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Route of Casas Palacio in Seville: the “New Rome”

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

[caption id="attachment_5025" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Casa de Pilatos, one of the casas-palacio on the new route in Seville. Photo: Michelle Chaplow[/caption]   After the excitement of the opening last week of Las Duenas, the Duquesa de Alba's palace, a new route in Seville has been announced of palaces and casa-palacios. Individually, these 23 palaces ...

Tony Bryant: Gitanerias, the Essence of Flamenco

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Tony Bryant's third book focuses on the writer's time in Utrera, a small town in Seville province known for its gypsy flamenco dynasties. For those of us who choose to live in Spain, many aspects of the country and its lifestyle and culture are powerfully seductive. The weather, the tapas, the ...

La Isla Maxima – Andalucia scoops the Goyas 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_16129" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The Goyas 2015 saw Andalucian cinema triumphant.[/caption] As I mentioned in my last blog post, several films shot in Andalucian were nominated for a total of 29 Goyas this year. In the glamorous ceremony, on Saturday 7 February, they won a total of 17: El Niño: Best Special Effects, Best ...

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 ...

El ronqueo – from whole tuna to tasty tapas, in minutes

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14288" align="aligncenter" width="455" caption="Diagram of a blue-fin tuna, showing all the cuts. Picture: El Campero restaurant (Barbate, Cadiz)."] [/caption] As a self-confessed foodie, and with an avid interest in all things Andalucian, I was excited to be invited to a ronqueo. For anyone who doesn't know what this is, the concept ...

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 ...

Burladero and Hotel Colon – the rebirth of a classic from Expo 29

Friday, March 28th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_123" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="The beautiful glass dome of the Hotel Colon, which opened in 1929."][/caption] This year, indeed this very week, an institution in Seville celebrates its 85th anniversary: the Hotel Colon. When this revered establishment opened on 29 March 1929, as the Hotel Majestic, it was the grandest and ...

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 ...

New app for Seville

Friday, February 7th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13141" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Contents list for the new Seville app."] [/caption] A large majority of people have smart phones these days, and apps have become part of our everyday lives, especially for finding out information when travelling. So if you're planning a trip to Seville, you'll be pleased to read ...

Rural Andalucia in the 1930s: La Memoria de los Olivos

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12566" align="aligncenter" width="177" caption="The Memory of the Olive Trees is a moving film about a humble Andalucian family at the outset of the Civil War."] [/caption] As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I am very interested in Spanish history. I've reviewed books for Books4Spain, watched films, and ...