The Traditional Bodega was Something Different in Spain before “the Wine Tour”.

Not far from  the inland town of Utiel, in Valencia, there is a large  basin for treading grapes which has a canal connecting it to  a holding tank.  Oooh! Wow!  So? Well, the interesting thing about this ‘production unit’ is … Continue reading

Visiting “El Pueblo”: A Very Spanish Experience

I first visited Cehegin in the northwest of Murcia some thirty years ago and was amazed to discover that it is situated in the midst of lofty pine forested mountains. Like most people I associated Murcia with a touristy coastline and flat sunbaked agricultural land that yields endless lorries of fresh produce year round. So it was surprising to see not only high mountains but snow which for some reason I did not relate to this part of Spain. And little did I know that my family and I were to visit this town for the next 30 years at least a couple times a year. Continue reading

A Bloodthirsty Immoral Bunch? (No,not those Spanish politicians)The Borgias of Xativa!

The Borgias (Borjas in Valenciano) in general get a bad press. The first Borgia pope,Calixtus III, although favourable to his family was supposedly a very pious man. Not so  the second Pope Alejander VI and his children Jofre,Cesar,Juan and Lucrecia. … Continue reading

Traditional Food in Valencia, Spain

This post is about a classic Valencian dish and the accompaniments we had for our Saturday lunch this week. Agriculturally Valencia is the orange producing area of Spain but there is another crop which is important in this Mediterranean region … Continue reading

Pascua or Semana Santa? (Easter or Holy Week?): A Spanish Fiesta of contrasts.

It is a fact that all the  great Anglo-Saxon writers  who have written about Spain whether it be Gerald Brenan, Laurie Lee,George Orwell, Jan Morris or VS Pritchett all found Spain a land of contrasts. And who I am to … Continue reading

Spanish Treasure Hunting is Good For You

All foreigners when they live in another country come across customs,food and habits  that are extremely strange to them or  at the least different from their own.  This post is about one of these “differences” which is searching,hunting,looking for, or … Continue reading

My Spanish Mother-in-Law should be a Celebrity Chef

Long before I met my mother-in-law I was eating her cooking which came on a daily basis via various containers to my house. It’s a long story as to why this was so but the  bizarre thing  was that I … Continue reading