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Paloma Paloma | 08:39 UK time, Friday, 15 July 2011

First of all, I want to thank all the people who commented in my last blog and all the readers. You make me feel even more excited!

Hello Neil and nice to meet you! Thank you for helping me to improve my English. I’m looking forward to going to Brighton. I’ve seen it many times in pictures and on TV and it looks very nice. I’ve heard that it’s similar to London but with sea.

I have a question for you: Where was Pablo Ruiz Picasso born? Yes, you’re right, in Málaga! And we are very proud of him.

Picasso was born in the first floor of a building located in a well known square in Málaga, Plaza de la Merced. Here you can see this beautiful building.

Picasso's birthplace

Many people thought he was Catalan, as he left Málaga to live in Barcelona at the age of ten. You can see the influence of his birth town in some of his paintings, like “The Yellow Picador”, “The little Picador”, “Doves” or “Bullfighting”, most of them related with bullfighting, as he used to go very often to “La Malagueta” bullring with his uncle and his father.



As I said, we are very proud of him and we are trying to show to the world that Málaga is not just sun and beach, it’s also art. There’s a very interesting Picasso museum, a native home museum, a Picasso walking tour...

Another famous person from Málaga is the actor Antonio Banderas. We are very proud of him as he is one of the Spanish actors who have success in Hollywood. He’s very proud of his birthplace too. He comes to Málaga with his family very often and you can see him under his sunglasses and a cap. He comes every Holy Week and he takes part in the processions. He is the officer of a Catholic religious brotherhood and on Holy Thursday night he is a Man of the Throne with his peers at the Submarine of Holy Mary of Hope (Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza). It’s a bit difficult to explain what it is, so you better watch this video. He’s one of those men who carry this very heavy throne:


He does a lot for his town like a charity for helping financially students from Málaga to study abroad, he has invested in Andalusian products, he has shot some films here and he is a supporter of the football team Málaga C.F. Have a nice day!


  • Comment number 1.

    Hello Paloma
    My childhood passed away in USSR. Pablo Picasso was one of the most popular Spanish artists in Soviet Russia even more than Francisco Goya or Salvador Dali. Soviet propaganda produced huge number of books and posters with masterpieces by Picasso. Nowadays his popularity is growing down. As for me it is quite normal by reference to art. If you see a miracle too often in everyday life it is no longer to be a miracle. Art is a miracle. You should be careful with it.
    As for cinematography, my favorite Spanish film director is Alejandro Amenabar. He is really a man of outstanding personality.
    Samara, Russia

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Victor_Petrovsky
    What you wrote is very beautiful! As you say, art is a miracle.
    Alejandro Amenabar is my favourite Spanish director too. He was born in Chile, but he has the Spanish nationality too. All of his films are really good. When I was a child I saw Open Your Eyes and I felt amazed!
    Thanks for your comment

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Paloma.....
    I didn´t realize Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga.You are right.People like me tought he was from Barcelona.Whatsoever Pablo Picasso still living in his paintings and art and you must be proud to live in Malaga surrounded by historic places and the great Pablo Picasso legacy.

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello Paloma

    You wrote very interesting blog,Yes when we are thinking about Malaga and Barcelona first of all we start to remember Art,Museum Sun Beach.But I did not know that Picasso is from Malaga.He was a very famous artists in the world.You should proud of him and others.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Paloma! I admire a lot A. Banderas, and now even more that he helps people and causes. For me it's surprising to know that Picasso was born in Malaga. Congratulations, Málaga! I love the Picasso's peintures. I saw the video, it's a spetacular procession. I'm Brazilian and here, like Spain, the majority is catholic, in my State, we celebrate the Holy Week with great affection and processions.
    I'm waiting more from Malaga. Thank you, Paloma
    Sonia from Brazil

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi, Paloma
    I completely agree with you that A.Banderas is one the most popular actors in the world, and he is professionaly choosing his rules ,you have all the right to be proud of him because he had invaded the greatest centre of movies industry .I am from Egypt and you can't imagine how much of similarity you can found between egyptian and spanish peoples , in their ethics and manners and also the old arab culture they are sharing from old ages.I really hope i will visit Spain once aday.
    Walid from Egypt

  • Comment number 7.

    Hello dear Paloma,

    Greeting to you and to your family as you wrote many things about your country it marvaluse , as you said I think your country is so beautiful I wish that one day my country also be bulid like you r country.

    Mojtaba Sahak

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Paloma,
    Your blog is very nice and informative.
    I have a similar opinion to Les that Spanish sounds joyful. For me it’s like very pleasant music.
    Last summer in St. Petersburg there was an interesting exhibition of Picasso from the National Picasso Museum, Paris. It was in great demand.
    And this year they showed us a great exhibition of old masters from Prado Museum. I was very impressed with what I’ve seen.
    I like Pedro Almodovar’s films. I’ve never seen “Open Your Eyes” but I realized from your comment that it’s worth seeing it.
    Thank you and I’m looking forward to your impression about England.

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Paloma,
    Its nice to know about Malaga from your writing. Before that i used to know a little about Spain. I follow the Spanish La liga and read few articles on Spain specially, bull fighting. As you imagine, i am from Bangladesh, a south asian developing nation, the other side in the globe compared to Spain, know a little bit about European culture indeed. The little knowledge i gained so far from watching Hollywood movies and reding newspaper.
    To be honest with you , I did not know either Picasso was born in Malaga and spent 10 years of his childhood before moving to Barcelona. Its great to know that Antonio is also from Malaga and he tries to stay in touch with his root despite of his super busy and fancy hollywood life. Now i am interested to know more about the Malaga and specially the procession at which Antonio carries a heavy thorne in holy week.
    All the best.....


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