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The avenue in Chipiona

The avenue in Chipiona

There’s an avenue I like to walk along in Chipiona. It has a large white villa, a semi-modern apartment block and restaurants; a mini boulevard lined with eucalyptus trees that leads you straight to the sea. In January it is quiet. I walk across the empty square at the top of the avenue passing Manolo’s ice cream kiosk, boarded up for winter. A handful of cars are randomly parked. The only bar open serves afternoon coffee to an elderly couple. …

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Easter in Spain: How to make Torrijas with Meloja – Eggy bread and syrup

Easter in Spain: How to make Torrijas with Meloja – Eggy bread and syrup

Easter traditions I first included this recipe for Torrijas – a sweet version of French toast or eggy-bread – in an article about Easter traditions in Spain. To read the whole article click here. To make your own torrijas follow this easy recipe and invite your friends and family round to enjoy a Spanish-style Easter treat. How to make Torrijas I’ve been told the trick is to use day old bread and whole milk. In Chipiona (in the province of…

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The night of the three kings; Christmas in Spain and the magic of Three Wise Men on donkeys

The night of the three kings; Christmas in Spain and the magic of Three Wise Men on donkeys

One of the three main celebrations over the Christmas period in Spain is the arrival of Los Reyes Magos, otherwise know as the Three Kings or Three Wise Men. The Spanish barely have time to recover from the New Year’s Eve celebrations before they start all over again with the preparation for the visit from Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings or Three Wise Men) on January 6th. January 5th in Spain Traditionally, the Reyes Magos deliver presents overnight on…

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Love and literature: World Book Day in Spain

Love and literature: World Book Day in Spain

World Book Day Follow my blog with Bloglovin For book lovers and writers in Spain, April 23rd, World Book and Copyright Day, is characterised by an expression of love. A book and a rose are given as presents to loved ones to celebrate El Dia del Libro (Book Day) all over the country. Originally started in Barcelona, in the 1920s, by the writer Vicente Clavel, Book Day later went on to become declared World Book and Copyright Day by UNESCO. Cavel,…

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When the saint comes dancing in

When the saint comes dancing in

On normal a weekday morning, I’d wake up to the sounds of daily life in the village.  A car revving up and reversing down the street. The neighbours shouting buenos dias as they go off to do their early morning chores. The bread van pulling up on the corner of the plaza. But, today is different. It’s a public holiday in the village in honour of the patron saint, San Blas (Saint Blaise) and it’s quiet all around. It´s barely daylight…

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When leather meets the art of Pepe and Isabel

When leather meets the art of Pepe and Isabel

As I sit here writing this I am looking out at the mountain range. A cool breeze is blowing in through the open window. The fig tree below is slowly growing up towards the second floor of the house. I hear the background noise of people on their way home for lunch, a car stopping to drop someone off, a door closing, a voice across the road. And then, it’s back to silence. Creating works of art with leather This…

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