PLAZA ESPAÑA: IT WON’T BE THE FINAL LEG OF HISTORY’S FIRST GLOBAL JOURNEY

PLAZA ESPAÑA: IT WON’T BE THE FINAL LEG OF HISTORY’S FIRST GLOBAL JOURNEY »

5 Oct, 2022
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There's an ongoing party at the Plaza España in Madrid, the “La Hispanoamericana”. A festival of the cultures, gastronomies and artisanal traditions of the Spanish-speaking countries in the New World, along the (accidental) route of the first circumnavigation of the earth. In anticipation of Día de la Hispanidad. On 12 October 2022, the Día de la Hispanidad will burst forth into a very special celebration, marking as it does the quincentenary of The Circumnavigation.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Secret Spring of Spain,” 12 April 1968

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Secret Spring of Spain,” 12 April 1968 »

15 Jun, 2022
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If you are not careful, you’ll miss spring in Spain altogether and spend most of your life wondering how you did it. It’s not hard, because the meteorological border is pretty indefinite; one day it is a dull, cold, rainy winter day and POW… suddenly it’s summer. There are ways to catch it though, and it all depends on how much attention you pay and where you are in the very changeable land of Spain.

SPECTACULAR SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, “SPANISH CAPITAL OF GASTRONOMY” FOR 2022!

SPECTACULAR SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, “SPANISH CAPITAL OF GASTRONOMY” FOR 2022! »

8 Dec, 2021
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Sanlúcar was chosen by INFUR the new Spanish Capital of Gastronomy for 2022, turning the charming city of Cadiz into the leading gastronomical platform in Spain for next year. The beauty of the city and its rich delicacies were not the only reasons for its selection, as the year 2022 will mark the celebration of the Fifth Centenary of the First Circumnavigation of the Globe by Magellan and Elcano. Who can ask for more?

THE COAST IS CLEAR

THE COAST IS CLEAR »

7 Jun, 2021
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The pandemic in Europe is easing off satisfactorily, allowing Spain to finally open up its ports to international cruise ships. Get to know the fabulous ports that await you!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980 »

24 Jul, 2020
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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.

SPAIN’S FIVE BEST CARNIVALS IN 2019

SPAIN’S FIVE BEST CARNIVALS IN 2019 »

27 Feb, 2019
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Carnival time! Color, laughter, magic, music. Kick up your heels high and hard for tomorrow the inexorable Holy Week will catch up with you and there will then be no running away from penance. Make fun while the bands still play. We propose the following to be the best carnivals: Madrid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sitges, Cadiz, Santa Curz de Tenerife

SECOND OF MAY: THE MADRILEÑOS, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE & GUERILLA WARFARE

SECOND OF MAY: THE MADRILEÑOS, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE & GUERILLA WARFARE »

1 May, 2018
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Dos de Mayo (2 May) is a public holiday in the Autonomous Community of Madrid with heaps of patriotic connotations. It commemorates the heroic rebellion of the Madrileños against the occupation of their city by Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops and the repression by the French Imperial forces. It’s been 210 years!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN’S MOST FAMOUS FLAMENCO GUITARIST,” Part 1, 11 JANUARY 1980

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN’S MOST FAMOUS FLAMENCO GUITARIST,” Part 1, 11 JANUARY 1980 »

13 Jan, 2018
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Paco de Lucia: “My music has always been cornered in Andalucia, without prestige, even in Spain itself. For many centuries it was thought of simply as gypsy music, from a people without a social class. As a representative of my music I feel I have an obligation to share it, so that everyone will recognize its value and know its worth… This is what I fight for, and why I work, not for money or to be a star.”

LOST & FOUND IN MADRID: PART III

LOST & FOUND IN MADRID: PART III »

19 Dec, 2016
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“I’m back in Madrid, the city where I found myself. The city I adore. I’m back for good”

A THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD CASTLE IN SPAIN

A THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD CASTLE IN SPAIN »

17 Apr, 2016
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This one didn’t crumble. It just got cracked up. It’s only a thousand years old, so what’s the big deal?