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SEVILLE SHORT

Business Traveler set out to ask the question "What's new?" in Seville. The response "not much" is part of its charm. With its distinct old-world flavour and the exotic spice of its Andalusian heritage, put away the "shock of the new day" for a day and experience Seville's "charm of the old".

For a page right out of the score of Bizet's Carmen, check out the Real Fabrica de Tobaccos at Seville University. The free museum re-creates the olds days of cigar and cigarette making. (It was said that the perfect cigar was rolled between a woman's thighs in factories just lie this one).

The new boutique hotel Casa No 7 (7 Calle Virgenes, Seville, www.casanumero7.com) in the city centre is a charming recreation of the enchantment of old Seville. The house is a restored villa built in the early 1800's. Rooms are bright and airy. Architectural details will make you feel you've entered one of Goya's Maja paintings of ladies lounging in mantillas over wrought iron balconies. Even if you are not staying in one of the hotel's butler-serviced rooms, you may consider stopping by for a look at the casa itself.