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THE TRUFFLE MAN, MASSIMO VIDONI OF ITALTOUCH

Massimo Vidoni: When I was a child, I had discovered the art of truffles when I accompanied my uncle. The early morning preparation and going to the mountains, with the dogs, is where my profound interest really started.  Once the dog pointed to the location where there could of been a possible truffle, it was like a gold rush for me, being well versed in how difficult it was to find truffles. I had started to think of the commercial business end of trading, buying and selling this bespoken gift of Mother Nature and I had gotten hooked !

TRIPLE DELIGHT: FIESTAS DE EMPANADA & VIN0, AND A WITCHING ANDALUSI HOUR. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK!

Summer is all but over. You’d think, so are the fiestas. But wait, in bracing September the fiestas that combine folklore and gastronomy keep on going on. To name just three: the Fiesta de Empanada (Pie Festival) in A Coruña; the Embrujo Andalusi (Andalusi Bewitchment) in Malaga; and the Ferias y Fiestas de San Mateo y de la Vendimia Riojana (Fairs and Fiestas of St. Matthew and of the Grape Harvest) in La Rioja.

BLOCKBUSTER “THE LION KING” NOW SHOWING THROUGHOUT SPAIN

The highest-grossing animated film of all time!

 

 

By Guidepost

Genre: Computer-animated musical (Adventure and Drama)

Plot: Disney’s

ANGELA MERKEL OPENS THIS YEAR’S FAMED WAGNERIAN BAYREUTH FESTIVAL

Merkel, in her signature jacket but with a floor-length skirt (unusual for her) to complete the ensemble, presided the premiere of the famed Bayreuth Festival in Bavaria which will last till 28 August. The Festival is held annually in the opera house of Bayreuth to show Richard Wagner's stage works exclusively.

TWO FILMS FROM SPAIN FEATURED AT LINCOLN CENTER DANCE FILM FESTIVAL: (1) “FROM KNEE TO HEART”

Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival (July 12-15, 2019), celebrating its 47th year, featured 11 programs of documentaries over four days, including films from 17 countries, which were screened at the Walter Reade Theater on West 65th Street in Manhattan. Two films from Spain, “From Knee to Heart” and “Siete Leguas” (“Seven League”) were both intimate portraits of dancers facing challenges in very different ways and circumstances.

SPAIN IS CROWNED BASKETBALL WORLD CHAMPION !

Spain never let up, overpowering its Championship rival from start to finish. The final score was Spain 95 – Argentina 75. The Basketball World Cup in Beijing is Spain's second Championship win, the first being in 2006, beating Greece 70-47 in Saitama, Japan. But while sill basking in the glow of its recent coup on the court, La Roja is now setting its sights on the gold medal at the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo!

“EL VIAJE MAS LARGO” COMMEMORATES THE FIRST CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE WORLD 500 YEARS AGO!

The monumental and evocatively titled "El Viaje Más Largo" (The Longest Voyage) Exhibition has just been opened by the King and Queen of Spain at the General Archives of the Indies in Seville. This you won't want to miss! Will give you a blow-by-blow account shortly. Keep an eye here! It's about the momentous Magellan-Elcano voyage of discovery, setting off globalization at a time when only a handful of rara avises thought the world was round!

THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT’S CONTINGENCY PLANS ARE A PRIORITY AS BREXIT APPROACHES

The Acting Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, held several working meetings in London to evaluate and strengthen the contingency plans of the Government of Spain in the event of a no-deal withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. "Strengthening contingency plans before Brexit is a government priority," she says.

SPAIN IS GEARING UP FOR EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK, 16 — 22 SEPTEMBER!

The fast approaching European Mobility Week is spotlighting safe walking and cycling as a means of clean and sustainable transport. Join the campaign!

THE WORLD’S BEST COUNTRY TO VISIT IS NONE OTHER THAN SPAIN, SO SAYS THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM!

WEF: "The popularity of Spain, which has claimed the top spot in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index since 2015, is bolstered by a world-class ranking in natural and cultural resources – from its vibrant cities to sunny beaches, and a diverse cultural programme that spans medieval festivals to contemporary art. Infrastructure is another important measure of a country’s travel competitiveness, and on these criteria Spain rates highly."

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “GO FLY A KITE!”, 21 JULY 1978

A witty and incisive look into the innovations in art today -- that is, in the 1970s. After a savvy's critique, the author concludes: " Often, the work [of an artist] can only be supported by institutions or museums, and there is literally nothing to sell, but that seldom happens. More often than not, some manner is contrived in order to get the product or by-product into the hands of the consumer. Idealism can only go so far. I mean, anyone who digs holes or flies kites had to eat also. Be an artist, go fly a kite!"

EMBASSY ROW: THE ITALIAN EMBASSY IN MADRID ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE LEGENDARY LA SCALA DE MILAN

Hurry, the period of application for the scholarships is about now!

THE G-7 SUMMIT IN BIARRITZ AND OTHER TRAVEL TRADITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO SNARL UP TRAFFIC IN THE FRENCH TOWN AND AT THE SPANISH-FRENCH BORDER. BEWARE!

The dates around the G-7 Summit are, traditionally, a period of high traffic density. It is important to plan trips on the days prior and subsequent to the Summit for those driving in areas close to the Summit location and avoiding, at any event, traveling into France from the Basque Country.

THE SEVEN JEWELS OF ANDALUSIA 

Mezquita of Cordoba - Cadiz Cathedral - Castillo de Santa Catalina, Jaen - Alhambra, Granada - La Manquita, Malaga - Monumento a Colon, Huelva - La Cathedral Giralda, Seville

ASSUMPTION DAY: WHY SOME ARE RED LETTER DAYS IN THE SPANISH CALENDAR BUT SOME ARE NOT

The 15th of August is a public holiday in Spain, being the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Constitution says there is no State religion but the Spanish nation is founded on Catholicism. No Constituion could shake that off so easily.

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.