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.
TRIPLE DELIGHT: FIESTAS DE EMPANADA & VIN0, AND A WITCHING ANDALUSI HOUR. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK! »
Summer is all but over. You’d think, so are the fiestas. But wait, in bracing September the fiestas that combine folklore and gastronomy keep on going on. To name just three: the Fiesta de Empanada (Pie Festival) in A Coruña; the Embrujo Andalusi (Andalusi Bewitchment) in Malaga; and the Ferias y Fiestas de San Mateo y de la Vendimia Riojana (Fairs and Fiestas of St. Matthew and of the Grape Harvest) in La Rioja.
Torremolinos nowadays would be almost nothing if not an appealing resort with an inexhaustible source of entertainment
Hundreds of thousands (others reckon millions) took to the streets in protest marches across Spain for women's equal place under the sun! Within the protest framework was an irresistibly festive ambience that only the Spaniards could carry off
“I’m back in Madrid, the city where I found myself. The city I adore. I’m back for good”