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Part I of the Two-Part Seseña Capes Series. Warm and dashing, the capa española can be twirled haughtily around the wearer’s body twice or even three times. And Capas Seseña is the only establishment still existing in all Spain with a proud and single-minded dedication to the making of the classic Spanish cape, cut and sewn right there on the old turn-of-the-century premises. The traditional garment has been enchanting elegant national and international fashion audiences (and wearers, of course) unfailingly all these many years.
At first the intentions of Charles Louis Napoleon (shortly to be crowned Noapoleon III) might have been less than honorable, but Eugenia, granddaughter of an American Consul, insisted that he think of her as a possible consort and not as another courtesan. Five weeks after the proclamation of the second French empire, Napoleon III proposed to Eugenia de Montijo in December of 1852, and she readily accepted becoming Empress Eugenie of France.
A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “CURRENT EVENTS…NEWS…BUSINESS/Civil Guards Still Adjusting to Democracy,” 31 May 1985 »
A news item about the Civil Guards (Guardia Civil) and how it is adjusting to parliamentary democracy in Spain ten years after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. During the dictatorship, the Guardia Civil was a reactionary element associated with internal surveillance and political repression. Once dedicated to repressing opposition to the Franco regime, the adjustment of the police, but, it seems, especially the Civil Guards to democratic rule was not always easy.
The time has come to give that perennial stepchild of every meal, the Green Salas, a long hard look and some serious re-thinking. Salad should serve as a stimulant to appetite and a refresher in the Meal; when it becomes a mere decorative accessory in a class with parsley garnish, it is time to reconsider its positive contribution to the pleasures of the table. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with plain local lettuce tossed around with ordinary oil and vinegar and finished off with a sprinkle of salt and a grind of pepper. A plain lettuce salad is not merely not bad – it is definitely very good.
A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980 »
A reprint of Eric Beerman’s article in GUIDEPOST on the eve of Ronald Reagan’s induction to the U.S. Presidency in January 1981. The historical event takes Mr Beerman back to the time when George Washington was a gentleman farmer at Mount Vernon just after the American Revolution. The general asked for the famed Spanish donkey which he got but only after some protracted exercise in cloak-and-dagger diplomacy.
The first wine to be drunk in the New World was the very same that came from the Condado vineyards + The Condado wines and how to serve + Elaboration and maturity + The art of tasting + The home cellar how-to.
During the Dark Ages in Western Europe, the Arabs and the Moslems were at the peak of their bright civilization. The cities of Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, in the eastern Arab world, and the Arab cities of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada in Spain were great centers of culture and civilization. During the last fifty years of modern history, every fifteen years of Arab life is roughly equivalent, in terms of progress, to one century of Western development, thanks to the reverse process of Western civilization’s contributions to the Arabs of Today. The beginning of Arab Renaissance is at hand.
A GUIDEPOST Reprint
THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF MY LIFE
By Bill Cemlyn-Jones 14 September 1990
I’ve had an unhappy
A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE FIRST LADIES OF MADRID (or A Tale of three or more Virgins)”, 30 MARCH 1990 »
Who is the patron saint of Madrid, its true “first lady”? The conciliatory madrileños will tell you that it is obvious: all the three famous Virgins. that is, the Virgins of Almudena, La Paloma and Atocha. But there are more. Madrid has never suffred from lack of Virgins!
As the leaves change color and fall to the ground, a great many men in Spain, as in almost every country in the world, get their guns out of the closets and head for the fields and forests. The hunting season has arrived. It is recommended that foreigners hunting in Spain either make as complete arrangements as possible before going to any of the hunting areas, or arrange a hunting party with some Spanish friend who knows what would be necessary. One other thing, the normal and natural courtesies existing in the rest of the world apply equally in Spain. Observe the legal requirements and the general customs, and you will really have a HAPPY HUNTING!