• Cartajima advantages

    I recently returned from a short trip to my native land to visit my Elderly Aunt, who lives in Stratford upon Avon. Exciting as it is to travel even to familiar places and marvellous as it was listening to my…

  • Cartajima comes first

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, IKEA has done a Good Thing! To celebrate their Malaga store’s five year anniversary, IKEA promised 25,000 euros to the village that received the most votes. We won!! The 25,000 euros has to be spent…

  • My Quest for the Infernal Flame

    Years ago, in a tatty bar in the grotty end of a small Andalucian town, I had for the first time a unique and memorable tapa – Chorizo al Infierno. Google translates this delectable and dramatic dish as “sausage to…

  • 1843 – a seminal year for two Christmas traditions

    Season´s Greetings to friends of Los Castaños all over the world! Two lasting Christmas traditions were born In 1843. The first Christmas Card was created at the behest of the first director of London´s  V & A. It had all…

  • New restaurant Serrania de Ronda

    What else can one do on a dreary November Sunday but go out for lunch with a good bottle of red. But where to go. We ran through our favourite places but nothing appealed. It was beginning to look as…

  • The Priest and the Candlesticks

    During the construction of Los Castaños – eighteen months of fearful nail-biting punctuated by occasional outbursts of joyful anticipation – we at last reached a stage where security became an issue – in short, things were being nicked. The builders…

  • Tapas reach new heights in Ronda

    A new eating place was recently added to Ronda’s not inconsiderable gastronomic offering. De Locos Tapas is an absolute delight and we are thrilled to have it on our doorstep. They specialise in small plates which we love – sampling…

  • In praise of the trains of Spain

    Seeking a break from routine, Penny and I went to Cordoba for another look at the splendid Mezquita and an investigation into Sephardic cuisine in this centre of pre-inquisition Judaism. Eschewing the car, we decided to take the train so…

  • Fame at last

    As my loyal followers will know from previous postings of a personal nature, I foolishly went to sea when I was young. Once there, I spent several years on it, in it, surrounded by it, even washing in it and…

  • A Fihsy Business

    My friend, Penny, was wandering in Ronda the other day and spotted this intriguing sign: What sort of massage? As I make it my business to keep my readers abreast of local activities and opportunities, we made appointments and gave…