Culture and buildings

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Puente Nazari and abandoned Tablate village

A bridge over troubled water? perhaps, as it’s featured in battles, been knocked down and rebuilt, added to and was, eventually, removed from use as the main link between the eastern and western Alpujarras. Standing on the narrow bridge above the Tablate ravine, and with a hint of vertigo – as the trees and shrubs … Continue reading

Órgiva Then and Now – #15

Seeing as it dominates the town centre, it’s no surprise that we’ve featured Órgiva’s church previously. We captured it today as low pressure from North Africa nudged its way over the Alboran Sea into Andalucía making the skies dull and grey. No doubt when the 1933 photo below was taken it was a glorious day … Continue reading

The Last Run (Fuga Sin Fin) – 1971 film

1971, it was a very good year…for films: Fiddler on the Roof, Play Misty for Me, Diamonds Are Forever and, of course, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. But like any year, there were flops including The Last Run (you’ve never heard of it, right?). We have to come clean and say we hadn’t either. However, … Continue reading

La Rheúma – Hotel Bosques de la Alhambra, Granada

‘Would that be a double room with dripping walls and a sinister atmosphere, madam?’ Very few people visiting Granada get to miss this building, mainly because it sits beneath the Alhambra by the Rio Darro – a popular place to stroll along before perhaps heading up the steep, narrow streets of the Albaicin.  It doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

My sherry amour – Pathé film (1964)

Filmed in 1964 – when seven out of ten bottles of sherry were exported to Britain – this short film contains all colours of the rainbow in the women’s fiesta dresses – with ink-black bulls for contrast. We love these old Pathé films and wonder if anything has much changed in Spain. The loud and … Continue reading

El hospital de San Juan de Dios – Granada

Last week in Granada we spent the morning being kids again. With a lemon Tango in hand we sneaked into el hospital de San Juan de Dios to look around this magnificent, but sadly decrepit, building in the backstreets of the city. Like, say, the botanical gardens in Valencia, stepping away from the rumble of traffic and … Continue reading

Bacon, Freud and the London School – Museo Picasso Málaga

A new exhibition – Bacon, Freud y La Escuela de Londres – has rolled into town. Not Órgiva but sunny Málaga which, on this visit, had burst into life like a disturbed ants’ nest. The summer has truly begun and the tourists were out in force. Soon after arrival – but after a plate of fried … Continue reading

Órgiva, Lanjarón and the white villages – tourist film

Like the other tourism films on this blog, we didn’t lift a finger in producing it because, this time, we’ve been busy cleaning Saharan sand off every surface in sight. It came courtesy of last week’s rain which painted the Sierra Nevada orange like some awful 1970s dessert. The tango plume has gone and the … Continue reading

Órgiva Then and Now – #14

A walk into town passing pink almond petals floating in puddles, battered from branches by the rain. It’s dull and grey and there’s a trail of people heading slowly towards Órgiva’s church. The bell tolls; another funeral. The local rivers carry muddy rain water towards the Rio Guadelfeo. The shops and bars are all but … Continue reading

Manuel de Falla – his house in Granada

This blog’s ‘Then and Now‘ series demonstrates our enduring interest in places captured in time and their modern-day portrait; and so it continues as we stood outside the Granada home of Spanish composer, Manuel de Falla, born in Cádiz in 1876 (for a brief intro to his life, see bottom). The distant hum of traffic … Continue reading

Goodbye Campers! – Órgiva landmark bites the dust

This post may be of interest to those who know this area well, in particular, locals who knew ‘Upper Camping’ – officially Camping Puerta de la Alpujarra. As of today it has, literally, bitten the dust and looks like a modern day Pompeii. It’s a sad sight and (was) a landmark – its red pyramid-like towers … Continue reading

Órgiva Then and Now – #13

Recognise this? It’s Órgiva’s church – La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Expectation – before someone decided to rid its facade of charming trompe l’oeil detail and cover it up with the bland colour it is today. Maybe it’s had other designs since the cover-up – polka dots perhaps – but it’s sad it doesn’t look like this … Continue reading

Museo Casa Alpujarreña – Bubión, La Alpujarra

If you visit La Alpujarra, you’d be foolish to ignore the fantastic Museo Casa Alpujarreña, next to Bubión’s church. It’s a typical house of this area, barely altered since its previous – and final – occupier lived here. A time-capsule of a former home, it’s as if someone entered one day and asked for the … Continue reading

Infinite possibilities in Andalucía

If this previous promo film for Andalucia featured only beautiful people, this one – from Canal Sur Turismo – proves only white people live and visit the province. We really don’t need to do the tourist guys’ job for them, but it’s a nice snapshot of the area and includes snow on the Sierra Nevada, Ronda … Continue reading

You spin me right round – Discos Bora Bora, Granada

The great thing about not yet knowing a ‘new’ city is the stuff you stumble upon. So far we’ve chalked up a few smelly junk shops, the fabulous Tauriq – a preserving jar of Granada’s ceramics, bronze and old chestnut – and various restaurants that get you dribbling just at the thought of them. And sometimes … Continue reading