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