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FROM EL CIGALA AL CIELO

The Guidepost Galloping Gourmets ride again--on the back of El Cigala. They fared "sumptuously" but you've got to see it for yourself!

SNAPSHOT: ART AND ANTIQUES ON THE EVE OF THE YEAR’S WONDERFUL HOLIDAYS!

FERIARTE 2022, the only ART & ANTIQUES FAIR in Spain: 12 - 20 NOVEMBER 2022

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: Lady Bullfighters Don’t Cry, 5 November 1965

Sandy Davies, la emperatriz yanqui del toreo: "Bullfighting is a man´s world, but I don´t think there is all this machismo and sex in it. It is more valor than virility, and women have had valor, internal fortitude for hundreds of years"

SNAPSHOT: YOUR DATE WITH SPAIN’S TOP WINES IN NOVEMBER

With a valiant aim of consolidating itself as the best promotional platform to reactivate commercial relations in the sector, TOP WINES FROM SPAIN hopes to boost one of the industries that were hardest hit by the pandemic. Its 2022 edition will comprise more than 400 Spanish wineries presenting the best wines produced in Spain.

THE THAI ZAFRA RESTAURANT: FROM GRIT TO GRIT

At Thai Zafra, all of the restaurant’s exotic decor serves to highlight the main event: the food. Thai cuisine is distinct, a combination of different tastes in one dish. Soon to be in their sixth year -- it seems like only yesterday! -- restaurateurs Darren and Olivia are happy to meet new challenges for Zafra after the pandemic pause but always keeping in mind the old adage that the customer, as is the food, is what really counts.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Semana Grande of Saint Jean-de-Luz,” 26 September 1969

A Semana Grande in Saint Jean-de-Luz? In France? Mais oui! The Semana Grande of Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a festival with a cultural purpose that outstrips the festivals in most Spanish cities on which it has been modeled. Saint-Jean-de-Luz in the Pay Basque is a French commune. And yet its ties to Spain is infinitely closer than its ties to France. The first Semana Grande of Saint-Jean-de-Luz was a commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the marriage of Louis XIV of France to the Spanish Infanta Maria Teresa. The tenth Semana Grande was a powerfully Spanish festival that wowed all those who came to attend.

BLACK FRIDAY or VIERNES NEGRO?

Is Spain getting jaded about Black Friday so soon? There was a time, not so long ago, when embracing Good Friday was some sort of a mark of the cosmopolitan. Or at least a mark of someone who was open to new ideas.

XACOBEO 2021-2022, YOUR SHORTCUT TO HEAVEN

The Xacobeo grants pilgrims who visit the tomb of St. James the Greater in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence. That is to say, the forgiveness of all their sins so that if they die after receiving the indulgence they won't have to go through Purgatory but go straight to Heaven. Plenary indulgence apart, Xacobeo 2021-2022 is full of festivities and activities along the several routes of the Camino.

THE 2022 CHESTNUT PARTY IN SPAIN SERVES FEW CHESTNUTS BUT REMAINS PACKED WITH CULT!

Halloween is a popular “chestnut party” in many parts of Spain. As Castañada, it has Celtic roots that go way back and is closely related to the cult of the dead. The culinary star of the "deadly" feast is, as the name would say in no uncertain terms, the castañas or chestnuts. But due to drought and prolonged warm weather, chances are that there won’t be an abundance of the nuts. Just the same, leave it to the Spaniards to keep up their marvelous traditions, dead or alive.

SPAIN’S LATEST EFFORT TO HELP UKRAINE DOWN RUSSIA

On the first week of October 2022, the Spanish Ministry of Defense sent a new land convoy of eight light vehicles, two ambulances and five tons of diverse medical material to Ukraine which were provided by the Army, the Navy, and the Military Emergency Unit (UME). The shipment will serve the logistical and health needs of Ukraine, considered by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense as the highest priority. Further shipments are scheduled in the next few days.

THINKING OF A SUMMERY HOLIDAY THIS FALL? FIVE IRRESISTIBLE REASONS WHY YOU WOULD DO WELL TO CHOOSE AMAZING ALTEA FOR YOUR DESTINATION!

We've slipped officially into Fall. Even with the climate change where mild sunny temperatures persist in the seasonably cold Northern Hemisphere, you will still need a reasonable guarantee that such will be the case if you're looking for a place to vacation in order to escape from post-summer blues. More so because, climate change or not, Fall weather could cause a drastic drop in temperature at a moment's notice. Given all that, it's hard for you to go wrong if you choose Altea for your après-verano  holiday, a picturesque Spanish coastal town that could give Santorini a run for its money.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SANTIAGO — Apostle, Saint & Moor-Killer,” 25 July 1969

After his original role as Apostle who spread the new gospel far and wide, Santiago Apostol, became more aptly called Santiago Matamoros (James Killer of Moors) when he took on the role of a knight errant and defender of the faith, a formidable warrior who rides in the clouds over the heads of the Spanish armies, dressed in resplendent armor, mounted on a fiery white charger and brandishing a double-edged sword, killing Moors right and left and creating panic in the enemy forces.

PICASSO, PRESUMABLY THE GREATEST ANTI-WAR ARTIST OF ALL TIME, LIVES AGAIN!

The French Minister of Culture: "Picasso's work continues to exert a real fascination throughout the world, abundant, inventive and often radical. It never ceases to be reread, revisited and reinterpreted. This formidable posterity is what the 1973-2023 Picasso Celebration aims to explore, question and share with a new generation born in the 21st century."

BIG FIVE REASONS WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO BE IN IBIZA WHEN FALL BEGINS

The rowdy crowd has gone home, you don't have to jostle and jockey for the precious spots on the beaches, the weather is pleasantly warm and bright, there are still  fiestas to go to, and don't forget the discounts and great package deals.

SNAPSHOT: Rafa Nadal’s Breathtaking Spin and Bounce to Share

Rafa, the amazing Spanish professional tennis player who never gives up in the face of overwhelming odds has been ranked world No. 1 tennis player for 209 weeks;, won an all-time record 22 Grand Slam men's singles titles, including a record 14 French Open titles; won 92 ATP singles titles including 36 Masters titles. His 81 consecutive wins on clay is the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era. He is currently ranked world No. 3 in singles by the ATP.

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.

  • CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WAY UP HIGH!

    Looking for Christmassy fun up in the clouds? You’re in the right place if you’re in Pozuelo de Alarcon, northeast of the Autonomous Community of Madrid. Because that’s where Madrid’s tallest Ferris wheel goes round and round this Season. On descent, it whirls at the heart-stopping speed of 126 km/h. And you get a memorable view of Madrid for miles around into the bargain. Who knows, you might even bump into Santa, with sackful of gift on his sleigh, when you're up there in the sky!

  • BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, CHRISTMAS IS HERE! Free worshop on Ceramic painting for Christmas Decor

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  • SNAPSHOT: PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS, MADRID-BORN!

    Meet Filarmonía de Madrid, an orchestra and chorus ensemble of the highest standards of professionalism AND a social conscience to top it off: This is the Philharmonia that went out of its way in 2021 to render homage to the victims of COVID-19 at Spain’s Auditorio Nacional de Música, in celebration of the first anniversary of the State of Alarm that faced down the pandemic with amazing courage and efficacy.

  • FRUIT ATTRACTION 2022: AS FABULOUSLY FRESH AS YOU’D WANT YOUR FOODSTUFF TO BE!

    Fruit Attraction is held every October and has become the indispensable sales component for the demand cycle for fresh products, providing a major platform and meeting point for fruit and vegetable operators, growers and agriculturists. Breaking all past records, Fruit Attraction 2022 has enshrined Madrid as the World Fruit & Vegetable Capital.

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Alta Batik,” 20 May 1969

    “Batik” is a complicated design-dyeing process that has been on the Fashion scene for over 2,000 years. The “número uno” rage in Paris and Rome for several seasons, the technique only just reached Madrid and has caught on so quickly that when Argentinian Inez Lezama Ovejero moved to the Spanish capital and went into the batik business she enjoyed immediate success.

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “WHERE JOURNALISTS JUNK IT,” 25 April 1969

    "Be it ever so humble, there´s no place like your own office. I´m proud of my office. It is not really grand, I suppose, less esoteric, you might say, than Mr. Heffner´s penthouse suite in Chicago. We haven´t—as yet—any sunken Pompeian swimming pools, color stereophonic TV, or a heliport with built-in cocktail cabinets. And there is a grim shortage of nude bunny rabbit girls scurrying around the joint and twitching their cute little furry tails. To tell the brutal truth, neither Harry nor I have made a fortune out of our profession of journalism. I suggested to Harry that we might change our trade, and enter a profession even older than our own."

  • MADRID: MYSTICAL GARDENS OF THE EAST BECKON TO VISITORS

    You simply can’t give these a miss! Not when they cause fresh breezes from exotic lands to blow into the scalding heat of Madrid summer! We are referring to the two garden exhibitions courtesy of Casa Asia: THE BLACK ZEN GARDEN and THE LAUGHTER OF THE FLOWERS.

  • NATO SUMMIT SPAWNS FREE BUS RIDE

    FREE RIDE on EMT buses throughout the city of Madrid during the NATO Summit from the 28th to the 30th of June.  The measure is in line with the plan of the Madrid City Council to momentarily wean users from private vehicles that will not only snarl up traffic but will also make the enforcement of security measures for the Summit all the more complicated. Passengers may use their transport pass to take the bus without the ride being charged against the pass. Or, if the passenger has no transport pass, the bus driver will issue a free ticket.