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Semana Santa in Seville 2015: a whole Holy Week of sun!

Friday, April 10th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_15228" align="aligncenter" width="414" caption="Band of Las Cigarerras of La Carreteria procession in Seville takes up the entire street."] [/caption] No celebration in Spain is as weather-dependent as Semana Santa. At the Feria de Abril, you can duck inside a nearby caseta to avoid a rain shower, nibbling some tasty queso ...

Semana Santa, Podemos, and an unfortunate gaffe

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_2796" align="aligncenter" width="563" caption="Semana Santa in Seville - the city's most beloved festival. Mess with it at your peril, politicians."] [/caption] Earlier this week a news story took Social Media in Seville by storm. But it wasn’t about anything that had actually happened. Instead, it was the perfect example of ...

Bumper Semana Santa in Malaga and Seville

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13686" align="aligncenter" width="468" caption="This year's Semana Santa was a bumper one for Malaga. Photo: Michelle Chaplow"] [/caption] All over Andalucia, this year we enjoyed a Semana Santa to remember, as most, if not all, of the processions in cities and towns all over the region were able to come out ...

A sunny Semana Santa!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13650" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Christ paso of La Sed in Plaza de España on Palm Sunday."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13651" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Virgin of Las Aguas at the Puerta del Principe, the main gate of the Cathedral."] [/caption] This year, for the first time since 2011, all the pasos in Seville's ...

Spring, Seville and Semana Santa

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13307" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "Orange blossom, which gives Seville its deliciously unmistakeable sweet spring-time scent."] [/caption] This is a very special time of year in southern Spain: spring. As the skies finally clear after what seems like months of rain (actually, they were), through the warm spring air wafts the ...

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 ...

Semana Santa – watching the skies

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10122" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="A barefoot nazareno of the Cristo de la Corona hermandad, which goes out on Viernes de Dolores - tonight."] [/caption] Please excuse the tardiness of this blog post. In changing phone companies, which here in Spain are considerably cheaper if you consolidate your mobile(s), landline and ADSL ...

Spring has sprung!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10060" align="alignright" width="578" caption="Sweet-smelling orange blossom offers one of the most vivid sensory experiences in Seville's springtime."] [/caption] Yay, my favourite season of the year is here! The rain has stopped, finally, after weeks and weeks of endless downpours, showers, drizzle, thunder, lightning, puddles, wellies and waterproofs - and, of ...

Semana Santa in pictures

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5849" align="aligncenter" width="347" caption="A barefoot penitente from the Los Estudiantes (the students) hermandad passes the door of the Fabrica de Tabacos - now the University - in Seville."][/caption] This year, Semana Santa all across Andalucia has, yet again, been adversely affected by the weather. Rain stopped pasos from coming out ...

A wash-out with a glimmer of sun

Monday, April 25th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2818" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Paso of Cristo Varon de Dolores, seen against Saturday's stormy sky"][/caption] Whether you enjoy it personally or not, it's hard to deny that this year's Semana Santa was a huge disappointment to audience and participators alike. Because of the rain, a record 31 out of the total ...