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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…

Exploring the Sierra de Grazalema from a home-from-home in Benamahoma

You can see for miles from Puerta de las Palomas (1,639m), in the Sierra de Grazalema. Nearly nine years ago I went to a small pueblo blanco (white hilltop town) called Grazalema in Cadiz province on a chilly November weekend, to…

My most popular posts of 2013, plus a mini-review

You lot seem to think I’m quite amusing. What am I, funny like a clown? En serio – my most popular new posts, published last year, are mostly silly ones. Well, not silly – highly intelligent, witty and astute, of course.…

Celebrating Seville’s azulejo heritage: a sneak preview of Centro Ceramica Triana

Seville is known for many things – the old cliches of tapas, flamenco and bullfighting, orange trees and the Giralda, but also a ubiquitous feature of the city which you’ll see inside every house, on the walls of every patio,…

Art+fashion+religion=a richly textured show in Seville

I’ve never been a big one for religious art – all those side-lit, mournful, downright spooky figures gazing heavenwards leave me cold. No emotional or spiritual connection. Probably not surprising, given that I’m an atheist. I can appreciate a good,…

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