were officially unveiled yesterday to an excited public here in Seville. 600,000 people (apparently - I wasn't there, can't stand crowds) turned out to hear our outgoing mayor, Alfredo Sanchez Monteseirin, call his obra maestra a "secular symbol", saying that the obra ...

Roman remains and contemporary architecture in Andalucia

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This week is Carnaval (that's the Spanish spelling, not a typo), and if you have children, you'll be dressing them up (if you haven't already) to go to school or nursery, or maybe just for your local town parade: so far this year, friends of mine have mentioned themes such ...