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Last Days of the Bus Club – by Chris Stewart (book review)

Chris Stewart loves Spain as much as ever and his latest book – the ‘fourth in the trilogy’ – brims with stories about his life in Las Alpujarras. Famous for Driving over Lemons (1999) we thought, by the third book – 2006’s The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society – things had petered out a bit. This is a return to form … Continue reading

Eli Wallach: an Ugly time in Spain

‘There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend – those who have a rope around their neck and those who have the job of doing the cutting’ In a 1973 interview the actor Eli Wallach, who died yesterday aged 98, said: ‘I go and get on a horse in Spain for 10 … Continue reading

Will you still love me too, Moro?

In the sad week that both England and Spain were dumped out of the Copa del Mundo and one of the best songwriters ever, Gerry Goffin, died at 75, we had a celebration – a birthday. Not a major one but perhaps a toe-dip into the other side of life’s pond. Apart from the odd curry we’re … Continue reading

A Rae of Spanish sunshine

Barbara Rae, one of our favourite contemporary artists and a Royal Academician, is no stranger to Spain – that includes Órgiva. The scenery and brilliant light of Las Alpujarras has always attracted artists. Over the years, on visits to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, we’ve admired her astonishing use of colour and composition. … Continue reading

House names of Órgiva #1

Most people take pride in their homes in Órgiva (including washing their door steps each day) – although nearby Lanjarón wins the prize hands-down for how many geraniums can festoon a person’s home. In central Órgiva properties are numbered, but down the dusty lanes that trickle out into the countryside like tentacles, a house needs … Continue reading

Órgiva – Then and Now #8

These photos were taken on Plaza García Moreno in Órgiva. Both show the church but in the older picture the building to the left has since been knocked down. It’s currently wasteland waiting to be developed. The older photo, probably taken in the late 1950s/60s, shows a religious procession. The modern photo was taken in front … Continue reading

Goats on the Ruta Olivos Centenarios – Órgiva

Following on from yesterday’s post about the Ruta Olivos Centenarios in Órgiva – and that some of our younger (and older) readers love goats – here’s a 30-second clip. It reminds us of crossing London Bridge in the rush hour – but without being bumped in to and sworn at. It was filmed early on in … Continue reading

A Quiet Escape on the Ruta Olivos Centenarios – Órgiva (guest post)

A while back, Charlotte (and Ed) from the US wrote a fabulous post about their time in Órgiva. Charlotte offered to write another one – thank you! – and we just had to say ‘yes’. As before, it will be of particular interest to those who like walking and nature. Directions below – we hope … Continue reading

Casa de Vinos – Granada

We once calculated we’d spent 4.7 years of our lives in wine bars. We added an hour to the total in Granada at Casa de Vinos, a bar tucked away in the backstreets of this fabulous city – which isn’t a treat to visit as it costs just €5 each from Órgiva by bus. We … Continue reading