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A Spanish Bull Fight

What do you think of when you think of Spain?  Don Quijote’s windmills, flamenco, guitar, tapas, paella, white-washed towns, dusty streets, color…  toros? You can’t really drive very far in Spain without seeing the iconic bull silhouetted against the cloud mottled sky, standing on a hill aside the highway.  They are scattered along random stretches […]

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Finding a pumpkin in Valencia, Spain

If you’re traveling to Spain, then you probably aren’t going to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, but you could.  Halloween is catching on (albeit slowly), so pumpkins are available if you know where to look.  Besides, won’t it be fun to look back with the kids and remember that “time when you carved pumpkins in […]

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Callosa’s 150th Moros y Cristianos Parade

On October 9th each year Spain’s Valencian province commemorates King Jaime Primero’s entrance in 1238 during their celebration of Moros y Cristianos.  A hero in this region, he returned power to the Christians after 700 years of Moorish rule. This year, the small mountain village of Callosa celebrated its 150th year of this festival with […]

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Paella Gigante: Les Festes de Santa Marta

Adding orange coloring and snails.  When I arrived, they’d already added the chicken and rabbit and had added some broth to make the caldo. Stirring with long metal flat spoons over a hot fire In 2006, just a year after the 50th anniversary of the Parroquial de Santa Marta church in Puzol, a group of […]

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Batalla de los Flores

These are a small portion of the flowers that will be thrown today. Every year at the end of the Feria de Julio in Valencia, a flower fight ensues on the Paseo de la Alameda where locals and tourists can pelt the finely dressed fallera princesses sitting properly in large floral floats with heavy headed […]

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Corpus Christi

In 1208, Juliana, a nun in Liege (now in Belgium) had the first of a repeating vision she’d have over the next twenty years that compelled her to plead for the institution of a feast of Corpus Christi.  After 20 years of secrecy, she confessed this to her Bishop who relayed it up the chain […]

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A Local Spanish Festival in a Valencian Village: Fest de Sant Pere in El Puig

Tifnotes:  On the last Sunday of each January, the small village of El Puig celebrates the Fest de Sant Pere Nolasc. If you go, bring a small pot and a couple of euros to donate to next year’s feast.  There’s a carnival which is fun for kids, but culture junkies will enjoy the dancing and […]

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