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

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

27 Nov, 2022
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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.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE MANY FACES OF SPAIN,” 28 March 1986

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE MANY FACES OF SPAIN,” 28 March 1986 »

20 May, 2018
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One of my unfailing delights of living in Spain, undiminished after 17 years, is the spectacular and varied range of its landscapes and natural beauty. Crammed into the roughly five hundred thousand square kilometres of its bull-hide shaped geography, one goes from the dazzling white villages of the south with immense vistas of olive plantations, red earth under a diamond-hard blue sky, to the vast wheat plains of Castile

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT:  “SPAIN’S MOST FAMOUS FLAMENCO GUITARIST,” Part 2, 11 January 1980

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN’S MOST FAMOUS FLAMENCO GUITARIST,” Part 2, 11 January 1980 »

13 Jan, 2018
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Fame is not what Paco de Lucia is looking for, he says. "It ties you up and takes away. . . an indefinable freshness out of your life.” It's bothersome when people recognize him in the streets, though “at first there is a time when vanity makes you like it. . .”

SEÑOR ANTONIO M.: The Pleasure of His Company

SEÑOR ANTONIO M.: The Pleasure of His Company »

10 Aug, 2015
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As I read the poems of the Bard of Seville the longing for my adopted Spanish homeland subsided, or did it increase?

FROM THE SHELVES TO THE STREETS ON BOOK DAY

FROM THE SHELVES TO THE STREETS ON BOOK DAY »

28 Apr, 2014
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“Book Day is a day when books bounce off the shelves and into the streets”