A glorious luminary in Madrid

If you happen to be in Madrid and you are attracted to the paintings of William Blake, you have the chance to visit an exhibition at CaixaForum, showing around 100 works on loan from the Tate Britain, which runs until the 21st of October. In 1890, George Bell & Sons of London, published the book "The poetical works of William Blake, Lyrical and Miscellaneous." The preface was written by William Michael Rossetti, brother of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and it was he who referred to Blake as a "glorious luminary". The inside cover of the book also quotes a poem by Shelley:

"He wanders, like a day-appearing dream,
Through the dim wildernesses of the mind"

With recommendations like these, who could miss the chance of admiring the works of William Blake.



A room with a view

Not the one in the novel by  E.M. Forster, but the one we stayed in recently at the Gran Hotel Elba Estepona and Thalasso Spa in Estepona (Málaga). The hotel is a very good option if you want to relax on the beach and the staff are very friendly. The rooms are spacious and all have sea views, and although the beach is narrow and with stones, it is not crowded. Enjoy!


Hemingway was here and Orson Welles still is

Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles spent a number of summers in the city of Ronda in Malaga. Both were drawn to bullfighting and in 1987, two years after Welles died, his ashes were buried in the country estate of his bullfighter friend Antonio Ordoñez, just outside Ronda.
The location of Ronda is, in itself, one of it´s main attractions. The city is perched on a ridge with a drop of around 100 metres and the canyon is known as el Tajo. The old part of town is joined to the new part of town by the Puente Nuevo (the New Bridge). Just by the bridge is the Parador, housed in the former Town Hall dating back to 1781. Even if you are not staying there, it is worth having lunch or a drink with great views. The bullfighting ring which is around the corner from the Parador is the oldest in Spain, built in 1784. The house of San Juan Bosco, so called because it was donated to the Salesian religious order by the owners, is worth a visit.

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