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A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Sevilla: A Must in Spring,” 13 April 1984 (Part 2)

“Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla” (He who hasn’t seen Seville, hasn’t seen a wonder), and truer words were never spoken

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SEVILLA: A MUST IN SPRING”, 13 April 1984 (Part 1)

Seville is the most Spanish of this country’s cities: passionate gypsy ladies and their bullfighting beaus, orange blossom scented nights, the grandeur of the old Moorish buildings, blood red vino and airy patios so thick with bougainvillea and roses that they make the Garden of Eden look like a vacant lot in Houston during high summer. And the best time to witness this beauty is during the Feria de Abril or the April Fair when for a week the city becomes magic.

THE SPECTACULAR SALON GOURMETS 2024 AT IFEMA, MADRID’S ICONIC INSTITUTE FOR FAIRS & CONGRESSES

Once again, Grupo Gourmets’ Salon Gourmets was celebrated this year (22 – 25 April 2024). Salon Gourmets is the most exclusive international Fine Food and Beverage Fair, Europe’s leader in high-end products.

SNAPSHOT: LITTLE FLOWERS MEAN A LOT

So delicate, so lovely. Yet so surprisingly strong some would rear their beautiful heads even in tiny cracks in ominous urban sidewalks. Most important of all, they bring their own sunshine.

THE LOVELY AND MYSTERIOUS MANTON DE MANILA: WHY YOU MUST SEE HER EXHIBITED

Originating from the Far East, the Manton de Manila was for three centuries an exquisite "passenger"on board the Galleon de Manila, wowing fans wherever it disembarked, in New Spain and in "old" Spain. Long after the GalleonTrade was discontinued, the Manton still keeps on stealing the hearts of Spanish fashionistas as well as aficionados of fine fashion around the world for its elegance and femininity, and of course for the long and intriguing history behind the shawl.

MANTON DE MANILA, THE SHAWL THAT SENT HUNDREDS OF SHIPS INTO A GLOBAL SPIN

The exciting adventures of Manton de Manila. From 1565 to the present. Across the worlds most dangerous oceans. With unassailable historicity to back the amazing tale.

SPAIN’S SHINING RECORD IN ORGAN DONATION & TRANSPLANT, A TWO-PART SERIES: (2) Spain Outperforms Itself

The last time the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation looked, Spain, the world leader in organ donation and transplant, has outperformed itself and broken its own historic record! Donations from the living, asystolic donations, single transplantation, multi-organ transplantation; you name it, Spain's record is best.

SPAIN’S  SHINING RECORD IN ORGAN DONATION & TRANSPLANT, A TWO-PART SERIES: (1) One in Four EU Donors are from Spain

The worldwide success of Spanish donation and transplantation knows no peer. Speaking glowingly of this extraordinary record, the Acting Minister of Health, José Miñones, declares that this"is a source of pride."

THE EUROPEAN UNION CONDEMNS IRANIAN ATTACK ON ISRAEL; SPAIN IS “GREATLY CONCERNED”

EC statement: "We the Leaders of the G7 condemn the massive Iranian attack against Israel, using drones and missiles, in the strongest terms. We express our solidarity and support to the people of Israel and reaffirm our unshakable commitment towards its security. Iran's actions risk provoking an uncontrollable regional escalation. This must be avoided. We will continue to work to stabilize the situation." Spain is following with "great concern" post-attack developments.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE GAUDINESS OF GAUDI,” 14 January 1972

"Having accepted the Gothic style as a basis for the architecture of La Familia Sagrada, Gaudi resolved to eliminate difficulties inherent in purely Gothic architecture. The result has been acclaimed by some as the most important step in architecture since the XII century, the immutable shape of his dream. It will cover double the area of Venice's St. Mark's, and will rise more than 65 feet higher than St. Peter's of Rome."

A HUMANE AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: HOW SPAIN LED FOUR EU COUNTRIES TOWARD THE RECOGNITION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE

What transpired in the meeting of the European Council and in the margins of the meeting: Discussion of a two-state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict, with four countries emphatic about supporting the solution; humanitarian aid to the Palestinian civilian population; reforms in the EU to facilitate accession of new members with a view to geopolitical and humanitarian solutions; unwavering support for Ukraine and even upscaling of such a support.

HOW TO TRULY DISCOVER THE SPANISH “SEMANA SANTA”, AND A TOWN’S SPECTAULAR SITES ALL YEAR ROUND

To really get to know the true significance of Semana Santa, and the town itself as well, with the spectacular cultural, historical and scenic views on offer, spend it in a pueblo. Almagro is just the right place.

THE NEW CHINESE IN THE YEAR OF THE AWESOME DRAGON

The Dragon symbolizes nobility, honor, and success so 2024, being the Year of the Dragon, augurs extraordinarily well. It will bring on opportunities, changes, and challenges. But the Chinese, while trusting in their zodiac, didn't have to wait for the Year for a change-over into a smiling, cordial part of the Spanish scene, At least that's how it looked at the Year of the Dragon celebrations. It's been in the making, gradually, for some time.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Seekers of the Sun,” 27 October 1972

"Massive foreign invasion is occurring on the sunny shores of the incredibly blue Mediterranean. Tourists barrel in by jet planes and on package tours lured by the sun, the affordable prices, and the grace and fire of  the people and their rich culture."

HEMINGWAY’S HAUNTS IN A MADRID GRIPPED BY THE CIVIL WAR

Revisit Ernest Hemingway's haunts in Madrid and join him, a reporter covering the Abraham Lincoln Brigade's fight against fascism across Spain.

THE REAL MADRID

Any and everything about the fascinating capital city of Spain — and the Autonomous Community of Madrid — from its rich history through its vibrant present to what the future holds, recounted from every angle imaginable.
This category, however, goes beyond Madrid; it embraces stories of what occurred, are occurring, and will probably occur in the Spanish nation whose capital is Madrid.

  • COOL CARABANCHEL, DIVINE WHEN NOT FLAWED

    Working-class Carabanchel, complete with a colorful population, an animated street life, a surprisingly urban scene not overly sullied by unsightly graffiti, and a notorious prison to remind one that evil has a stealthy way of lurking in a democratic country, is on its way to becoming Madrid's So-Ho and is one of the coolest barrios in the world into the bargain!

  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S WAKING DREAM  

    There’s a slight breeze. It’s summer night at its best. Madrileños are out to enjoy it. And yet it's the eve of the eve of Spring. Madrid has a quasi-pathological penchant for acting as though the sun (or, in this case, the moon) is always up there shining on folks -- the chosen people -- whatever the weather.

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Madrid’s Public Transportation–‘Best in Europe’,” 15 September 1972

    "Madrid’s system of transportation has to be the best in Europe and the most varied because Spanish society has placed a heavy burden on it. That burden is the custom of the siesta which means that, unlike Paris or London, there are four rush hours in the nation's capital instead of two."

  • IT’S THE WITCHING HOUR. CINDERELLA & PRINCE CHARMING, YOUR CARRIAGE WAITS!

    The municipal government of Madrid has beefed up its fleet of night buses in an attempt to attract night-outers: the midnight Cinderellas and their Princes Charming as it were, as well as workers on the night shift. Fondly called “buhos” (night owls), these sustainable, eco-friendly, and cost- effective buses ply their routes from 23:30 to 6:00 AM. All aboard now!

  • THE AMAZING LIFE IN TIMELESS MADRID

    "In Madrid, there’s time for everything because life lasts longer here. In the city that follows the pace you set, time is measured in quality of life, days of sunshine and opportunities. There’s always time to learn, make progress, launch a project or simply live better here. Madrid is the ultimate capital for those who are the masters of their time. In Madrid, time always starts with you. Madrid is the city of your time."

  • YOUR DATE WITH THE VIRGIN OF LA PALOMA AT THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER 2023

    To honor the Virgen de La Paloma, "patrona popular de los Madrileños": Religious activities, Chotis , Concerts, Shows, Contests. . . A most "castiza" fiesta in the heart of Old Madrid!

  • VERANOS DE LA VILLA 2023: COME JOIN THE FESTIVAL IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN MADRID!

    For those who are staying put in Madrid because they want to, or can't travel outside for one reason or another, or those who have come visiting the nation's capital, LOS VERANOS DE LA VILLA is organized with you in mind. Come join the fun in the city whose love for fiestas is boundless!

  • SUNDAY, GRIM SUNDAY

    The leftist parties suffered a debacle in the recent local elections thay they were not prepared for. The elections were a dress rehearsal for the upcoming parliamentary elections which were advanced by President Pedro Sanchez to 23 July of this year and from which a new President of the Government will emerge. As such, it's not quite likely that the "pregressives" could rise from their ashes even when that second defeat could mean the dismatling of Spain's welfars state.