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December 17, 2015

Christmas again at Rochefort-en-Terre!!!

Once again I past by my favorite Christmas town in my region, this is Rochefort-en-Terre, magical land, tourist office here , http://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/ln/en/

We come by car on the N165 expressway getting off at La Roche Bernard and continuing on the road D774  passing Marsan, Paule, Limerzel, before reaching Rochefort en Terre on some wonderful twisting roads. You can also ,go by the N166 direction Rennes and then taken the D775 direction Questembert ,then road D777 direction Pluherlin,  and reaching Rochefort en Terre.

We have come every year for the last five here and each year is wonderful. http://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/feerie-noel-rochefort-en-terre/

And the site of the féerie de Noêl or Christmas here, http://rochefortenfete.canalblog.com/

We had our apéro at the Le Menestrel pub restaurant at Place St Michel, and then onward we go, tasting bit and bites all over the chalets and commerces open all night, the best is to get here by 17h30 or 5:30PM.

The castle of great painters history is all decorated for the event, http://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/decouvrir/patrimoine-et-musees/patrimoine-bati-bretagne/?tif_r=4de3e247-2ee9-434c-a972-4bf10948c8c3&Parc-du-Chateau-de-Rochefort-en-Terre

And even the Church Notre Dame de la Tronchaye  is on, http://www.rochefortenterre-tourisme.bzh/decouvrir/patrimoine-et-musees/patrimoine-bati-bretagne/?tif_r=ff81d3ef-b474-4555-88a4-45b2b3e8b0ef&Eglise-Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye

See the wonderful nativity scene at place des Halles and Place St Michel, the museum for the painters history from a Alfred Klots born in St Germain en Laye (78) but family came from Baltimore MD USA to renovated the castle and housed the painters.

Enjoy the Christmas spirit is all over , the best time of the year!!! Enjoy the photos of 2015.

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December 17, 2015

Some news from Spain XIIII

Well I have literally left Spain out for quite some time, this is one of my countries !!! Well here is something traditional for the Holidays coming up.

Where to spent your Christmas Eve in Madrid,(my city) ;for the moderate budget we have some of my favorites there Ayre Gran Hotel Colon  Pez Volador, 1 | Tfn.: 91 400 99 00 | Price: 93 euros (dining and confettis).Chlidren  Menú  (Under 12 ): 34 euros. This is where I have stayed lately in the city great hotel , friendly service and all central. Mercado de la Reina Gran Vía, 12 | Tfn.: 91 521 31 98 | Price: 90 euros (dining and cup of champa or wine). Real Café Bernabeu Avenida de Concha Espina, 1 (Puerta 30. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu) | Tfn.: 91 458 36 67 | Price: 149 euros (dining and confettis). Children Menú  (Under 12): 55 euros. Café de Colon (previus Café de los Artistas)  Goya, 2 | Tfn.: 91 431 86 15 | Price: 110 euros (dining and confettis). Puerta 57  Padre Damián, s/n (Estadio Santiago Bernabéu) | Tfn.: 91 457 33 61 | Price: 165 euros (dining), 210 euros (dining and confettis), 50 euros (confettis). Children Menú  (Under 12 ): 49,50 euros. Intercontinental hotel  Paseo de la Castellana, 49 | Tfn.: 91 700 73 71 | Price: 450 euros (dining and confettis), 125 euros (only confettis).Children  Menú  (Under 12): 125 euros.  .  Gran Melià Fénix Hermosilla, 2 | Tfn.: 91 431 67 00 | Price: 295 euros (dining).  Children Menú  (Under 10): 147,50 euros.  Palacio de Cibeles Plaza de Cibeles, 1 | Tfn.: 91 523 14 54 | Price: 231 euros (dining and confettis).

Then, you have the heritage cities to hold such a nice occassion, such as Alcalà de Henares and the year of Cervantes,http://culturalcala.es/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Programa-de-Navidad-2015_2016.pdf ;  the markets of Avilà, http://www.avilaturismo.com/es/agenda/v-centenario-santa-teresa-de-jesus/item/831-programa-conmemorativo-v-centenario the festival at Baeza ,http://www.baezaturismo.com/ sweet Christmas at Càceres, http://www.turismo.ayto-caceres.es/  the patios of  Cordoba, http://www.turismodecordoba.org/ draw one at Cuenca,http://turismo.cuenca.es/  traditional at San Cristobal de la Laguna , http://www.aytolalaguna.com/descubre.jsp go the past at Mérida,http://www.turismomerida.org/  see the history at Segovia, http://www.turismodesegovia.com/  route trends at Salamanca, http://www.salamanca.es/en/ gastronomic Santiago de Compostela, http://www.santiagoturismo.com/  the ninots of Tarragona, http://www.tarragonaturisme.cat/es the traditional tiovivo at Toledo, http://www.toledo-turismo.com/ and the guignols of Ubeda ; http://www.turismodeubeda.com/index.php/es/

And you can find more about them at the official heritage site of cities of the Spanish heritage, Ciudades de Patrimonio , here, http://www.ciudadespatrimonio.org/ciudades/index.php?idioma=en

The best guide to choose your Spanish wine, is Guia Peñin , for years the best, http://www.guiapenin.com/

I just had my Beronia red Rioja Reserva 2010 tonite ::)  and as in my blogroll at the bottom of my main page, the wines of Spain  and more is found all here at Apolo y baco , http://www.apoloybaco.com/

One of the best Spanish language site on Spanish gastronomy is here, the one I follow, Diario de Gastronomia, sharing ::) http://diariodegastronomia.com/ and for Madrid my Madrid the best in Spanish is here, Los 5 mejores; http://www.los5mejores.com/ ; and to rent the best of Spain in rural beautiful Spain, agroturismo casas rurales here  ; http://en.antiquanatura.com/rural-tourism/espana/

Enjoy Spain in the magical time of Christmas to Epiphany !

 

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