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UNESCO, Seville and contemporary architecture in historic cities

Friday, September 27th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12021" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This view of the Seville skyline shows the Giralda (left) and Puerta Triana (centre) dwarfed by the Pelli tower"] [/caption] Last week, I attended a three-day UNESCO "International Meeting" (ie mini-conference) in Seville on "Contemporary Architecture in Historic Cities", with speakers from the UK, USA, Netherlands, China, ...

A tourist in Sevilla

Monday, April 30th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6142" align="aligncenter" width="435" caption="Rebekah at the Alcazar palace - she was impressed by the Moorish architecture."][/caption] GUEST POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON Living in on the Costa del Sol it has become very easy to take my surroundings for granted; I live just a bus ride away from some of the most famous ...

La Gran Ruta de Cine

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Over the years, many hundreds of movies have been shot in Andalucia, due to the extraordinary variety of its landscapes - mountains, deserts, beaches; its magnificent cities, with beautifully preserved period buildings; and its reliable sunshine. Think of the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s, shot in Almeria; Hollywood blockbuster ...

The Dictator comes to Sevilla

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3774" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Plaza de España, magically transformed into a Middle Eastern dictator's palace, complete with gold domes, and logo on gates and statues. The plinth, which covers the fountain, will hold a statue of the dictator to be pulled down, a la Hussein. You can see them filming ...

Up in smoke

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

So, the next stage of the anti-smoking legislation , which first started back in 2006, will arrive at the start of next year. As from 2 January 2011, you will no longer be able to smoke in "enclosed public places", in other words bars, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs; but it also ...

The Venice of Seville

Monday, October 18th, 2010

At long last, Plaza de España has reopened, after its lifting, one of those English words adopted and comically misused by the Spanish (more often used in the plastic surgery sense, as in actresses aged over 40 who don't mind looking as if their face is covered in clingfilm). One ...