You never know what you’ll come across while walking around Sevilla. Spotted this on a weekend walk at the Huerta del Rey Moro, which is a community space that includes small shared gardens. I can only assume that this is a very Sevillano way of keeping the birds away.
Carlos, Iris & Samuel
So remember when I went to the Casual Hotel opening party and saw a brief performance by some actors from the Micro Teatro? Well, it turns out that they have started a new project called Micro Flamenco. And it’s fabulous. So fabulous in fact, that it has inspired me to create a new tour that incorporates this. More soon…
Last week I got BACK TO WORK and couldn’t be happier. It was great having a whole month off the tapas tours. I was still working on other things, and was actually able to focus on those things. I was also able to relax. Though I also get to relax at work… this pic is from last night’s fab Flamenco & Tapas Tour. Olé!
Ania la Cordobesa
This is probably as close as I’m going to get to the Feria de Abril this year. Well, other than to maybe stop by one afternoon to take horse photos. Ania and I were invited to a pre-feria event at the Taberna del Alabardero and both of us agreed that it was a much more pleasant experience than the actual feria here.
Notice token flamenco image in centre of collage ;). But flamenco really was the reason I ended up in Jerez this weekend, with my friend Jo. It turned out Jo was coming down from London for the weekend to take a couple of flamenco dance classes with renowned dancer and choreographer Joaquín Grilo. And as I also had plans to see Sara Baras we decided to make a weekend of it. Every year Jerez hosts this 10-day Festival de Jerez but this is the first time I’ve been. It’s great fun, lots of events going on around the city, which made Jo and I think that maybe next year we’ll come for a whole week.
Last night I was invited to attend the launch of a new intimate venue at the Museo del Baile Flamenco. The room is long and low and seats 45 people in two rows, so there isn’t a bad seat in the house. And as you can see, there is also no stage (making it difficult to take photos) but I enjoyed the cosy ambiance. I also liked that it was totally accoustic – unplugged flamenco! It’s really as close as you can get to a peña with a professional show and I plan to start incorporating it into my Flamenco & Tapas Tours.
Since I was visiting Jerez with two flamencos
nuts aficionados, Jo @missbishopsgate and Eva @ishowusevilla it was inevitable that we’d end up at Tabanco El Pasaje. Tabancos are traditional bars in Jerez that also bottle and sell the wines they offer by the glass, and El Pasaje is famous for its spontaneous flamenco performances. They also have programmed ones (which you can see above) but people also just drop in and take over the stage, with patrons joining in on the fun by singing along, hand-clapping and dancing. The video below is from my last afternoon in Jerez. I’d stopped by for a bit of amontillado before going to meet Jo for lunch and suddenly this happened! Unfortunately it hadn’t happend the day before when I was there with Eva or for sure you’d see her up there dancing too. Good times. #JerezGetaway #Flamencation