Category: spain

12
Mar
2019

sevilla: heliópolis

España, Spain, Andalucía, Sevilla, Heliópolis

…As with all social housing projects, a few design types were repeated over & over for rapid construction. We identified four distinct house designs during our walk, but there may be more. All consist of two levels with a fenced entrance, room for a small garden, a terrace & often a small tower. Naturally owners have modified original designs since 1929, but it’s fun to walk around & see how things have changed. One thing that remains the same is how peaceful, cute & charming this neighborhood is…

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23
Feb
2019

spain: sevilla day trips

España, Spain, Sevilla, day trips

When I moved back to Spain in 2016, I made a resolution to visit all the places near home in Sevilla —big or small— that I’d never had time to see while here on a work trip. Part of this grand plan also included re-visiting places I already knew well but felt I needed to know a little better, and I’d write up several places that had yet to appear in this blog. That was the plan. Life has a way of making plans go astray so… no time like the present to start.

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20
Nov
2018

spain: osuna

España, Andalucía, Osuna, panorama

Countless day trips exist from Sevilla, but larger cities like Córdoba, Cádiz & Jerez get all the press. After moving to Spain in 2016, I’ve started to think of Sevilla as a hub… it’s easy to make the grand city your home base, then explore from there. Smaller, equally important destinations like Écija, Itálica & Carmona lie nearby, all less than a couple of hours away by either bus or train. Rafa wanted to show me around Osuna, so off we went…

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27
Aug
2018

discovery: 1929 expo tiles

O Notícias Ilustrado, fev 1929, Mário Reis, 1929 Expo

Browsing through digitized period magazines on the Biblioteca Nacional website the other day, I stumbled across several photos of the Portugal pavilion under construction. A February 1929 edition of O Notícias Ilustrado highlighted artist Mário Reis with his portrait & the azulejos he made for the pavilion. I froze because I recognized those tiles… they’re now on the Chafariz da Junqueira!

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05
Jul
2018

pamplona: running with the bulls

España, Spain, País Vasco, Basque Country, Pamplona, Iruña, Encierro, Running of the Bulls

It’s July & that means one thing only in the Basque Country… time to run with the bulls! I’ve been lucky enough to go for the past two years, so this post is an amalgam of both experiences. And while I’ve never been tempted to put my life on the line & actually run alongside, the spectacle is something I’ll never forget.

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16
Apr
2018

sevilla: exhibición de enganches

España, Spain, Andalucía, Sevilla, horse, caballo, Exhibición de Enganches

While Feria may not be my thing, an event coinciding with the April fair gets me excited every year: a horse carriage display & competition. Horses & Andalucía have gone together forever, & many families choose to arrive to their caseta during Feria either on horseback or by carriage… one more way to promote local culture as well as add a touch of glamour.

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16
Mar
2018

sevilla: san luis de los franceses

España, Spain, Sevilla, Jesuit, San Luis de los Franceses, Baroque, capilla doméstica

Sevilla —as any city with a 2,000-year history— has seen its share of ups & downs. But one of its most prosperous periods came after the discovery of the Americas in 1492. Possessing an inland location on a river navigable all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, Sevilla became the heart of all trade for the Spanish empire. Wealth & power concentrated in a walled city rich with tax income & bursting with new products as well as new ideas… even for Catholicism.

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28
Feb
2018

spain: écija

España, Spain, Andalucía, Écija, Plaza de España, Plaza del Salón

An hour & 15 minute bus ride from Sevilla takes you to another important Roman city in Andalucía: Écija. Although technically in Sevilla province, Écija is actually closer to Córdoba which influences its gastronomy. But let’s work up an appetite first…

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26
Jan
2018

spain: itálica

España, Andalucía, Sevilla, Itálica, Roman

A short ride from Sevilla, getting off the bus in Santiponce may feel like you’ve stepped into small-town Spain. But you’re about to enter the hometown of two emperors & what was once a thriving city of 10,000 people… at one of the far reaches of the Roman Empire.

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05
Jul
2017

found: spain travel posters

Spain, travel, poster, España es diferente

One of the first things I tell tour members when guiding a Rick Steves Spain tour is “España es diferente“. Nowhere is this more easy to observe than in period travel posters.

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