Semana Santa Procession Schedule (March 23rd, 2010)
Canal Sur has launched the version in pdf format as well as a version for your mobile phone!
Seville San Pablao Airport to get WiFi (Sep. 28th, 2009)
Plans are in place to offer WiFi internet access in Seville's San Pablo Airport. No
word yet on when the installation will be complete, but I do hope they will make it a free service!
Plaza Encarnacion to finish (Sep. 28th, 2009)
The progress made over the summer and into fall has been notable, with the last "mushroom" being
worked on in the actual Plaza de la Encarnacion. While a recent bit of city publicity listed the
end date for fall of 2009, I would bet my entire life savings (not much) that it will be into winter or
spring of 2010. Still, the pieces are coming together quite nicely and you can finally get a feel for
how the project will end.
Puerta de Jerez Metro station now open (Sep. 7th, 2009)
One of the principal stations for serving the city center was opened over the summer, making the
metro much more practical. Some delays were the result of a collapse in the street when a newspaper kiosk
fell several meters into a large hole, luckily without any injuries.
Dunkin Donuts!...no, wait, it's Duffin Dagels (May. 3rd, 2009)
While the Dunkin Donuts franchise continues to shy away from a Seville location (despite locations
as close by as Granada), you may see some familiar colors when you get to the end of Calle San Eloy near
the Hotel Melia Colon: the signs, donut racks, boxes, logo..and yes, the colors of the famous donut chain are
now here! But this is a clever competitor, curiously named Duffin Dagels. I don't know what a Duffin or
a Dagel is, but they have a wide selection of fresh donuts. Not the same as Dunkin Donuts, but it'll
get you donut lovers through any craving.
The tram will connect to a train station (May. 3rd, 2009)
But maybe not Santa Justa as I had previously mentioned. In hard economic times many have complained
that a large part of the tram line would overlap with the undergound metro, and objections have been raised
about the tram connecting Santa Justa. I now do know that priority has been given to extending the tram to
the San Bernardo train station, which is certainly smaller and perhaps not equipped to deal with an influx of
tourists looking to use the tram to get to their trains. But it's nice to see the tram connecting to any train
station in the city to give it more purpose!
Domino's Pizza replaces Pizza Hut (January. 15th, 2009)
Americans will of course recognize the names of the two largest pizza franchises in the U.S.
While I have little details as to the takeove or buyout, we returned from a Christmas trip to
the states to find that all of the Pizza Hut locations were converted into Dominos Pizza, and
with plenty of publicity for Dominos stuffed into our mailboxes.
Flamencotickets.com (Sep. 7th, 2008)
If you are visiting Seville and want to book tickets to a flamenco show in advance,
you can now do so through flamencotickets.com.
The new web site is run by myself and Thorsten Wilde. Over a 1 month period we visited five venues,
taking photos and video of each. We still have a few more to visit! For now you can visit and easily
compare the venues by services, size and price and make your decision.
Final touches on the tram (Sep.
One of the first complaints about the completion of the tram line were the differences in the electric poles and supports from the original conceptual drawings. To finish quickly, plain looking (and much larger) poles were installed to support the electric lines. As well, the electric lines were a mess with a larger mass of wires affecting visibility. During the summer the smaller, more elegant looking poles and supports have been installed and the amount of wiring visible has been reduced. It certainly looks better when you stroll down Avda Constitución.
Plaza Salvador and Cuesta del Rosario under works (Sep.
Now that the church is finally done, the city has moved on to the re urbanization projects that include the resurfacing of Plaza Salvador and the sidewalks on Cuesta del Rosario. These will be in the same style as the Plaza Alfalfa and other plazas nearby. I for one preferred the stones in Plaza Salvador, but we'll wait and see how it's finished to offer a final verdict.
The tram will connect with Santa Justa (Sep.
Plans are being finalized to connect the above ground tram to the Santa Justa Train Station. Currently the tram runs from Plaza Nueva to the Prado de San Sebastian (close to the Prado Bus Station and the Parque Maria Luisa). The next leg will continue to Nervion and then head to Avda. Kansas City, adding several stops along the way until the final arrival at the train station. The next logical step is to complete to loop. Original plans had the tram connecting Plaza Nueva with Calle O'Donnell, then La Campana and finally Santa Catalina. If it ever gets that far it's just a short addition to link up to Santa Justa from the other side of the city, creating a loop.
Take the AVE to the airport...in a few years! (Sep.
In further efforts to offer better mass transport connections in the city, plans have been announced to extend the AVE to Sevilla's San Pablo Airport. Work is expected to be done around 2012. This will not only provide a way to link the airport with Santa Justa, the tram and city buses, but also offer a way for those from outlying towns and cities to directly connect via train to the airport. Maybe this will help in adding some more international flights!
Plaza Alfalfa finished! (Nov.
After several months of work during the summer and early
fall, Plaza Alfalfa is now finished. Traffic has been rerouted
and we can now enjoy strolling through the plaza. More space
for seating for a few bars is nice, although we miss Alfalfa
10, which would have worked really well in the new pedestrian
plaza. (Instead we have a Salon de Juegos with smoked glass
windows and doors, just about the opposite of what should
be in the Plaza.) Rant over, the new Plaza Alfalfa features
a small playground, some benches and modern lights (jury
still out on the design of the lights). Over the last year
or so we have seen a transformation of many plazas in Seville:
Plaza Nueva (pedestrian and tram stop); Avda Constitución
(pedestrian and new tram line); Plaza del Pan (new lights,
benches and surface); Plaza de la Pescaderia (no longer
a parking lot!); Calle O'Donnell (pedestrian now for a few
years); Calle San Fernando (pedestrian and tram line along
Seville's Tranvia / Tram (Oct.
With the first leg expected to be operational by the end
of September, like most city projects this is running behind.
The last month there have been several tests to reduce the
noise and vibration level. Word is when it's full the vibrations
are still a little too much, especially for those with apartments
along portions of the route. When making a turn into the
Plaza Nueva I've heard screeching like nails on a chalkboard.
I hope they get it worked out soon. The first leg will connect
Plaza Nueva, Avda Constitución, Puerta Jerez, Calle San
Fernando (the University) and the Prado de San Sebastian.
Some ask what good is a tram with such a short route? Well,
I would have hoped it would be longer, but there are a couple
of things to know: 1) It will connect the Airport bus with
Plaza Nueva: for 3 Euros total you can take the Airport
bus to the Prado, then jump on the tram and take it to Plaza
Nueva. As buses won't get you that far it is a nice option
which gets you close to many hotels and hostals. 2) Eventually
the tram will link up with the Santa Justa train station.
When you arrive from by train you will (someday) be able
to get right to the city center for 1 Euro. 3) Ok, so there
are three things...the tram will work with the multi-pass
for city buses (bonobus) so you can do transfers
to get you into the city center.
Airport Bus (Oct..
Speaking of the Prado, the airport bus now has its closest
stop to the center in the Prado de San Sebastian, just next
to the bus station. The stop next to the Alfonso XIII hotel
is for now (and perhaps forever…?) no longer being used.
You can also get off at the Santa Justa train station and
catch bus 32 to take you into the center.
Bikes are everywhere (Oct..
You can't help but notice the increase in bike paths all
around the city center. Once the tranvia gets moving pedestrians
may feel like they're in Amsterdam, trying to dodge all
sorts of traffic (bike, car, tram and bus). Seriously, it
should not be that bad, and I think this is a good development.
Now the city has bikes to go with the bike paths, and at
a very reasonable rate. For residents there is a 10 Euro
annual fee, and any time you rent the bike you have up to
30 minutes free. Then 50 cents per half hour after that.
For visitors it is also possible to rent for a week or just
a day. You need a credit card and in the case of short term
rentals you can sign up on the spot at the kiosks located
next to the bike racks. For resident passes you can sign
up online or at the office in the center. The system will
freeze or debit 150 Euros from your credit card / bank account
when you take it off the rack. The money should be instantly
back in your account when you lock it back up.
City construction work update (Oct..
Seeing as my last update for the works going on in the city
was 5 months ago, time for a quick update on where things
- Plaza Nueva: done. This
seems to be the newest playground for small children.
On a nice day there are hundreds of children with their
families wandering about.
- Avda Constitucion: done,
and everyone seems to enjoy strolling down the new avenue.
- Puerta Jerez: one side is
done, with the part towards the river under heavy construction
for the Metro underground.
- Calle San Fernando: done,
making for a pleasant walk from the Cathedral to the University
and on to Parque Maira Luisa..
- Plaza de la Pescaderia:
done, and looking very good.
- Plaza Alfalfa: a mess, and
while they are behind schedule it appears it should be
finished in a few weeks. When done the plaza will finally
be pedestrian, as it always should have been. What a shame,
or better yet, what a crime it was that Alfalfa 10, one
of the best pastry and coffee shops in the city, was forced
out. In its place? A Salon de Juegos, where you can play
video games or gamble a little. That just sucks.
- Plaza Salvador: as mentioned
below the steps are now back and open for everyone to
sit on. The church is scheduled to reopen in time for
Semana Santa (mid March), and soon afterwards they will
renovate the plaza in front of the church.
- La Encarnacion: after some
ceremonial progress and the erecting of two small parts
of the parasols, things seem to have slowed down. Actually,
they are making progress but it is all within the dirt
pit where we can't see. I laugh when thinking that fall
2007 was once a target date for opening!
- Parque Maria Luisa: after
some road works were finished this is now back to it's
pedestrian state. For a year traffic from one of the main
avenues was being routed straight through the middle of
the park. Now it's safe to return.
Plaza renovations in the center (Apr. 1st, 2007)
Aside from the metro works there are several “reurbanization
projects” going on in many of the plazas. The Plaza
de la Pescaderia, located between Plaza Salvador and the
Alfalfa, joins the Plaza del Pan in a newer modern look.
Work was finished just in time for Semana Santa. Plaza del
Salvador is now back to its original size with the steps
to the church now open for sitting! These steps were always
an important part of the plaza’s atmosphere, where
crowds spilled out of the two bars on Saturday and Sunday
afternoons. While the church is still undergoing renovations
the plaza is back to normal.
Meanwhile the traffic and pedestrian routes around Plaza
Encarnación are also back to normal, making things
a little easier to get around the center. The concrete towers
which will hold the parasols, or mushrooms as we like to
call them, are now finished and we can see the first steps
in raising the larger structure.
Watch Semana Santa live online (Apr.
The Seville tourist office in conjunction with Giralda Television
is offering a live feed of all of the processions in Seville
this week. Just go to www.turismosevilla.tv and select the Semana Santa live feed. If you have a pop-up
blocker it may keep the window from coming up. This site
also has some great video about Seville. For a couple of
web cams you can try the Ayuntamiento's latest two cams
Nueva and Avda. Constitución.
Starbucks continues to choke the center with it's
coffee shops (Apr. 1st, 2007)
Soon it will be like downtown D.C., with a Starbucks every
4 – 5 blocks. A new location recently opened on Avenida
Constitución, about 400 meters away from two other
Starbucks locations. Lets count the locations over the last
two years - and I’m sure I am missing one or two!
Avda Constitución-Calle Alemanes (1), La Campana
(2), Reyes Católicos (3), Avda Constitución
in front of the Archivos de Indias (4), Puerta de Jerez
(5), Nervión (6). And I know there are others –
updates as soon as I find, to my disappointment, others…
Metro Centro work in the center (Apr. 1st, 2007)
When we talk about the metro works there are two ongoing
projects: the underground Metro, or subway system and the
above ground metro, known as the Metro Centro. The Metro
Centro is an above ground tram system which has caused the
most disruption in the zone closest to the major monuments.
So, now an update on the works: Plaza Nueva was opened for
Christmas, but works returned for a few months to correct
a few problems. Now Plaza Nueva is completed as well as
Avda. Constitución up until the Puerta de Jerez (Well,
there are a few bits left to take care of, but this should
be finished within the next 1 – 2 weeks). Puerta de
Jerez itself is still quite a mess. Along calle San Fernando
by the University the above ground tracks are being finished
up as the work on the underground section will continue
for some time. And there has been a lot of clean up work
for Semana Santa, but don’t be fooled: areas which
have been quickly cleaned up may be reopened to works after
Finally, another Rayas! (Apr.
While I could never complain about the location of the best
ice cream shop in Seville – its located 2 blocks from
my house just next to Plaza Cristo de Burgos – many
who lived in other parts of Seville had a long way to go
to enjoy Rayas. The excellently timed opening (just before
Semana Santa) of the second shop on Reyes Católicos
is a welcome addition to center. The shop looks pretty slick
Bike lanes everywhere; Rental bikes coming soon (Apr. 1st, 2007)
It’s hard to miss the bright green bikes lanes which
have been popping up along the major ring roads. There is
a plan to add over 50km of bike lanes around the center,
and even more connecting outlying areas. Eventually you
will be able to bike around the entire casco antiguo (old city center) and choose your point of entry to the
city. The city is also working out a deal with a company
to provide rental bikes at various points around the city
center. Included will be affordable year passes allowing
residents to “borrow” bikes and drop them off
at other distribution points. While you wait for the new
service, you can rent from www.rentabikesevilla.com. The
advantage here is the drop off service to your hotel, hostal
or apartment. And these bikes will fold up small enough
that you can take them on the bus or put them in the trunk
of a taxi.
and Wanadoo become Orange (Oct.
Wanadoo's offering of internet, telephone and cable, or
IPTV services has now been combined with Amena, and both
have thrown out there names to become Orange. You may have
noticed all of the stores around the center have already
change their names. The new company can now offer the whole
range of services in line with Telefonica and Movistar.
And with a rising customer dissatisfaction rate, Wanadoo
gets a chance at a new start with the new name.
to become 4th major mobile service provider (Oct. 3rd, 2006)
Having already signed infrastructure agreements with Movistar,
Vodafone and Orange (formerly Amena) to provide roaming
and 3G service, the next steps for Xfera are to launch service
to the public!. Covergae for Spain's 4th mobile phone service
provider should be best in the major cities and towns. No
word yet on the official launch date, although it was expected
in the 2nd half of 2006, and we are still waiting.
Women's Club of Seville (Sep.
The American Women's Club of Seville is hosting its annual
Coffee Morning to welcome members new and old into our 51st
membership year! Join us at Centro Norteamericano on Calle
Harinas, 16 & 18 on Friday, September 22nd from 11am
to 1pm. Please bring a small dish of a savory or sweet treat
to share. Membership dues are 25 Euros for the year. Learn
more about the benefits of membership at the Coffee Morning.
Membership is open to all English-speaking women of all
nationalities currently residing in Seville. Hope to see
you there! (No RSVP needed but you can reach us at email@example.com)
Restaurant news (June.
Ever changing because of the risky nature of the business,
some new additions which I will soon have reviews on. TGIFridays
will open up in the spot where Ribs (La Casas de las Costillas)
was located. This is a poor substitute for what was a good
place to eat with some American "charm" if you
will. In the Puerta de Carmona on Calle San Esteban, a new
Moroccan restaurant is slated to open. A new place for kebabs
and gyros is open for a few months now on Avda Menendez
Pelayo, just opposite the Jardines Murillo. And Starbucks
continues their plan of world domination through coffee
with a new location in La Campana, bringing a total of four
American establishments in what was once a very typical
sevillian corner of the city (other joints include: Burger
King, McDonalds and Ben & Jerry's).
U.S. Consulate relocates (May.
While thankfully my visits have been limited, it was always
a long haul to the consulate on Paseo de las Delicias near
the river. Now the large building has been abandoned for
a more cozy and central office in the Plaza Nueva, which
should make things easier for those in need of some consular
advice. The new address, with a combination of letters and
numbers which could confuse the most experienced sevillano, is: Plaza Nueva 8-8 duplicado, 2ª planta, E2, Nº
4. Telephone: 954 218 571
Seville's big dig (May.
The plan for pedestrian only zones, meets public transportation,
meets city center...It is quite a mess from the Puerta de
Jerez to Plaza Nueva at the moment, with works for the metro,
light rail and pedestrian only zones taking place at once.
The goals are taking traffic out of the center, saving the
Cathedral from pollution, creating a public transportation
link from bus, train and metro stations to the center, and
of course creating a more walkable city. For now entering
the Plaza Nueva must go through Calle Zaragoza, and is open
to taxis and residents only. Avda. Constitución is
cut off from all traffic, for what looks like forever.
Contenedor - contain your happiness (May. 4th, 2006)
With several American imports by way of Taste of America
in Madrid, Contenedor offers small "container displays"
of foods from around the world. American's are happy with
an interesting mix of items such as: Dr Pepper, Root beer,
Newman's own popcorn and tomato sauce, cake and pancake
mix, Big Red chewing gum and more. The products change month
to month depending on what is available. Many hard to find
international foods are also available with countries such
as Morocco, Japan, Greece, Italy among others. The store
is small, but there is always something which draws you
in. Located on Calle Imagen opposite Iglesia del Valle.
XIV Bienal Flamenco (Apr.
With the dates set for September 13 to October 15, Seville's
biannual event is taking form, although the bill is still
not set. The event is always a draw, and the organization
this year appears to be better than ever. This means September
and October, which is considered high season for tourists,
will be in heavier demand than normal. Certain to benefit
is the new Museum of Flamenco Dance, which just opened it's
doors on April 1st of 2006. If you are planning to visit
for the event, or just to see Seville, you should start
planning your accommodation now!
Express Office closed (Apr.
Experienced travelers have known for several years that
the age of the traveler's check and carrying cash to exchange
is over. With just about everyone carrying an ATM card with
an international network, most now prefer to take money
out at a cash point rather than wait in line at a bank or
an office. Because of this trend the American Express office
in Seville, formerly located in Plaza Nueva, has now closed
its doors. While less necessary now, I always liked the
additional back up (in extreme cases) of being able to cash
a personal check if I had to.
Sleepngo.com - shared flats and hostals (Apr. 17th, 2006)
Are you looking to visit Seville, and want to room with
someone who lives locally? Or maybe find a hostal that you
can't normally find online? Sleepngo.com offers several choices for accommodation which are a little
out of the ordinary, and certainly not available anywhere
else. Run by Thorsten, who knows all there is to know about
accommodation in Seville, these are cheap alternatives,
and a good way to see the city.
Plaza Nueva bus stops moved (Apr.
On April 5th all bus stops from in Plaza Nueva and Avda.
Constitución will be move to the Puerta de Jerez.
This year the move is permanent, in preparation for the
17 April start date of the project to make Avda. Constitución
a pedestrian street. This will help save the Cathedral from
damage due to pollution from car exhaust, as well as make
Seville a bit more walkable. This is also a larger part
of a plan which will connect the new Metro stop in Puerta
Jerez to bus stops and the above ground tram. Of course,
these connections will take a few more years, even if they
say the Metro will be done in late 2007.
Museo del Baile Flamenco (Mar.
On April 1st the Museum of Flamenco Dance, or Museo
del Baile Flamenco, will open it's doors to the public.
The plans are for permanent plus several changing exhibits,
as well as facilities for instruction in small classes.
The Museum can be found on Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos, just
a few blocks from Plaza Alfalfa.
New aquarium for Seville (Mar.
In what is to be a major upgrade to the gardens and port
along the Paseo de las Delicias, a new aquarium is being
built which will have the largest shark tank in all of Spain.
Along with the aquarium is redevelopment of the port with
the intention of welcoming more cruise ships to the city.
The gardens which run the banks of the river are also presently
undergoing significant works. The aquarium has a tentative
opening date of the 2nd quarter of 2007.
Seville's new Ferris wheel (Feb.
From World Tourist Attractions comes Seville's newest ride,
and it's not located in Isla Magica. Instead you will find
the new noria, or Ferris wheel, located just across
the avenue from the University in the Prado de San Sebastian.
Using an enclosed gondola system for the cars, each has
8 seats, with the VIP car sporting additional amenities
such as an LCD television, climate control and a phone.
A good chance to get a great view of the city from somewhere
else besides the Giralda.
Smoking ban - smoke free Seville? (Feb. 6th, 2006)
Everyone was going to quit smoking, and there was panic
throughout Spain. They would be forced to the streets! Did
the smoking ban have an effect? Yes, in all offices, even
in tobacco shops, you can no longer smoke to your heart's
content (although more than a few sneak a smoke in the back
room). For many visitors and sevillianos there was hope
for smoke free nights in bars and restaurants. The only
problem? If the establishment is less than 100 sq. meters
they didn't have to adopt a non-smoking policy. The result?
I have yet to see a tapas bar which doesn't have a sign
saying it is permitted to smoke inside. Still, there are
changes: many restaurants now have non-smoking sections,
and by law there are signs posted on the door to every establishment
indicating if you can smoke, if you cannot smoke, or if
there are smoking and non-smoking sections. And for the
clubs (bares de copas) and late night bar scene?
As of early February not even one owner had declared their
pet market comes to an end (Nov.
Did the bird flu kill the Alfalfa market? Seems this is
the excuse being thrown around for now, although many behind
the scenes sight a long list of complaints by merchants
around the plaza as well as some animal rights activists.
No doubt the bird flu has scared some and perhaps this was
the last straw, so to speak. For now we will miss seeing
all of the dogs and cats every Sunday. We've heard rumors
of the market being moved, but for now we hear it will no
longer be held in the Alfalfa. Last rumor was a move towards
the river in Torneo. Still no decision.
fate of Calle O'Donnell (Nov.
UPDATE: A large cement planter blocking the entry from the
Plaza de a Magdalena and my longer than normal taxi rides
to Santa Catalina have made it official: Calle O'Donnell
is now pedestrian only.
Taxi drivers took the streets a day after demonstrations
to close Calle O'Donnell completely for traffic. This time
the taxi drivers blocked the whole street and sat outside
smoking, causing many problems for others driving in the
center. As well the drivers were on a general strike so
it was a rough Thursday for anyone needing a cab. I for
one like the idea of no traffic through calle O'Donnell,
and in fact would like to see the entire center shut off
from cars, buses and taxis. That is until I own a car or
need a taxi. As a pedestrian only citizen anything with
a motor in the center is a nuisance, but there are some
practicalities to work out, and certainly all of Seville
city center cannot be pedestrian only.
Rentabikesevilla.com (Sep. 24th, 2005)
A new rent a bike service just started, run by Carlos Amarillo,
They rent small, foldable bikes which are ideal for fitting
into small places if you want to bring it on the bus or
store it in your hotel room. They have home/hotel delivery,
suggest routes and even offer a tour of the city with a
bilingual guide. Give them a call or contact them online
for more information.
streets growing... (Sep.
The finishing touches are being made to Calle O'Donnell,
which connects Plaza Magdalena and Calle Tetuan. In keeping
with the plan of making more streets pedestrian only, Calle
O'Donnell is just part of a greater vision in Seville. Plans
for Avenida constitución and areas around the Alfalfa
will create more walking space, and more headaches for those
looking to park in the center!
is underway! (Sep. 24th,
Sometime in early August the trucks and cranes arrived.
Now it seems every day there is construction in Plaza Encarnación.
After more than 30 years it looks like there will finally
be a market. Architectural design is still under scrutiny,
but the bottom level has been given the green light. In
two years we can expect the new market to be open to the
Flamenco-sevilla.com (April 3rd, 2005)
A new online flamenco store based in Sevilla has just launched. Flamenco-sevilla.com is run by Thorsten Wilde, my coworker at sevilla5.com. You
can purchase online from several brock and mortar stores
in the city, from guitars and dresses to shoes, castanets,
accessories and more. There is also a mercadillo where you can buy music and other items. And if you want
to sign up for flamenco courses at some of the best schools
in the city they have all of the information.
strike during Feria? (April
Still not finalized, but looming over the Feria de Abril
is a city bus strike. Considering the location of the Feria
in Los Remedios, away from the center, this could mean a
lot of extra walking for a lot of visitors and locals. There
is still time for things to be worked out, and by the looks
of things in Plaza Nueva - a tent city of striking bus drivers
- they may get something done in time. Still, the strike
is scheduled to go into effect the 11th of April, just a
day before the Feria starts.
foods in El Corte Inglés (March
For the entire month of March El Corte Ingles has installed
a International Foods Fair of sorts on the 5th floor of
the Plaza del Duque location. Foods from all over Europe
which you can't generally find are on sale. The whole continent
is covered and and the time is right for stocking up on
a few items you shouldn't expect to see again, at least
until next year.
- new Middle Eastern Restaurant - opens (February
Located in the Puerta de la Carne in barrio Santa Cruz,
Aladdin has opened it's doors. Serving up some standard
fare such as falafel, kebabs, shoarmas (gyros) humus and
more. All at very reasonable prices as well. A new pizzeria
has also opened just a few doors down.
Rock closes (February 12th,
Sevilla Rock, one of the largest music stores (CDs and DVDs)
located in Plaza del Duque, closed it's doors for good recently.
Aside from selling lots of music it was also a location
for ticket sales for many acts which came to Sevilla.
de Sevilla - Sevilla's Arab baths are open! (January15th, 2004)
Whether you live in Seville or are just visiting a trip
to the new Arab Baths is well worth it. From the different
tempertaure baths to the massages and teteria there
is something for just about anyone looking to relax. The
complex is on the site of an original Arab bath from centuries
ago. You can find Aire de Sevilla on calle Aire in barrio
Santa Cruz, open until midnight just about every night.
- it's in Seville and it's free! (December
Finally someone has stepped up and offered WiFi (wireless
internet access) in an establishment. And best of all it's
free! Head to Plaza Coffee Bar on calle Canalejas, just
a few blocks from calle San Eloy and the main shopping district.
You have to like the space and atmosphere in this place
as well: they have three rooms, many with comfortable couches.
They have art exhibits from local artists, film screenings
every Wednesday, plus football (soccer) matches. They also
serve coffee, pastries, beer and mixed drinks. The best
part is of course free internet access if you have a laptop
that uses WiFi. If you don't have a computer you can connect
to the internet on one of three desktop computers at the
cost of 1 Euro per hour.
closures in the center (December
If you are driving to the center of Seville beware of the
road closures at various entry points. These control points
are set up to keep the streets pedestrian friendly during
the height of the holiday shopping period. Residents and
deliveries are allowed in but others will be turned away
by the local police. Note that the hours of 15:00 - 17:00,
plus after 21:00 there is no control and you may pass through
second Starbucks (December
We were invited to the grand opening of Sevilla's second
Starbucks just before the Christmas holidays. The second
location is in Nervion Plaza on the ground floor close to
where the supermarket Mas y Mas is located. This is a little
smaller than the first location on Avda Constitución
near the Cathedral, but they are serving up the same coffee
and pastries. For those seeking a smoke-free place to enjoy
coffee they also have a non-smoking section.
can I buy Davis Cup Tickets? (November
Tickets through El
Corte Inglés, although the link is pretty much
useless at this point. There were only 3,600 available to
the public in Sevilla, down from the 5,000 they expected.
People lined up to buy them all in the morning. Now expect
prices from resellers of up to 1000 Euros online. And expect
thousands if not tens of thousands of fans to be in Sevilla
who will never get in. More information about the event
can be found on the Official
Davis Cup page.
9/11 on Canal Plus- Monday October 25th (October
It is the world television premier in Spain! You must have
Canal Plus to see it, and if you do and want to see it in
English you should be able to change the audio (no word
if it will be subtitled or not). If you miss it the first
time around don't worry - it will be on again many times.
Betis vs. Real Madrid - Saturday October 16th (October
Real Madrid comes in limping from a what the fans consider
a poor showing in the first five matches of the league schedule.
Betis has improved as of late but still finds themselves
at the bottom of the league table. Still, after a 1-1 draw
against league leader Valencia this match should be a good
one. Tickets can be purchased the day of or for a much higher
price on Tetuan at the event reseller office. As a betico and socio I am looking forward to this match!
Selected as Davis Cup finals site (September
Just after the World Championship of Golf comes the Davis
Cup finals in tennis, with the U.S. taking on Spain. The
official press release from the International Tennis Federation:
London, ENGLAND, 28 Sep 2004 - The ITF announced
that the Real Federacion Espanola de Tenis (RFET) has nominated
Seville as the venue for the Final of the 2004 Davis Cup
by BNP Paribas between Spain and USA on 3-5 December. The
RFET proposal for the final is the Estadio Olympico de la
Cartuja (Olympic stadium of La Cartuja) with a capacity
of around 22,000 spectators with clay as the surface. The
choice of venue requires ratification from the Davis Cup
Committee, who will meet in Madrid on Wednesday. This ratification
is subject to a successful site visit by the ITF. This is
the first meeting between the two nations in a Davis Cup
final. Spain, the 2000 champion, is contesting its third
final in five years, while the USA is through to its first
final since 1997. Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest
annual international team competition in sport with 137
nations entered in 2004.
internet in the center (September
If you don't mind the limited hours (10am-2pm; 5-8pm), and
the limited usage (1 hour limit) then the new "cyber"
tourist office on the corner of Plaza San Francisco offers
a great service at a great price: free internet usage on
one of 10 computers in the lobby on the bottom floor. To
use the internet you need to give your last name at the
desk in the back of the lobby and then you can surf away
at no cost. Especially nice if you just have to check your
Supermarket in El Corte Inglés de
la Magdalena (September 22nd,,
This may be old news (relatively) but during the summer
months of July and August El Corte Inglés renovated
the basement of their Plaza Magdalena store to include a
new, although smaller, supermarket. Before the only supermarket
location for the store was in Plaza del Duque. It's nice
to be able to buy groceries in either store.
Avda Constitución for pedestrians
only! (September 10th, 2004)
In part to save the Cathedral from the damaging pollution
and in part to make the center more pedestrian friendly,
the ayuntamiento has declared that the project will go through
without delays, making the part of the Avda. leading to
Plaza Nueva a pedestrian street. Somehow they will continue
the bus service to Plaza Nueva, although several studies
must be completed to figure out the best solution. The project
is likely to be finished in 2007.
cheap international calls from your móvil (September 6th, 2004)
Perhaps taking advantage of the new law for calling cards
from a public phone (see below), Amena has stepped up to
offer a calling card to their mobile phone users that makes
calling the U.S., Canada and other countries as cheap as
0,04€ a minute. You purchase a card for 5€,
then make a toll-free call from your Amena mobile phone
and you can talk without losing money on your mobile phone's
normal minutes. This is a change from other cards where
you are charged the rate of a local call by your mobile
provider, and then charged again on the calling card. For
those of you without an Amena mobile phone you are out of
luck for now, but I wouldn't be surprised if the other companies
start to offer something like this soon.
calling card law in Spain (September
Thanks to a student who found out the hard way and Jeremy
over at multimadrid.com we get the news that a new law will
make it much more expensive to use a prepaid calling card
at a public phone booth. According to Jeremy, "as of
August 1st, 2004, there is a new regulation in effect for
ALL PREPAID CALLING CARDS when used from payphones in Spain.
The regulation adds a 12 cent/minute surcharge to the calling
rate when using cards from public payphones and this effects
the 2.8 cent/minute rate of the "eurodirect" card
ONLY when used from a public payphone. The rate from a public
payphone in Spain is now 14.8 cents./min. Since this regulation
affect ALL ALL PREPAID CALLING CARDS SOLD IN SPAIN, the
"eurodirect" card is still the best and cheapest
card on the market. The telephone companies who own the
payphones in Spain got this regulation passed since they
were losing a huge amt. of money due to the extensive use
of prepaid calling cards." You can find out more at
his site europhonecards.org
rumors are just that (September
Oh the buzz one web site can create. Seems a music site
had posted that Eminem was coming to town to perform during
the World Wakeboarding Championships and soon the news was
everywhere. Universal, the artist's record label, has called
the bluff with a press release that there are no plans (nor
will there be) for Eminem to appear in Sevilla in October.
They also pointed out that the site the article was posted
on had no contact information - email or telephone.
in Sevilla is Cancelled in Sevilla (August 16th, 2004)
Did Sevilla turn down the repeated requests for more money
to fund the show? Or did the director get sick? I've heard
various rumors for why this grand event was cancelled but
don't know the truth myself. The cancellation has proved
to be a big disappointment for those who made travel plans
and those who planned to host them.
Road closures in the center (August 5th, 2004)
Taking advantage of the slow summer months there have been
numerous road closings due to work by EMASESA, the local
water utility. Several roads in the center, both pedestrian
and vehicle, have been blocked off as pipes are replaced.
Add this work to the closing and rerouting of traffic for
the new metro and Sevilla has become a mess to drive through.
first Starbucks (July
In it's continued plan for world domination through coffee,
Starbucks has opened a location on the corner of Avda. Constitución
just next to the Cathedral. Taking on local rival San Buenaventura
across the street, Starbucks will be serving up baked goods
alongside some 30 variations of it's brown beverage. I am
oh so excited...
Blasts rock Madird's railway
system (March 12th, 2004)
It's ugly and scary for anyone living in Spain and or traveling
through it. Having moved through Atocha on many, many occasions
it hits home and every hour the toll is worse. 14 of the
victims are from 10 different countries, and I suppose we
will know more about their origins and the stories of the
184 Spanish as time moves on. We are in the middle of 3
days of mourning - it is a sady day. According to CNN: "A
coordinated wave of bomb attacks on Madrid's commuter train
system today killed at least 198 people and wounded over
1,000 at the height of the city's rush hour. There has been
no claim of responsibility in the bombings, but Spanish
officials are blaming terrorists from the Basque separatist
Ikea Fever (February 15th, 2004)
Ikea, Ikea, Ikea! There hasn't been this much excitement
for a new store around here in a long time. Can you find
someone who hasn't heard of Ikea in Sevilla? Open for the
first time in late January business is going strong and
Saturday afternoon's there can be a nightmare. While technically
not in Sevilla, but in Castilleja, there are free buses
which will take you there. Give it a few years and the inside
of half the rental apartments will look the same.
Ruta de la Ceramica in Triana (February 7th, 2004)
In what will be the first of 6 rutas turisticas, or
tourist routes, in Triana, the Ruta de la Ceramica combines
more than 40 sites, including ceramic shops and studios,
monuments and buildings in Triana. All dedicated to the azulejo!
New signs to go up on 100
of Sevilla's churches (February 7th, 2004)
Sevilla's churches will soon include historic information
in the form of signs posted in four languages: Spanish,
English, French and Portuguese. The plan is being put into
effect starting in the spring to better inform tourists
and locals about the history, art and architecture of the
likely finished (February 6th, 2004)
Work really progressed the last month or so and unless their's
a new discovery with the use of radar equipment, the work
on the rest of the 3,000 meters of space will finish this
week. Work on the market, which has waited over 30 years
now, will begin around October and likely suffer from delays
in the rainy months. Ruins include 4th and 5th century churches
as well as 4th and 3rd century B.C. ruins from Roman times
- you can finally get some information at the site with
the new signs erected just within the site along the bus
information from 20 Minutos)
El Salvador church excavations
reveal more information about the site of a mosque (February 6th, 2004)
More light is being shed on the remains of a mosque in which
Iglesia Salvador was built upon. The land was likely an
important religious site dating much further back than the
Arab occupation as well. For now details are emerging about
the old mosque, which stretched past the Calle Cuesta del
Rosario. Archaeologists are taking advantage of the needed
renovations of the church to further study the the mezquita.
More video on city buses (January 15th, 2004)
Riding the city bus as a tourist or a new arrival to the
city is getting easier with video to entertain and help
you during the ride. The new video screens will soon be
on all buses, showing a map and announcing the next stop.
Information on events such as concerts, exhibitions, theatre
and more include the bus lines you need to take to see each
one. Trivia and news on entertainment and sports gives you
something to look at - just make sure you don't miss your
AVE tickets to rise by 1€ (January 11th, 2004)
Ok, so it's just a Euro, but soon it will be 2 and then
3 or 4. But that's how it goes. The price increase is scheduled
to go into effect soon.
Sevilla will be home of the
largest Arab baths in Spain (January 7th, 2004)
Investing almost 2 million Euros, Sevilla will become the
home of the largest functioning Arab baths in Spain. The
baths, which follow successful models in Granada and Córdoba,
will be called Baños Arabes del Aire in Santa Cruz,
on the corner of Calle Fabiola and Aire. Renovations are
underway in the 17th-Century house, including restoring
the remains of an impressive former Arab bath discovered
in the building. Roman pieces located at the site will be
restored as well. The space will be approximately 1,200
square meters and offer services such as hydro-massage,
pools, baths, showers, saunas, massages and various salons.
Prices will likely range from 30-50€ depending on
Sales, Sales, Sales (January 7th, 2004)
Starting today stores officially begin with their rebajas or after Christmas sales. Discounts will be found just about
everywhere as stores try to get rid of their Holiday season
merchandise. Sales will last through March 7th.
Streets in the center for
resident traffic only (December
Beginning a few days ago the streets in the center will
be closed except for residents. Police are set up along
the various entrances to keep the traffic flow at a minimum
and keep holiday shoppers content. This should last until
January 7th when the holiday season is over.
World Cup of Golf Coming to
Sevilla in 2004 (December
It's now official after the mayor's signature - the World
Cup of Gold will be in Sevilla! The event will be held in
November of 2004 at the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla. If
you need some help getting around during the World Cup of
Golf check out Antonio
Doblas' site - he's an official tour guide who can show
you the city!
Triana Republica Independiente! (December 15th, 2003)
Triana, on the other side of the river from the center of
Sevilla has a character of it's own, and many residents
often think of themselves as from Triana and then Sevilla,
or often Triana as it's own city, or republica. While most of it's just good fun they do take the distinct
community and character of Triana seriously - so much so
that the Ayuntamiento has presented the neighborhood with
it's own logo - "hecho en Triana" - representing
goods, services and historic sites in the district. The
red "T" surrounded by a green circle should start
popping up soon.
When do the airport taxi fixed
fares go into effect? (December
Announced some time ago, the fixed fare to and from the
airport has yet to go into effect...or has it? Despite calls
to the Ayuntamiento and their claims that it has not officially
been put into action some taxi drivers are beginning to
charge the 15€ and 18€ fees to and from the
airport. Is the fixed fee, or tarifa fija, a good
deal? My taxi from the Prado to the airport cost a little
over 13€, but depending on when you catch it and the
time of day (traffic) it might cost more. It's probably
a good deal only to keep you from guessing or worrying whether
your taxi driver is doing vueltos por la ciudad while watching the meter climb. Update (February 4th, 2004) The
fares went into effect officially on January 7th, 2004.
Now you won't have to guess if you feel your being overcharged.
Taxi fares hiked (November 29th, 2003)
Taxi fares will make their annual rise this year, with an
increase of 2.6% for general fares in 2004. Also approved
was a 25% increase for fares in Semana Santa, yet another
rate increase in fees during the holiday week, making it
more expensive to eat, sleep, and get around town.
Christmas lights in Sevilla (November 20th, 2003)
The lights are going up throughout the city as I write this!
Over 80 streets will be lit up in December - the most ever
- some with the help of solar power. Most of the nativity
scenes in store fronts will be displayed starting the first
week of December. This and the fellows roasting chestnuts
throughout the center should make for a festive Christmas
Archaeological Museum forced
to temporarily close some exhibits (November
The Archeological Museum has been operating at half capacity
from the absence of security guards due to sick leave. Exhibits
such as the prehistoric room have been closed several days
during the last two weeks due to lack of watchmen.
Columbus DNA Analysis begins (November 17th, 2003)
Tests are set for this week to determine whether Columbus'
remains are in the Cathedral of Sevilla as claimed by some
or in Santo Domingo as claimed by others. The series of
tests will compare DNA of both sets of remains to that of
his son's, Hernando Colon, because of the certainty of his
son's final resting place. Within 2-3 months the tests will
be completed, finally removing any doubt and allowing one
place to claim the honor of his final resting place. Then
again if neither set matches the mystery will begin again.
Bus strike on December 4th? (November 14th, 2003)
The UGT (labor union) division for transportation is possibly
planning a strike for the 4th of December which will affect
bus service. Other unions are likely to join, but nothing
has been finalized yet. Update - we were
lucky, and I don't know why but the strike never happened!
130 Million Euros for more
green space in Sevilla (November
The Department of Environment and the city government have
agreed to set aside 130,000,000€ to renovate and create
existing parks in the city. A recent study found Sevilla
was well behind other cities in Spain and Europe in amount
of park space per person. In response the plans are in place
to renovate the following parks: Parque Central del Polígono
Aeropuerto, Parque de Guadaíra, Parque de la Glorieta
Olímpica, Parque de Torreblanca and Parque de Alcosa.
Archivo de Indias Auctioned
Off? (November 10th, 2003)
Criticism of the slow progress in renovating the Archivo
de Indias continues. The building houses the world's largest
collection of documents on the "New World" exploration,
including Columbus' voyages. The most recent problem is
the disappearance of marble and stone items which have been
appearing online for auction. Local party politics has become
part of the problem with the PSOE and PP trading accusations
of who is responsible for the lack of control. No fixed
final date has been set for reopening of the building.
Cirque du Soleil - Saltimbanco,
coming to Sevilla (November
One of the many touring groups who form a part of the famous
"circus" will be in Sevilla for two weeks in January.
Only the folks at Cirque
du Soleil can explain what Saltimbanco is: "a celebration
of life. Conceived as an antidote to the violence and despair
so prevalent in the 20th century, this phantasmagoria offers
up a new vision of urban life, overflowing with optimism
and joy. Saltimbanco is anything but linear; rather, it
is a kaleidoscope, a whirlwind, an adventure in which anything
can happen. Saltimbanco has its own special language, and
its spirit is conveyed through voice, movement and music.
For more information you can click here.
And to purchase tickets here's the link.
Update on Plaza Encarnación
Project (October 28th, 2003)
The government of Sevilla and Andalucia have come to an
agreement which will allow the final phase of excavations
en Plaza Encarnación. You'll be able to see more
of the work as they've recently taken down the walls and
put up fences which permit passers-by to see the ruins better.
Two sections, one called La Casa de las Columnas (roman
ruins) and another an iglesia paleocristiana, will
soon be finished in order to begin construction of the new
market. Work on restoring and preserving mosaics and other
artifacts will now begin. Once completed the archaeologists
will have only finished 20% of the entire area they wish
Parque Maria Luisa changes
coming soon (October 28th,
Parque Maria Luisa will receive some 10 million Euros to
promote more cultural activities leisure activities in the
coming year. The goal is to make the park more of a center
of activity for the people of Sevilla, with cultural events
and more being decided. Included in the plans is renovation
of the land around the Plaza de España, Seville's
third most visited site behind the Alcazar and the Cathedral.
Iberia announces new flights
from Sevilla (October 28th,
Iberia will offer three new flights from San Pablo airport.
Direct flights will run from Monday-Saturday to Santiago
de Compostela (7:30am), Paris (9am, 2pm) and Zurich (9:05am).
Air Berlin recently announced they will offer direct flights
to 17 destinations in Germany starting in November and slated
to run through March of next year.
City Bus ticket prices to
rise (October 20th, 2003)
Prices for individual tickets, including the bonobus and monthly passes will rise up to 11% beginning in
2004. Individual tickets will rise from 0,90€ to 1€.
The bonobus without transfer will cost 3,90€,
while the price with transfer (transbordo) will
cost 4,60€. Price for the monthly or 30 day pas will
rise to 28€. More
Reduction in Sevilla-Madrid
AVE Weekend Trips (October
Catching the AVE from Sevilla to Madrid during the weekend
may be more difficult for a while. Due to the new leg of
the AVE from Madrid-Lleida and the need for the trains to
cover more ground, trips on the Sevilla-Madrid line have
been reduced by more than 2,000 passengers per weekend.
The situation is temporary as RENFE awaits the deployment
of new trains currently being built. More
A-4 will remain toll road until 2019 (October
Plans to make the route between Sevilla and Cádiz
a toll free highway (via autopista A-4) will wait
until 2019. This is much later than expected. More
Sevilla-Betis Match Sunday (October 17th, 2003)
The first match of the biannual derby comes to us this Sunday
night at 9:30, when Betis takes on Sevilla F.C. in Sánchez
Pizjuán Stadium. When it comes to fierceness of the
rivalry think Duke-UNC, Michigan-Ohio State, Yankees-Red
Sox, Raiders-Chiefs, Pittsburgh-Cleveland, Oklahoma-Texas.
An additional 400 security guards and police have been called
up to keep things from getting violent. No matter what colors
you prefer if you plan to go to the match hide your team
preference will making your way to the stadium to avoid
World Flamenco Fair (October 17th, 2003)
The 3rd annual
World Flamenco Fair is coming to Sevilla next week.
While there is a lot of trade show and business stuff going
on you can also catch performances daily from October 23rd
to 26th. Tickets to the Fair for the public are 8€. More
Cheap Flights from Seville
to Germany (October 14th,
According to the newspaper 20
Minutos Air Berlin announced new flights from Sevilla
San Pablo Airport to 17 destinations in Germany. The flights
will begin in November and run through March with prices
starting at 99€. Air Berlin plans to offer more flights
from Málaga and Jerez as well. Whether the new flights
will continue through the summer depends on their success
during fall and winter. More
Kentucky Fried Chicken Arrives
in Sevilla (September 28th,
2003 - updated October 12th)
Adding to the list of American fast food restaurants in
Seville, Kentucky Fried Chicken has opened their doors and
people are lining up for buckets of chicken. The ne KFC
is on Calle Reyes Catolico near the Hagen Daz location as
you head to the Tirana bridge. For those looking for fast
food or other American chain restaurants Sevilla now has
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Burger King, and Ben & Jerry's.
Tarifa Fija, or
fixed fee, approved for Taxi Trips to and From Airport (Oct.
The Price Commission of Andalucia approved a fixed rate
for all rides to and from the airport. Prices for travel
during the weekday have been set at 15€, while nighttime,
weekend and holidays will be 18€. Cab drivers complain
the fees set were too little, while some consumers complain
it's too much for some trips. For visitors it should make
things easier. A start date has yet to been set.
See the Giraldillo up close (Oct. 9, 2003)
If you've been to Sevilla over the last four years and thought
you saw the Giraldillo (the weather vane woman standing
atop the Giralda) you're likely wrong: that was a copy.
After 600,000€ and four years El Giraldillo has finally
been restored and is ready to perch above the Giralda again,
with the Archbishop's blessing of course. Before that you
can see it up close in an exhibition between October
22nd and December 21st in the Reales
Atarazanas, located next to the Hospital de La Caridad near
will continue to wait (Oct.
Looks like another year until the final plan will be ready
for the construction of the mercado in the Encarnación.
The current market, provisional since 1973, is located next
to the future (and past) site where archaeologists are currently
working on excavating ruins from Roman and Arab civilizations.
The market is a sore point for many locals and even more
so the people working in the market. After waiting almost
30 years for a new market with underground parking, the
discovery of the ruins led the city government to trash
the parking plan and delay construction until excavation
of the ruins could be completed. The site, however, is said
to be a significant find.
New portion of AVE route
to open Saturday (Oct. 7,
The newest leg from Madrid to Zaragoza to Lleida opened
today for a promotional run with politicians, RENFE executives
and the press taking the first ride. Service for the general
public will begin on Saturday, October 11th. The train will
eventually reach Barcelona and France where hopes are to
connect the entire line up to the Chunnel (arriving in the
UK). Future plans include extending the line to Málaga. Take
a closer look at the AVE.
Status of Iglesia Salvador (Oct. 7, 2003)
Work should begin immediately on restoration of Iglesia
Salvador. 3 million Euros has been appropriated for the
work. There still is no timetable for completion of the
restoration and reopening of the church. More
Mobile phone call prices
to drop (Oct. 5, 2003)
In good news to mobile phone users the CMT (Consejo de la
Comisión del Mercado de Telecomunicaciones)
has ordered the three principal phone companies to lower
their rates for inter company calls. This means calls from
one mobile phone provider to another should drop. Vodafone
and Movistar have been ordered to drop prices by 7%, while
Amena has been ordered to drop rates by 12%. The European
Union is also in the process of taking the three companies
to court in order to lower prices of calls made to mobile
phones from fixed lines.
Construction of Seville's
metro underway (Oct. 1, 2003)
The long awaited and once abandoned metro (subway) project
is underway, with the first part of the tunnel undergoing
inspections in late September. The first line has a projected
opening date of June 2006, which will likely change as the
date nears. When finished, service on the first line will
include 23 stops including the following areas: Montequinto
(Dos Hermanas)- Universidad Pablo de Olavide- Puerta de
Jerez - Plaza de Cuba - Avenida Blas Infante - San Juan
de Aznalfarache - Ciudad Expo (Mairena del Aljarafe). More
Kentucky Fried Chicken Arrives
in Sevilla (September 28th,
Adding to the list of American fast food restaurants in
Seville, Kentucky Fried Chicken will likely open their doors
sometime in October. The restaurant will open on Calle Reyes
Catolico near the Hagen Daz location. For those looking
for fast food or other American chain restaurants Sevilla
now has Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Burger King, and Ben &
Festival de las Naciones
in Sevilla (September 26th;
March 1, 2003)
Opened on September 25th in the Prado de San Sebastian,
and to run for about a month. While a bit expensive the
Festival de las Naciones is worth the trip if you're craving
some foods you may have a hard time finding in Sevilla.
Argentinean steaks, gyros, Mexican, Peruvian and other foods
as well as some different beers can be sampled at various
food stands. Almost all include seating and table service
if you can get a table. Also part of the Festival are musical
performances (generally during the evening) as well as small
shops where you can by arts and crafts, furniture, and clothing
from around the world.
Iglesia Salvador closed for
repairs (September 20th;
March 1, 2003)
Close to a month before Semana Santa a large piece of rock
fell from the ceiling, prompting authorities to close the
church for repairs. Expecting at least a year of renovations,
archeological work has also been started to determine whether
the site, as has long been declared, is the location of
the first Christian church in Seville.
Canal Satelite Digital and
Via Digital Merge (July 24th,
In what is likely good news for consumers, Canal Satelite
Digital and Via Digital, the two main competitors in the
satellite TV market, have merged their system and programming
today. Now offering some 150 channels, the new Digital Plus
will use existing hardware of the separate companies and
it will likely be some time before the software platforms
of both systems are merged into one. The bad news for consumers
is less competition which could lead to price increases
over the long run. More
information on Digital Plus.