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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 ...

Eat well-priced tapas and win prizes in Seville, World Capital of the Tapa

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12511" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="Tortilla al whisky with a glass of fino - the perfect match."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12492" align="aligncenter" width="128" caption="Look out for this badge in bars around Seville."] [/caption] If you're going to be in Seville over the next couple of months, you're in for a tapas treat. Until this Sunday ...

Light in Art and Science from the Islamic world

Friday, October 25th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12327" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Sunlight shines on the wall of the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, where this exhibition is being held."] [/caption] No civilization left a more profound and lasting legacy in Andalucia than the Moors. From exquisite art and architecture, to advanced scientific and philosophical concepts, and even ...

Noche en Blanco Seville 2013

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12053" align="aligncenter" width="408" caption=" Noche en Blanco is a night of cultural events and activities on Friday 4 October"]

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, ...

The flavour of Andalucia, II

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11947" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption=" Michelin-starred chef-restaurateurs Dani Garcia (left) and Angel Leon at Andalucia Sabor IV in Seville this week"]

A novel way of seeing Expo 29

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11590" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Eye-catching mementoes from Seville's Expo 29 (delayed from '28) make an intriguing introduction to this night-time tour."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_11589" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Postcards capture the mood of the time; this one shows the mini-railway taking visitors around the site."] [/caption] This year, or rather this summer, many tour ...

Azulejos: one of Seville’s best-loved handicraft traditions

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11499" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Tiles from the Cartuja monastery, home to the Pickman ceramic factory in the 19th and 20th centuries."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_11496" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption=" Fountain in Parque Maria Luisa, site of the 1929 Expo."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_11479" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Courtyard of the soon-to-open Centro Ceramica Triana, with an original wall ...

Zurbaran’s Virgin Saints, and their modern-day modistas

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11141" align="aligncenter" width="289" caption="A new perspective on Golden Age art: Zurbaran's virgin saints, and the contemporary fashion they inspired."][/caption] Spain's Golden Age, in the 16th and 17th centuries, produced some of the world's greatest painters: Zurbaran, Murillo, Valdes Leal. They painted Virgins, saints, and other religious figures, feeding the demand ...