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The Ultimate Tapas Experience(s), courtesy of Dani Garcia and other top Andalucian chefs

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

GUEST POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON [caption id="attachment_6526" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="Rebekah with top chef Dani Garcia - she feasted on his creations not once but twice in one week."][/caption] Last week I celebrated my birthday – which, apart from anything else, was extra-special because I was in Spain and the sun was shining. This ...

Seville’s industrial heritage, up for grabs

Monday, May 28th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2213" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Naves de Barranco, part of Seville's rich industrial heritage."][/caption] While I love modern architecture as much as the next design-obsessed travel journalist (Metropol Parasol here in Seville is a favourite), I also love old buildings, especially ones whose previous life can be clearly seen in ...

Map of Portugese motorway toll cameras

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6437" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Praia Doña Ana in Lagos, at the far end Portugal's Algarve coast (and the A22 toll motorway) from the border with Spain, and Andalucia."][/caption] Many of us will be heading off to the Algarve for our holidays now that summer is arriving. The controversial new toll on the ...

A new way of working

Monday, May 21st, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6381" align="aligncenter" width="570" caption="The monthly workINcompany get-together is called a "Jelly"."][/caption] A few weeks ago I went to an event called a "Jelly". No, it wasn't anything to do with food, or kids, or indeed kids' food - it was a get-together of self-employed people to introduce a new workspace ...

We care, you enjoy

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Leafing through a copy of Hello! the other day (English edition, now available in my local Carrefour, hallelujah!), I came across a "Fast Food" recipe (as in quick, easy meals) for "Andalucian Huevos a la Flamenca". Even though I'm a veggie and I know this recipe has meat, I was ...

The history of Spain’s eight provinces

Monday, May 14th, 2012

A fellow Spain blogger introduced me to this fascinating video about the Roman and Moorish origins of the eight provinces of Andalucia: Sevilla, Huelva, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Jaen and Almeria.

Latest news on new Algeciras-Almeria train route

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6296" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Algeciras-Marbella section of proposed new high-speed coastal railway, Corredor Ferroviario Mediterraneo."][/caption] The latest plans for the new train route known as the "Corredor Ferroviario Mediterraneo", or Mediterranean Rail Corridor, have been announced. The first project for strategic freight transportation was approved by the Government in March last ...

A English soldier fallen on Spanish soil

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Leafing through the papers yesterday, as you do on a Sunday morning, I was fascinated to come across the story of an English soldier called John Scrope Colquitt who fought with the Spanish in their War of Independence (also known as the Peninsular War) against Napoleon's occupying French army. The lieutant-colonel, ...

Malaga city centre declared historic interest

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6191" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Malaga cathedral, part of the city centre's conjunto historico."][/caption] The Junta de Andalucia has declared the city centre of Malaga to be a conjunto historico, inscribing it in the Catálogo General del Patrimonio Histórico Andaluz - the General Catalogue of Historic Andalucian Heritage. [caption id="attachment_6190" align="aligncenter" width="578" ...