Alhambra

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If you’re staying in Seville for a few days, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit the Alhambra (by car, if possible). The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, one of the biggest cities of the Andalusia region in Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 and many years later converted into a royal palace by the Sultan of Granada. Until today, the heritage place delights its visitors with the arabesque-style architecture, filled with meticulously carved ornaments and thousands of tiles. One can’t get enough of the orange tree scent present all over the local gardens and indoor patios. And if you pretend for a moment that you don’t see those crowds of tourists, you might suddenly feel like a majesty yourself…

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Seville

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In case of Seville, you really need a day for the ‘tourist’ part and a day (or two) for absorbing the local spirit. Not that the ‘tourist’ part is somehow tedious or exhausting. Quite opposite – the Seville Cathedral is a jaw-dropper in every aspect, from its monumentality (it’s the biggest gothic cathedral in the world) to opulent ornaments. Meanwhile Real Alcázar, a royal palace that’s a preeminent example of Mudéjar architecture, is renowned as one of the most beautiful spots in the entire city. Those gardens are a dream, I tell you! To capture the essence of these two, be prepared for hours of walking. But the visual treats here are worth it!

In case of a less ‘tourist’ experience in Seville, the city is known for impressive vintage stores (Buhoneras Vintage, Cigarrera, for intance) and tapas. There are, however, two camps with tapas – the first is more traditional, while the other is willing to experiment. Casa Ricardo is a crowdy place, where you will try various Spanish tastes and see how the locals dine – slowly, loudly, with friends, family. Eslava is a more contemporary tapas bar, which is equally busy in the evening (you might even wait in a queue to get a place). Here, you will find small plates with fried sardines, tuna tataki, sea anenomes (!) or classical ham. Whatever you take – it’s going to be delightful.

But most of all, enjoy Seville in a relaxed pace – observe the streets, enter the stores with hats for flamenco dancers, sit in the sun.

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

Men’s: The Bullfighters. Dolce & Gabbana SS15

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Oh my god, what a relief, Dolce & Gabbana boys! After seasons and seasons of Sicily filled collections that started to be seriously boring, we’ve got again something very hot and strong. The SS15 season meant Spain for Stefano and Domenico. The toreadors, flamenco, the Spanish domination of Sicily between 1516 and 1713, corrida… the main theme of the show was a bull. “Every woman wants one, every man wants one, too,” Stefano announced to great merriment after the show, before quickly issuing a correction: “Or wants to be one.” The bull appeared in a splash of blood or garlanded with carnations, because the other leitmotif was the color red. And that red was a real bloodbath (and mostly at the end, when the models wore the bloody suites!). In other words, the show was like a toreador fighting with the bull, which was printed on cool tank tops. But the collection had it’s soft side: the flamenco polka dots. I am really impressed with this great collection, and hopefully Dolce & Gabbana will make it as good for women in September!

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