October: Friday 27th October, trip to Estepona
Meet at 10.15 in The Plaza de las Flores, Estepona.
Cost 25 €. To include tour, entrance to Orchid House and tapas lunch with 1 glass of wine. Limited places.
More info and to sign up email@example.com and please pay at the lecture on 18th October.
November: Thursday 16th November, trip to Malaga
The Pompidou centre is housed in a cuboid glass structure in Malaga Port and has 80 works of art from 1905 to the present day, including Frame Portrait Frida Kahlo, the Flowered Hat by Picasso and A Self Portrait by Francis Bacon. The temporary exhibition exhibits works by French artist Daniel Buren.
This year, the permanent collection at the Picasso Museum has a new design with more information about the artist’s work. There are also new works which have not been shown before.
We will also visit the temporary exhibition ‘We are completely free’ – Women Artists and Surrealism including works by Leonara Carrington, Frida Kahlo and Lee Miller.
The price of €58 includes entrance to both of the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, a supper of tapas and drinks at the lovely La Plaza restaurant, coach travel and gratuities.
December: Saturday 9th December, Christmas Lunch
There will be drinks on arrival, followed by a three course lunch with wine.
Entertainment will be provided by Canto Libre who will sing Christmas carols, and Marcus Myers Singer/Guitarist.
The price is €35 per person and numbers will be limited to 45.
A coach will be available from Mar y Sol, Sotogrande.
Entertainment for this year’s Christmas lunch is kindly being sponsored by The Jyske Bank.
Review Of The Arts Society Trip To Sevilla, Thursday 7 September 2017
After our morning coffee, we were ready for our first stop at the Palacio Las Dueñas which was the home of the late Duchess of Alba. As a socialite, the duchess met famous VIPs from Spain and abroad. Jackie Kennedy visited her Seville palace, as did Wallis Simpson, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.
The Duchess died in the Palacio de las Dueñas in 2014 at the age of 88. She was succeeded by her son Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Huéscar, who thus became the 19th Duke of Alba.
The Palace was filled with lots of interesting artefacts, paintings, clocks and family photos. It really felt as though the Duchess had just popped out to lunch and would be back later in time to practice her flamenco in a room behind the library.
From the Palacio we walked to the restaurant ‘Eslava’ where we had an excellent lunch before boarding the minibus for the short trip to our hotel – Fernando III.
The Fernando III is a very comfortable hotel in the old town, not far from the Alcazar, so in our free time we were within walking distance of many of the sites that Seville had to offer
The following morning we headed to the Monasterio de San Isidora del Campo, which is at the southern end of Santiponce, just outside Sevilla.
This exquisite, two-church former monastery was founded in 1301 by Guzmán El Bueno (hero of the 1294 battle at Tarifa). Over the centuries it hosted a succession of different religious orders. It was here that the Bible was first translated into Castilian (1569).
Just around the corner from the monastery are the ruins of the Roman city of Italica with its amphitheatre and mosaics.
In view of the heat, most of us did a very quick circuit of the site and headed for the shade of a nearby Venta for a cooling drink before heading to our lunch at Arte y Solera. The food was fantastic, consisting of a tapas style meal.
Lizzie did an amazing job of organising the trip as well as finding interesting places for lunch. This was our final stop before boarding the bus for our return journey, full of food, wine and history, but nevertheless very happy after another extremely good trip.
Thank you Lizzie!
Review by Luciana O’Brien