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The light dies down on Bib-Rambla (4K film)

Outside of Dublin and London we don’t think we love – and know – a city more: Granada. Long before lockdown, privately-made ‘strolls’ though cities – normally filmed in 4K – started appearing. Some might say they are a niche market: ‘why would I spend an hour watching a walk through the streets of Lisbon, … Continue reading

Hey Pesto!

At certain times of the year in the garden – after hours of watering, talking to the plants and pruning – it’s time to act. With basil, that means pesto. There’s no need for us to buy it, and anyway, the shop-bought packets and jars are invariably way too sweet. [If you receive this via … Continue reading

A shared view – a moment of connection

It’s not the first time we’ve had a guest post from Charlotte, who lives in the US. She loves the Alpujarras as much as we do. Her previous stories – A Quiet Escape on the Ruta Olivos Centenarios and On the buses – an American in Paradise are a joy to read. So it’s a … Continue reading

Órgiva’s illegal settlements and changes afoot

A recent town hall meeting involved, among others, the mayor (Raúl Orellana), the Guardia Civil, Medio Ambiente (environment), representatives of the ‘Government and Sustainable Development’ and the police. News sites, including Granada Digital, covered the issue of ‘asentamientos ilegales e irregulares‘ – illegal and irregular settlements. The focus is on the local alternative community, many … Continue reading

To cut a long journey short – Lanjarón’s new tunnel

Infrastructure plans – first mooted back in 2005 – are back on the table; this time though, things are looking up. Lanjarón’s town hall, the Junta de Andalucía and other local municipalities – including Órgiva – recently presented and/or attended a project to improve access to the Alpujarras from Granada, shortening the journey time and … Continue reading

Lost in the woods: Puerta de Bib-Rambla

With the imposing Alhambra bearing down on it, it’s easy to stroll past this old piece of Granada’s history with barely a glance. Nestled among the tall plane, horse chestnut and maple trees that cascade down the hill the Alhambra was built upon – Sabika – on first sight the arched gateway looks like a … Continue reading

Touching the sky: Capileira’s bell tower

As kids we would be be dragged around the south of England’s damp churches that smelt of varnished pews and candle smoke. If you were lucky you could take a trip up the bell tower. Stepping ever higher the dark, satanic bells seemed like monsters but then you had those views over chess board fields … Continue reading

Beniamino (Greenwich 2007)

Saw Maria today, walking down the hill to catch the bus. She had flowers for her husband’s grave. She visits him each Sunday. A long bus ride away. I always thought she just loved flowers. I’ve seen her many times over the years – with flowers squashed into her bag. Today with two bunches of … Continue reading

Granada: a city at rest

The devil has wrapped its arms around the world and all of us – to differing degrees of severity – are in lockdown. So, let us take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of… Granada. [If you receive this via email, please visit the blog.] Apart from the rustle of leaves … Continue reading

First time in Córdoba (part 1)

It’s taken a few years, but we finally managed a trip to Córdoba in February. A city that was once the second largest in Europe, where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in relative harmony and education and learning flourished. Despite our love for Granada, it was a thrill to be heading to another of Andalucía’s … Continue reading

Renovation of Órgiva’s bridge

This post will only be of interest to those who know Órgiva and, even then, it may be the most boring thing they’ve read in ages. The Bridge over the River Kwai Chico is having a facelift. It was deemed unstable a while back having largely withstood (since the 1920s) first, horse/mule-drawn carts, then cars … Continue reading

Lanjarón v Órgiva – how do they compare?

We’re fans of both Órgiva and Lanjarón and, while based in the former, a trip to our nearby spa town is always something we enjoy. They’re neighbouring towns in La Alpujarra competing for your affection – so just what is the difference between the two places? How dare you call me an egg-seller! Lanjarón may … Continue reading

Órgiva framed

We’ve borrowed a photo of Órgiva from an earlier post to compare the same scene painted many years ago. The picture hangs upstairs in Galindo’s bar next to the church. We don’t know anything about the artist – L Medina – but they had a good eye, capturing the whitewashed facades and evergreen valley which … Continue reading

Sunburn – a film set in La Alpujarra

Unsurprisingly, La Alpujarra attracts Andalucian tourist board and documentary film makers extolling its beauty. Aside from 1971’s ‘The Last Run’ (Fuga Sin Fin), we’re unsure what ‘proper’ films have been made in this area except, that is, Sunburn (2018) – a thriller/horror filmed in, and around, Bubión in 2016. We were hoping to write a … Continue reading

Lanjarón’s 2018 tapa extravaganza

[This event is now over.] Following our previous post about Venta Maria reopening, we continue the food theme but this time a post with an ‘eat by’ date – IV Ruta de la Tapa 2018. Running until next Sunday (2 December), it’s a chance to savour different tapas offered up by the bars and restaurants … Continue reading