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If you go by fame alone, you’re bound to think there were only two varieties of lavender worth naming in Europe: the English lavender and the French. But giving them a run for their money is the Spanish variety. And the small town of Brihuega is the place to go -- and enjoy the spectacular display of Nature's very profitable work of art.
Standing on the new bridge, on the Camino, I looked down. Below me was an old Roman bridge. A past life. The river alive with movement and memories. And to my surprise, my shadow was down there also. I was at the beginning of a new life, looking back to see where I had been, also looking forward to the future wondering what might be.
The longest day of the year marks the beginning of summer. To celebrate the solstice, people in Spain party from night to day during the magical Noche de San Juan.
Effective June 7, 2021, vaccinated U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain upon presentation of QR code generated through Spain Travel Health portal, and a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID.
"On the spot where the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande stands today, St Francis of Assisi erected a small hut after he arrived in Madrid in 1217. This humble dwelling became a small monastery and refuge for the poor. In the fourteenth century, it was replaced by a larger one which was remodeled and enlarged in 1617. During the 17th century, it was one of Madrid’s most popular churches. It contained many fabulous tombs, including that of the wife of King Henry IV. Finally, in 1760, the older buildings were razed, in order to make way for a more magnificent structure. The one that stands today."
The affluent post-Covid tourist seeks gourmet gastronomy in a safe and less crowded back-to-Nature environment. The lower-income would-be tourist won't be traveling yet.
“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
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.
Sure, Spain is known for all that sun. Summer weather persists all year round in places like the Canary Islands. But Spain is actually a land of contrasts and a country blessed with almost every imaginable natural and cultural treasures. Never mind the Spaniards' alegría de vivir!
Think about it, the Savior has come down from his perch in Heaven, in his annual date with "Sinners" on Earth. A gesture of Love and Generosity. Just what the Christians and the non-Christians need in these times of affliction, of the unrelenting spread of The Curse of biblical proportions, a.k.a. the coronavirus.