Some news from Spain  CXXX

And back at you with my series of some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and it is summer awesome as folks are coming back ! I am eagerly looking forward to be back too!! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

In towns where I still have family Toledo,got hit about 36 degrees have been recorded (around 17h), while the minimum will continue to oscillate around 22 . In Madrid tomorrow Friday will be high 31 and low 21, Saturday 32 and 19, Sunday 32 and 22, Hot as in Spain !

It is the first time that the Prado Museum dedicates a monographic exhibition to Luis Paret, which traces his professional career, highlighting the excellent technical quality and unique originality with which the artist dealt with the issues addressed in his work. A total of 80 works make up the monographic exhibition that the Prado Museum has organized around the figure of Luis Paret . A contemporary of Francisco de Goya, he is considered the representative of French Rococo in Spain and his work is a true reflection of the society of the time. The exhibition is divided into nine sections to show an exhaustive journey through the career of this artist and discover his artistic conception and the keys to his technique that, without a doubt, place him next to his great contemporary Francisco de Goya. Prado webpage:

The race begins today to represent Spain in the 95th edition of the Oscars !! First, Alcarràs , the second feature film by filmmaker Carla Simón, winner of the Berlin Bear at this year’s festival; ‘Alcarràs’ has been sold to more than 50 countries, Simón “is considered a world director” and the idea is to release the film in the United States in commercial theaters in 2023 – it will also go to the New York Festival , The Solé family life is told. And there is the moment of a summer in which the grandfather stopped talking. What the Solé have cultivated for decades with no more agreement than the word of the owner, is now lost. The heirs claim what the property titles say is theirs. The old meets the new; progress, they say, does not understand verb tenses. The future of solar panels is bad with fruit trees. And with memory. Clean energy suddenly dirty. Next the Cinco Lobitos or five little wolves, it is Alauda Ruiz de Azúa’s first film, tells the story of a new mother. And there, in that short and simple sentence, she lives the entire film from the first to the last frame. Surprise clarity and doubt; she excites faith, and convinces something as elemental as life. And we close the candidates with As Bestas, by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, It is a film of revenge, but also of hope. It is a rural tragedy of deep anger from Spain, but without giving up the enlightened voice of what is just, what is desirable, what is correct, what is enlightened. What it is not in any case is a pastoral elegy. See them saw clips looks good indeed.

The Feria de Otoño or autumn fair, between October 1 and 12, 2022 will remember the figure of Antonio Bienvenida, on the centenary of his birth , Five bullfights are announced, two bullfights with picadores and the final of the Camino hacia Las Ventas or road to Las Ventas. Las Ventas webpage:

José María Fonollosa the centenary of the poet’s birth. A poet that a few people know as Pla, another few as Serrat, and whom most of Spain, Literature graduates included, do not like. Fonollosa was eluded by success throughout his life. For most of his life, he wrote a monumental work, ‘Ciudad del hombre‘, or City of men of which he only managed to publish a part the year before his death. Today he is considered by those who understand poetry as one of the greatest of the century. Without readers who has written the text is incomplete ,This was one of the problems of José María Fonollosa. I like Fonollosa for his amusing cruelty and his restrained sweetness. This is more than can be said for many writers of poetry. Maybe he committed the sin of being too ironic in a field that usually rewards intensity, I don’t know. Fonollosa even when he got intense, it was fun. It is not the same to say humor and humour, and seriousness is not the same as solemnity. Fonollosa was serious and humorous. I think he took poetry seriously enough not to cheapen it with blows to the chest. The problem, I guess, is that it seemed like he was writing minutiae that way. He was born in Barcelona in 1922, emigrated with his family to Cuba in 1951 and returned after the Cuban revolution, in 1961. His reluctance to participate in Havana’s literary circles, but above all his profound anti-communism, which, led him to denigrate figures such as Picasso and Sartre , may have contributed to the lack of recognition for his work by the Cuban cultural authorities after the 1959 revolution. He always lived alone, although he had a lot of dates, but he would only let a select few enter his studio, full of of books and disorder, Cruel and sweet, Fonollosa died in 1991. In many of his poems he says that he knows he will be read to in the future.He is,,,,A Zendalibros site with some further info and some of his poems:

Let me tell you about an area of my Madrid which is chic, archetucturally stunning and beautiful history,The Royal Palace and its surroundings,

This urban space constituted the primitive embryo of the city of Madrid. Here was that Muslim Mayrit that had been founded as a military fortress during the emirate of Mohammad ben Abd al-Rahmman, between the years 850 and 886. This Mayrit had unbeatable natural conditions for its defense and since the 10C with a wall of stonework that surrounded an urban perimeter of 1273 meters. On the Cuesta de la Vega some stretches of the Arab wall are still preserved in good condition. In the walled enclosure or citadel (al-mudayna), which would be more or less located where the Royal Palace and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Almudena are today, was the Alcázar or military castle. Outside the enclosure to the east and south were the Arab and Christian neighborhoods that constituted the so-called Medina. In short, it was a small city that did not exceed 17 hectares in size.

This whole place is very changed today. The continuous reforms in the Alcázar and its surroundings in times of the Habsburgs, was followed by the devastating fire of the same in 1734 and the construction of the new Royal Palace between 1738 and 1764. But it was during the brief reign of José Bonaparte (1808-1813) when the urban appearance changed the most with the scheduled demolition of a large number of houses that were next to the Royal Palace. Its land would be replaced by the current Plaza de Oriente and the Royal Theater ,but definitively completed in 1850 with notable differences from the original idea. The Plaza de Oriente is one of the most beautiful squares in the city, it preserves the original design of its gardens and enhances the monumentality of the Royal Palace and the Royal Theatre.

But this environment contains other interesting corners such as the neighboring section of Calle Mayor (Palacio de los Consejos and Convento del Sacramento), Plaza de Ramales (Palace of Domingo Trespalacios and Casa Palacio de Ricardo Angustias), Plaza de la Encarnación (Convent of La Encarnación) and the Plaza de la Marina Española and its surroundings (Palace of the Senate, palace of the Marquis of Grimaldi and the Duke of Granada de Ega, building of the Royal Asturian Mining Company and, among others, the headquarters of the Royal Academy of Surgery and Medicine). Sublime a must to walk it all !!!

Some towns I like , and do think about visiting you will be glad !

Maderuelo, province of Segovia, This town stands on the banks of a reservoir making it a privileged place. The town sits between the Serrezuela de Sepúlveda and the Ayllón páramo, giving rise to one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Among its main attractions is the Arco de la Villa, the emblematic entrance of Maderuelo, which still retains the locks, the postern and some thick armored wooden doors, with decorations and polychrome armor from the 15C. Also noteworthy is the spectacular viewpoint that extends under the porticoed atrium of the Church of Santa María. The Plaza de San Miguel is surrounded by tall buildings that preserve the medieval atmosphere, highlighting two Romanesque portals and a Gothic one with a rococo-style shield. This historic town also preserves some unique architectural remains, in Segovia, from the Muslim era. On the outskirts, the grandiose Hermitage of Castroboda, where the patron saint of the town is venerated, and that of Vera Cruz from the end of the 11C, will not leave anyone indifferent. The Segovia province tourist office on Maderuelo:

Cudillero, Asturias, This town with its brightly colored houses perched on the mountain above the sea, is one of the most picturesque towns on the Asturian coast. Not only the Association of the most beautiful towns in Spain says so, but also the prestigious newspaper The New York Times. Undoubtedly, an unforgettable place to visit, where the fishing atmosphere is still alive and where gastronomy and landscape come together to form a unique image. Also known as Villa Pixueta, it exudes the sea and fishing on all four sides, and still preserves such unique traditions as that of the curadillo, a unique delicacy, invented by the pixueto fishermen in times past, when they left small sharks to dehydrate for months at the door of their houses. Among its obligatory stops is the port that dazzled Hollywood with the Oscar-winning film Start Again, and you can’t miss the opportunity to visit its lighthouse and the Humilladero Chapel, its charming Gothic jewel. The Cudillero tourist office:

Medina del Campo ,Province of Valladolid, has palaces, stately homes and what is known as ‘Plaza Mayor de la Hispanidad‘. What most impresses about the Plaza Mayor of Medina del Campo is its proportions. With more than 14,000 m², it is the largest square in Spain and it seems even bigger since the trees and fountain that adorned it were removed. The town of Medina del Campo, located 50 km from Valladolid, has always been a strategic point in Castilla y León The Rueda Wine Route is one of the 35 Wine Routes in Spain. The Rueda Designation of Origin was created in 1980 and was the first D.O. recognized in Castilla y León. Medina del Campo is located practically in the center of this area. In La Seca, 12 km from Medina del Campo and known as ‘La Cuna del Verdejo’, or the birthplace of Verdejo, the grape ; are the Campo Elíseo Wineries. Two French winegrowers have developed their business in a 17C manor house in which they recovered an impressive gallery of caves, ten meters below ground. There rest traditional Bordeaux barrels and modern concrete vats in the shape of eggs that allow a constant movement of the wine and its ‘lees’, which translates into a greater aroma. The Castillo de la Mota, which stands on a hill (mota), is the main monument of Medina del Campo. It is one of the first castles built almost entirely with bricks instead of ashlar masonry. It was finished at the end of the 15C and its nearly forty-metre homage tower stands out. Its main function was defensive, not palatial, it also served as a prison and housed prisoners such as Hernando Pizarro, brother of the conqueror of Peru; and César Borgia, who is said to have escaped by sliding down a rope. After the Spanish civil war it housed the Command School of the Women’s Section. It can be visited without a guide (exteriors and ground floor) and with a guide (4 euros last check). The Medina del Campo tourist office:

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! Summer is here with all that heat wave as well. Time to enjoy sunny Spain once again, and we are gear up for it! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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