Scribbler in Seville

Seville orange season – farm visit, tapas festival, flavoured goodies, and a recipe

Seville is famous for certain quintessentially Spanish, or Andalucian, things – flamenco, tapas and bullfighting. But say “Seville”, and many people, especially the British, will think “oranges” or “marmalade”. For it is here where the naranjas amargas (bitter oranges) are…

Through the arch: the 15 gates of Seville’s old city walls

As someone who revels in the endless learning experience that is Seville’s millennia-long history, I am always thrilled with any opportunity to delve further into the city’s past. Walking around the centre,¬†gothic churches, medieval convents and ancient alleyways in every…

Mapping and (late) thoughts for 2015

The new year wasn’t greeted in my house with any great excitement or sense of hope – sorry all you eternal optimists and believers in the integral goodness of mankind, fresh starts, and all that. Long-term unemployment (my husband’s, not…

A Merry Christmas in Seville, some gourmet goodies, and a sting in the tail

  Seville at Christmas-time feels wonderfully festive, with people going about their business – whether local Sevillanos¬†working, meeting friends, buying presents or visiting belens (nativity scenes), or visitors under the spell cast by an already magical city at its most…

My last Duchess – an interview with the Duquesa de Alba

Back in 2009, I interviewed the Duquesa de Alba, who passed away last week in her palace here in Seville at the ripe old age of 88. The Duquesa was an aristocrat – the most titled noble in the world,…

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