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Sunday, 21 December 2014

SEVILLA goes to SEVILLA

Sunday, December 21, 2014 Jan Sevilla





He couldn’t be a converso. But he could be a Gitano.

He has the song that echoes of his fathers. It was a primitive cry. A sort of spiritual chant but somewhere along the rustic lines and the shattering jondo voice, is a flowing emotional expression of inner struggle and pride, about perpetual desire and of longing, desperation and hope.

by Chris Potts

Saturday, 6 December 2014

NOTES FROM THE KITCHEN

Saturday, December 06, 2014 Jan Sevilla




Why do I find it hard not to be charmed or even excited by the sound of  shattering ice when some liquid is poured on to it, or when the sizzle of meat hits a searing grill, the ping of the burning oven, the soft rip of a warm crispy baguette and the pop of a wine bottle being opened? Perhaps beneath this mind stimulating-palate teasing phenomenon; lies an emerging image of a place where they all exist, we call it simply – the kitchen.

Friday, 14 November 2014

SO it is – in the bed of the artists

Friday, November 14, 2014 Jan Sevilla



There’s a new wind blowing in Bangkok.

It’s not that it’s going to storm. It’s a kind of breeze, refreshing enough to cool down the sweltering heat, and the kind that stimulates a visiting traveler’s imagination.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

IN SEARCH OF BANGKOK 'S EPICUREAN COCOONS

Saturday, October 18, 2014 Jan Sevilla




Bangkok is bewildering and bewitching, but most of all Bangkok is hot. In the glare of the tropical sun, it could either catapult almost everyone out of the one’s comfort zone or even spoil its ever swelling number of visitors with graciousness and hospitality.

Photo by MichalRuth

Sunday, 21 September 2014

ISTANBUL : OLD IS THE NEW SPIRIT

Sunday, September 21, 2014 Jan Sevilla



Most everyday at six, old wooden carts pass and move along the narrow cobblestoned alleyways hauling merchandise of freshly picked cucumbers, tomatoes, nuts and assorted vegetables. Here at the Grand Bazaar, farmers in their turbans make up the early morning scene as they patiently wait for shops to open. Anytime soon, this labyrinth of shops occupying 64 streets and with more than 4,000 vendors will become a dizzying tourist trap and fanciful treasure trove. 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

IN MARSEILLE, MIND YOUR SOUPY BUSINESS

Saturday, August 23, 2014 Jan Sevilla
Bouillabaisse ​[bu.ja.bɛːs].  For first timers, getting the correct pronunciation is hard. Yet it’s even harder to spell it. For first timers, it’s also easier to have a bowl of soup in Shanghai, Japan or even in Malaysia, where slurping is encouraged. But here in Marseille, the birthplace of bouillabaisse – it is no casual affair.


Saturday, 9 August 2014

LOVE LOST YET FOUND IN THE FRENCH ALPS

Saturday, August 09, 2014 Jan Sevilla




Either he picked up the wrong colors or has probably run out of paint; Paul Cézanne, the most rebellious of the 19th-century French artists, painted his work of art “Le Lac d’Annecy” – unromantically.

Lac d'Annecy 1896. Oil on canvas. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

WHEN IN CEBU

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Jan Sevilla






There was nothing but the gentle lapping, splashing and sedating sound of the waves, and the occasional cry of a passing gaff-rigged motorboat or the crisp April zephyr blowing from the shore of Punta Engaño on the Island of Mactan, Cebu.


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