Nou d’Octubre – The Day of Valencia

Every October 9th, since King James the I of Aragon sent the Moors packing south, Valencian's have celebrated their freedom. OK, well as much freedom as people who still lived under a feudal system for 100's of years following this conquest could. But the Spanish population, who were mostly Christians (Catholics) went from being the … Continue reading Nou d’Octubre – The Day of Valencia

More in Morella

We are home from Morella. Just pulled in after a long weekend of new sights, new sounds and ALOT of ground covered. Morella is north of Valencia by about 2 hours on a motorcycle. I've been interested in Spanish prehistoric cave painting for decades and I've never indulged in taking the time to seek them … Continue reading More in Morella

The Opera House

Before living here, Spain and artistic patronage weren't something I connected. But this is due only to my own ignorance and inexperience, because I was completely wrong. And I've spent the better part of the last few month disavowing myself of my previous prejudices. Sure, I'd been to the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL. … Continue reading The Opera House

¡Hola Madrid!

We took the high speed to Madrid from Valencia for our final days with Emilie before she went back to school. It cuts the travel time in half but still allows for beautiful views of wine, olives and this time of year, sunflower fields by the mile. All along the route it seemed the flowers … Continue reading ¡Hola Madrid!

Moors and Christians

Last evening, we traveled to Torrent on the Metro to experience all that a Moors and Christians celebration has to offer. The Moors occupied Spain for 800 years until, over many years and after many battles, they were defeated by Christian armies from across Europe. Charlemagne is a legend in the Basque country for contributing … Continue reading Moors and Christians

Fiesta de la Ceramica

Last night, I decided I would take a break from Espanol and do something fun with friends from Ireland and Spain. They had told me about Manises before, and Jeff and I had gone there on a Sunday for one of our 'Metro Roulette' outings (more on those later). But like everything in Spain, never … Continue reading Fiesta de la Ceramica

Corpus Christi

This weekend was the culmination of the fiesta of Corpus Christi. It represents the 60 days after Easter and is chock full of traditions that are ruckus and confusing. We have no idea what so much of it means or why they're doing it at all. Luckily, some of it was described to us while … Continue reading Corpus Christi

Out and About

We are still discovering our new home town. Turning right instead of left, like we usually do. Looking up to find that we've been walking under some gorgeous, carved stone work we had failed to see before. It happens every day. Sometimes, we do it deliberately. Other times it's by accident. We're just lost. But … Continue reading Out and About

Hello Barcelona

Just a quick trip up to Barcelona to pick up Emilie.  She's out of school in the US and here for the summer. This morning she's still out like a light, after delayed flights out of Lexington for weather, and then a couple hours of mechanical difficulties in Chicago. I was happy to see her … Continue reading Hello Barcelona

Tribunal de las Aguas

A while back, I learned of the Tribunal de las Aquas. AKA The Water Board. No, not that kind of 'water board'. There is no torture, and liquid never makes an actual appearance. But it is all about the water rights of the Valencian Plateau and the 'Waterlands' herein. To recap, this is the oldest … Continue reading Tribunal de las Aguas