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Images of the Week 1: The Costa del Sol through the lens of Jenny Axelson

Photographer: Carolyn Mowlem  |  June 16th, 2011

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Fishing boat, Puerto Marina, Benalmádena Costa. © Jenny Axelson

From a ‘secret’ river in La Mairena, to the children’s candies traditionally eaten at Communion parties… to kick off with the first of our Images of the Week series, here’s photographer Jenny Axelson’s uniquely individual take on the Costa del Sol.

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The sound of summer: George Benson plays Puente Romano Tennis Club, Marbella

Author:   |  June 16th, 2011

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Jazz guitar legend George benson

George Benson

Nothing tells you more eloquently that the summer concert season is just around the corner, than when the George Benson billboards start going up all over the Costa del Sol! Performing in Marbella for the third time in as many years, the multi-Grammy award winning jazz guitar legend and R&B, pop and soul vocalist has been wowing audiences for more than 40 years.

Doors open at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club at 8pm on 25 June, supporting act 9pm, George Benson 10pm.

Ticket hotline & VIP reservations: Tel.+34 951 082 134

Tickets (from €30 each), from El Corte Inglés, www.ticketmaster.com and www.rocklounge.com Continue Reading

More argument in favour of the Spanish economy

Author:   |  June 16th, 2011

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Guardian

Well there are enough naysayers about the place these days, so in line with one or two other posts, I’m happy to report that from all sides of the British press we seem to be picking up some ‘stand up’ arguments for Spain and its economy.

I love the Guardian for this article

It’s really good to see a bit of balance to the arguments out there.

The Telegraph reports major boost for Britain's Spanish holiday home owners

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The Telegraph

Well, jeeze, it’s nice to see the British press reporting some good news, but it isn’t really just for British homeowners, where it applies then it’s very good news for everyone.

The Telegraph reported recently that there was to be an amnesty for ‘illegally’ built homes under a new regional government initiative in Andalucía, in this reported instance relating to 11,000 homes in the Axarquía region. Continue Reading

Come dine with me on the Costa del Sol!

Author:   |  June 16th, 2011

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Hit reality TV show Come Dine with MeNope, that’s not an invitation to supper chez moi. We’re talking reality TV shows here. So if you think you’re the ultimate dinner party host, have always wanted to be on the telly and would jump at the chance to win yourself a cool £1,000, then now’s your opportunity… Continue Reading

VIVA Internal Mail: Today's the Day!

Author:   |  June 15th, 2011

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From:             Martina Heynemann
To:                 Team VIVA
Sent:              Wednesday, 15/06/2011, 18:03h
Subject:         Today’s the Day!

Hi guys!

Well, as you all know, we launched the first new pages – About Us and Selling – of our brand new website a couple of weeks ago, and today is another landmark … because it’s the day that our fabulous new Blog goes live!

Take a look at what the creative team have been up to these past weeks – and why they’ve been burning the midnight oil – because take it from me, our Blog looks absolutely amazing. Continue Reading

The new VIVA Blog rolls out!

Author:   |  June 14th, 2011

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VIVA Blog authors Carolyn Mowlem, Martina Heynemann & Chris McCarthy

'Resident' VIVA Blog authors Carolyn Mowlem, Martina Heynemann & Chris McCarthy

Hello, and welcome to our brand new blog. We’re thrilled to bits with its cool and funky design, and over the weeks, as we gradually populate it with all manner of useful, topical, informative and entertaining Costa del Sol stuff, we hope you’re going to become well and truly addicted! Take a look around…

OK, so it’s not the first time that VIVA has ventured into the realms of the Blogosphere, that was back in 2009. To be honest, we never did much like the look and feel of the ‘one size fits all’ blog template that we bought off the peg, and we were pretty much novices when it came to posting, too. But that was then! Continue Reading

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