Category Archives: Spain

I love Cordoba.  The Mosque-Cathedral, Juderia and the whole atmosphere of the place.  I had never been to the annual feria (festival) so along I went.  It had all the usual ingredients of  horses, national costumes and music.  But unfortunately too much of the other stuff;  fast food, fairground, stalls selling all kinds of Chinese […]

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The Catholic festival of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) is held annually in June, when the Host, the consecrated bread, contained in a Monstrance is paraded around the streets with much ceremony. In Zahara de la Sierras, a beautiful little “pueblo blanco” white town in the Sierras de Grasalemer in Spain’s Andalucia they do it differently, as they have for 513 years.

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The Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain is one of the worlds architectural gems, and nowhere else will you find a Christian Church and a Mosque in the same structure. Building started in 784 and it served the Islamic community as a prayer hall, place of learning and as a sharia court until the defeat of the Moors in 1236.

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This Gitano (Gypsy) couple had parked their little van off the road adjacent to a large clump of wild bamboo and were very industriously producing beautiful baskets. Firstly cutting the bamboo into lethally sharp strips of split cane, then smoothing the sharp edges with a knife before weaving. We saw them about 11am and there were already four large baskets on the roof of the van for sales, with two more in the making.

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When we arrived in Spain a week or so back it was our first visit since the horrendous fires here in the Summer. It came as a big shock to see the devastation to the pine forests and cork oak groves that are such a beautiful feature of the Andalucian countryside.

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