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December 24, 2022

Wines news of Spain IV

And we are in Winter 2022-23, its time to tell you once again on the wines of my dear Spain, As said, this goes back from my beginnings ,and I still go for them everywhere, Therefore, will try the monumental task of telling you about my favorites anecdotes and news of Spanish wines and hope to continue this series as my others with your blessing and likes. Here it is ,again coming back at you my wines news of Spain IV !!

In the interannual period to October 2022 (from November 2021 to October 2022) Spanish wine exports have risen 3.8%, reaching a new turnover record with 2,983 million euros. In volume, however, the downward trend (9.7%) continues, with sales standing at 2,100.2 million liters. It seems that the growth in value is softening and the fall in volume is accentuated, according to the Observatorio Español del Mercado del Vino or Spanish Observatory of the Wine Market. In the first ten months of 2022, sales grew in value by 3.9% and 92.6 million euros to 2,483.2 million. In volume they lost 10.3% and 202.3 million liters to 1,756.3 million. In terms of value, it is bulk wines, sparkling wines and bottled still wines that lead the global increase. In volume, it was bulk wines and packaged still wines (68.8 million), which fell the most.webpage :

The Denomination of Origin “Jerez-Xérès-Sherry” is considered the oldest in Spain, because it was the pioneer wine region in publishing its Regulations after the creation of the Wine Statute in 1933; The first Wine Law in the country that included the concept of Designation of Origin. And a few years later, in 1964, the D.O. “Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda”, geographically related to said locality. Currently, the Marco de Jerez that produces the wines covered by the Denomination of Origin “Jerez-Xérès-Sherry” is located in southern Spain, between the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, Trebujena, Rota, Chipiona, Puerto Real, Chiclana de la Frontera and Lebrija. Among the changes in the Specifications approved by the Regulatory Council, we can highlight as one of the most significant, the expansion of the Aging Zone of the DO “Jerez-Xérès-Sherry” which, as we mentioned before, is equal to the Zone of Production, so now the wineries that are outside the famous “triangle of Jerez” are also welcomed in full right under the conditions of the Denomination of Origin. More info in Spanish webpage :

The mastery of the great Spanish sweet wines is unparalleled in the world, with peaks of quality that match them with the greats among the international greats. The Christmas holidays provide an unbeatable opportunity to taste them, accompanying marzipan figurines, almond sweets, shortbreads, polvorones, pestiños, nougats, candied fruits or roscones de reyes that require their presence for the celebration and enjoyment to be complete, to which should be added the use of a range of grape varieties, starting with the consecrated muscatel, malvasía, and Pedro Ximénez, and continuing with the autochthonous treixadura, godello, monastrell, or red and white garnacha. Its production spans numerous wine-growing areas, although it has greater roots and quality are in Andalusia, Alicante, the Canary Islands, Catalonia, and Galicia. Naturally Sweet Wines (VND) in which the sweetness of the fruit becomes a taste-olfactory filigree,

Two of my favorites over the years are :

Noé: Bodega González Byass, Manuel María González, 12. Jerez de la Frontera ( province of Cádiz). The must is from Pedro Ximénez from the Carrascal estate and produced in the Viña Canariera winery, where the grapes are sunbathed. The wine is fortified before entering the Solera de Noé, where it remains for an average of 30 years. The result is a complex and powerful wine, with aromas of raisined fruits, dates, dried figs, coffee and roasted coffee. Delicately pasty, velvety, powerful, concentrated, intense, without being cloying. Webpage :

Alvear Pedro Ximénez de Sacristía 2006, Bodega Alvear. Avenida María Auxiliadora, 1. Montilla (province of Córdoba). Alvear is one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in Montilla. His teaching is based on the excellent old Pedro Ximénez vines planted on albariza soil. Once the grapes have sunbathed, the best Pedro Ximénez vintages are subjected to static aging in American oak barrels from our bodega Sacristía winery. This is a wine of exceptional value for money, full of aromas of raisins, fruit in liqueur, citrus, chocolate and spices. Very tasty, concentrated and thick, without being cloying, it leaves a sweet sensation, as elegant as it is intense. Webpage :

The history chained by eleven generations of winegrowers that begins in 1647 and that has completed, therefore, 375 harvests. Time that has served to associate wine with the surname Chivite, to elevate a land, Navarra, in which its vines are rooted and some varieties that have followed the movement of the pendulum marked by each era. This is the opportunity now offered by the winery putting on the market a thousand units of a batch of three bottles that will be sold at eighty euros. It is made up of Chivite Colección 125 Reserva 1994, Chivite Colección 125 Reserva 2002 and Chivite Colección Vino de Guarda 2017. Past, present and evolution of a project summarized in the image that reflects some of its best reds. Sublime follow Chivite for years,,,webpage :

Another historical bodega and favorite of mine over the years is the Bodegas Faustino, a brand that has received outstanding international recognition from Wine Enthusiast, one of the most influential wine publications in the world (i was a former subscriber back in the USA). The winery has been selected as one of the five finalists in the “European Winery of the Year” category in the publication’s annual Wine Star Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the world, which recognizes every year the exceptional work of wineries and personalities from the world of wine. The Wine Star Awards jury highlights that after celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2021, Bodegas Faustino, located in Oyón, Rioja Alavesa, is another European winery with a long history that has kept pace with the global market trends and is lauded as one of the ‘First Rioja Families’ The winery is the largest owner of vineyards in the Rioja region, giving it almost half of the total market share of the Rioja Gran Reserva wines and to be a leading Rioja brand in the US market. The Martínez Zabala family is the leader in the production and export of Gran Reserva de Rioja around the world, with a market share of 35% of the most prestigious category of Rioja and has the first park of Rioja barrels (more than 75,000 in which the future great reserves and high-end wines rest) and more than 14 million bottles. Faustino is the Rioja winery that houses more Gran Reserva vintages in its bottle racks, with wines for sale from vintages since 1955. And it even keeps previous vintages On the other hand, Wine Enthusiast has included the Gran Faustino I Gran Reserva 2004 in the group of best wines of the year , giving it a score of 96 out of 100. The publication highlights that this deep garnet-colored wine has aromas blackberry, black currant and olive tapenade. It’s smooth at first on the sip and then harsh tannins build up on the palate, carrying flavors of dark plum, pomegranate, cocoa pod, thyme and orange zest that work their way to a surprisingly bright finish. Indeed sublime, Webpage :

For reference Wine Enthusiast magazine  wine star awards:

Nearly 50% of the wines with DO Valencia tasted in the Peñín Guide 2023 have been rated with 90 points or more. The 33rd edition of the Peñín Guide to Wines of Spain (which I follow since the late 80’s) reaffirms the quality of the wines of the Valencia Denomination of Origin, granting it a total of 81 outstanding. A total of 25 wineries with outstanding scores that show the excellent work that is being done, One good one althought by reference I trust as not taste it yet is the 1771 Casa Los Frailes 2018 by Casa Los Frailes. An intense cherry color with a complex, expressive, spicy, mineral, earthy aroma and an elegant, full, long and persistent palate webpage:

A few km from Requena is the Hispano+Suizas vineyard (this one is known and very good ) that has reached a very high level of quality with his four cavas (Spanish sparkling wine) . That’s where it all begins. It is true that the 200 years of history between the two territories invites above all respect, but the challenge was served and the desire to face it was plenty. The first step was to find out the acclimatization capacity of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, (you know it) , the two star grapes of Champagne. There are three keys that elevate the four cavas of the Tantum Ergo line to the category of a masterpiece: the fermentation of the base wine (first fermentation) in new 400-litre French oak barrels. Aromatically it provides interesting nuances, but what makes the difference is the creaminess on the palate, a vital issue for the nobility of the final result. Secondly, they are all Brut Nature, the only way in which the wine speaks for itself, without makeup. Finally, the different times of aging in the bottle in which the nuances and greatness of the cava come to light. While the two Tantum Ergo (a white made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a rosé from the red variety) have been aged for a minimum of 22 months, the Tantum Ergo Vintage (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), which is only made in the best vintages , spends almost four years refining in the bottle with its lees. Lastly, and as an example of exploring the limits of bottle aging (more than 120 months in rhyme), there is Tantum Ergo Exclusive, a cava of which only a very limited number of magnum bottles are produced. Bodegas Hispano+Suizas, Ctra. Nacional 322, Km. 451.7, 46357 El Pontón, Requena (Valencia) webpage :

And why not continue with Valencia shall we! The Valencian territory, home to vines since ancient times, attracted different civilizations that promoted the culture of wine and transmitted an incalculable historical legacy. Those vineyards that supplied the Roman Empire with wine are still rocked by the magnetic Mediterranean breeze, caressed by a generous and almost omnipresent sun.

The Castellón Wine Route leads to these charming corners and invites you to discover the interesting proposals of small producers, whose wines are covered by the Vinos de la Tierra de Castelló geographical indication. The benevolent climate of the area is home to autochthonous varieties such as Monastrell, wild Bonicaire or Macabeo, which produce signature wines with a long history, always under the capricious influence of the tides. In Valencia , there are two wine routes that cross the province: the Utiel-Requena route and the D.O. Valencia, with its beautiful contrasts and wines with their own personality made on many occasions with grapes from recovered local varieties. Five subzones make up the D.O. Valencia: Alto Turia, Clariano, Valentino, Muscatel and Terres dels Alforins. The latter is a kind of Valencian Tuscany, a picturesque triangular valley that is home to old towns born from the vineyard with great cultural and environmental value: La Font de la Figuera, Moixent and Fontanars, where you can live very unique experiences that are different from the that the capital offers (urban wineries, tapas with Valencian wines…). The Utiel-Requena marks the border between Levante and La Mancha, and there reigns the Bobal, the star of fun and varied wine tourism options: themed routes, archaeological sites (among them, the oldest winery in Europe), Alicante, with the Monastrell as a banner, it is rich in microclimates and oenological treasures. Like fondillón, a unique wine in the world that is made with Monastrell grapes that are overripe on the vine and aged in old Alicante barrels using the ancestral system of soleras. The Alicante Wine Route reveals the secrets of this eternal wine, and of the rest of elaborations covered by the D.O. Alicante, starring the stoic Monastrell. More info webpage:

This small and young appellation of origin, located between Cuenca and Toledo, that I have visited and tasted their wines over the last several years is up and coming good wine area of my dear Spain, The Uclés Denomination of Origin was clear from the beginning that sustainability would be one of its main axes. For this reason, it was a pioneer in measuring the carbon footprint, beginning in 2013 to calculate and certify it , Born in 2006, the Uclés Denomination of Origin covers 1,700 hectares of vineyards and encompasses 25 towns! in Cuenca province and 3 in Toledo province. Its heritage stands out of old vines in glass of more than 40 years. · Composed of 5 wineries, 3 of them produce and bottle wine with D.O. Uclés: Fontana Wineries and Vineyards, La Estacada Estate (the best of the lot me think) and Soledad Winery. The D.O. works with 6 white varieties (Verdejo, Chardonnay, Small Grain Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Macabeo and Airén) and 5 red varieties (Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Garnacha Tinta). The towns in the province of Cuenca are Acebrón (El) – Alcázar del Rey – Almendros – Belinchón – Carrascosa del Campo – Fuente de Pedro Naharro – Horcajo de Santiago – Huelves – Huete – Langa – Loranca del Campo, Paredes – Pozorrubio – Rozalén del Monte – Saelices – Tarancón – Torrubia del Campo – Tribaldos – Uclés – Valparaíso de Arriba – Valparaíso de Abajo – Vellisca – Villamayor de Santiago – Villarrubio – Zarza de Tajo. Denomination of Origin Uclés, Calle Maese Nicolás, Business Center. PI. Tarancon Sur 16400 Tarancon (prov of Cuenca) ,webpage :

The Revista de Museología or Museology Magazine, which is the dissemination organ of the Association of Spanish Museologists, offers us a special 247-page issue dedicated to the Wine Museums of Spain. Number 60 of this publication is therefore a necessary copy in the library of wine lovers of Spain. Magazine Webpage :

The Association of wine museums of Spain :

And as usual by me, let me introduce to you some magnificent Spanish wines to match any and great for the Holiday period of 2022 and New Year 2023. Feliz Navidad para todos.. Merry Christmas to all!! Joyeux Noël à tous; Feliz Natal para todos!

Conde de San Cristóbal debuts its top wine, Oydor On the 25th anniversary of the arrival of the Marqués de Vargas to the Ribera del Duero, to the Pago de Valdestremerade Peñafiel where they are located, the winery launches an exclusive wine, from a pre-phylloxera vineyard located in the Viñalamiel area and divided into two microplots, one from 1860 and the other from 1950. It has an altitude of 850 meters and sandy loam soils with clay and silt. This red is very floral, with notes of cocoa and blackberries, balsamic touches and nice toasties. In the mouth it is very broad, fine, with a perfectly integrated alcohol, with black fruit and elegant tannins. Webpage:

Barco del Corneta in the town of Cubillas de Santa Marta, between Palencia and Valladolid, in the Pisuerga Valley, found a winegrower with a vineyard in an area renowned for its quality, in Pago de Sallana, where they harvest red and white grapes to make a classic claret, Tempranillo is the ink and the whites are traditional varieties of the region: palomino, widow, verdejo or clairet. The result is Tres Navíos, a serious and stately rosé, aromatic, with red fruits and floral notes, ripe, full on the palate, with a soft and comfortable texture. Webpage :

Ojo Gallo places the accent on a Ribera del Duero winemaking tradition , A blend of Tempranillo, Viura, Garnacha, Albillo or Bobal from farms in the Las Majadillas region, all from organic or biodynamic vineyards, this wine, which rides between the profile of a light red or intense rosé, but always with a cheerful finesse,webpage :

Montepedriza is the name of this red parcel, which comes from a fifty-year-old vineyard in the Tudelilla area, in the DOCa Rioja. It is made in 500-liter bocoyes to accentuate the roundness and elegance of the Grenache without giving up its fruity expression. a very rich, cheerful, round wine with delicious acidity ,webpage :

Torre Muga is one of those labels with which to match both a winelover mother-in-law and the most recalcitrant brother-in-law, A red made from Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo whose label was born in 1991 with the idea of launching a wine with a Bordeaux air but that did not give up the Rioja character is intense, with notes of balsamic concentrated black fruit, with a silky texture and polished tannins, but with a long journey ahead. A wine that is now beginning to give its best, but a good aging does not go bad either, webpage :

La Fillaboa 1898 2016, That Albariño is one of the great white grapes in the world almost goes without saying, but it goes without saying that yes, it is raw material for long-lived wines, which survive in time beyond the year after your harvest, even if they were not made for that purpose. This wine, in particular, has spent six years in steel tanks on its lees, so it is made to last, although now is a good time to open it and share it, or give it as a gift and see how it evolves after a few years. Webpage :

The winery founded by Alejandro Fernández and Esperanza Rivera, who are now run by their daughters, has packaged a selection of its most emblematic wines for those faithful to the brand born in Ribera del Duero: Tinto Pesquera, Condado de Haza, Dehesa La Granja and El Vínculo, in a packaging that is the result of the Desperdicio 0 contest, which the winery organizes together with the Training Degree at the Valladolid Superior School of Design and is made with recycled products. A selection of reds to uncork with the family , and yes have all except Dehesa, wonderful wines over the years indeed, webpage :

Cara norte, Bodegas Montebaco calls its red wine from the plot that gives it its name, with seven hectares of calcareous clay soil, at an altitude of 900 meters and oriented, of course, to the north, so it suffers the lash of the winds that sweep across the moor where it is located. These circumstances mean that the organically grown grapes have an excellent ripeness and the right balance between fruit character, freshness and structure. It is made with its own yeasts and without additives, which accentuates its pure profile, of black fruit and blue flowers, and its opulent mouthfeel.webpage:

Bembibre was one of the first red wines from the town to have the name of the town where the vineyard is located appear on its label. Dominio de Tares continues to bet on this red, which comes from eighty-year-old vineyards from six different estates with slate floors and accumulates 15 months of aging in barrels and two more years in the bottle, so it comes out ready to uncork it and discover its floral notes of violets and black fruits and chocolates and a silky texture; wide, tasty, intense, long, wonderful company of the most forceful passes on the men, webpage :

Rompecepas ,It is not usual to find Madrid wines made with different varieties such as Malvar, Airén, Torrontés de Madrid or Jaén. Madrid vineyard that continues to explore from Cinco Leguas, a personal project, after having spearheaded more than notable productions in Bernabeleva and Comando G. The soil of the estate from which the Rompecepas grapes come is calcareous and clayey; It is harvested by hand, the must is fermented with skins and stems and the wine is then transferred to used 300-litre French oak barrels to preserve the fruity and mineral expression. A wonderful corkage for appetizers, salads, white meats or simply to quench your thirst. A project of Marc Isart webpage :

Viña Albina Dulce Blanco Reserva is bottled in half a liter format and is sold for around 10 euros !. It is not only a top gift with a fantastic price for a late-harvest wine made with Viura and Malvasia, it is also a wine to bring to surprise to everyone in the aperitif or dessert, thanks to its magnificent acidity and a sweet and opulent fruit, which feels the sea of good in winter season. it can also be stored for a few years and enjoy its evolution, towards nuts and toasted and spicy notes. In short, there is no excuse for not getting a bottle, webpage :

There you go folks, another wonderful post on my dear Spanish wines, Hoping for a long lasting memories of my dear Spain and its wine news, An area already shining for several years, and getting better me think, Hope you enjoy the new series of wines news from Spain as I

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

December 24, 2022

Real Jardin Botànico de Madrid !

I had passed by this garden many many times and always bypassed it , don’t ask why, do not know. Finally , coming with my dear late wife Martine who loved gardening I stopped by. A pleasant surprise of a beautiful garden and interesting history I like. Nowdays came back several times even with my boys. Therefore, let me tell you a bit on the Real Jardin Botànico de Madrid or the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid ! 


The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid is a research center of the Higher Council of Scientific Research. Founded by royal decree on October 17, 1755 in Madrid by King Fernando VI, at Migas Calientes, it was then ordered by King Carlos III at its current location, on the Paseo del Prado, more precisely at Plaza de Murillo , 2 near Prado Museum. This garden hosts, on three terraces, plants from Europe, but also from America and the Pacific. It is surrounded by walls and vegetation, the tranquility of this 8-hectare setting is appreciable in a heaven of peace.


The garden is divided into 3 terraces. The lowest terrace, called Cuadrados Terrace (square terrace) presents collections of endemic plants, medicinal, aromatic and a beautiful rose garden of ancient and primitive roses. Then, the terrace of Escuelas ( Schools terrace ), still as it was conceived in 1774, presents the plants according to the botanical classification of Karl von Linné, from the most primitive to the most evolved. The upper terrace, terrace Plano de la Flor (Flower Plains terrace), more of the 19C, more romantic, houses old and recent greenhouses.

The first collection of about 2000 species were constituted around 1755 , then in 1774, King Carlos III entrusted their implantation to the Prado. In 1788, the Dahlia, native of Mexico, is acclimatized for the first time in Europe. At this time, the garden distributes free medicinal plants to the population. Today the botanical garden contains more than 5000 species of plants.

The archive of the Royal Botanical Garden guards the documentation produced by the operation of the institution itself, and that generated by the Spanish scientific expeditions of the 18C and 19C in relation to Botany. The archive is structured into 15 documentary collections, which have traditionally been called “divisions”. It also includes the collections acquired by deposit, donation or purchase, such as the private collection of Cavanilles, Lagasca, Cuatrecasas, Winthuysen or Emilio Guinea, or the drawings and prints of the Van Berkhey collection. It preserves one of the most important collections of botanical drawings and prints in the world, on which the more than 6,600 drawings of the Expedition to the Viceroyalty of New Granada by José Celestino Mutis stand out. With more than a million specimens, it is the largest herbarium in Spain and one of the most representative in Europe.

madrid botanical gardens entrance arr apr17

The official Real Jardin Botanico of Madrid

The Madrid tourist office on the Real Jardin Botanico

There you go folks, a space of tranquility in a noisy area of the Museum golden triangle. Enjoy the Real Jardin Botanico of my dear Madrid. Memories forever ! Hope you enjoy the post as I. 

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

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December 24, 2022

Some news from Spain, CXXXVIIII

This is yours truly with another episode of some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and Winter is here already! I am eagerly looking forward to be back to Spain too!! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, By the way CXXXVIIII is old Roman for 139, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

The Brain(s)’: the most amazing exhibition you can see about the most mysterious organ, we have known for a long time that we are not a duality of soul and body, It groups 86,000 million neurons and that allows us to memorize, speak, dream, create, feel It is free and is in the Fundación Telefónica ,webpage:

They find the galleon Santo Cristo de Burgos, which disappeared 300 years ago in Oregon USA. This ship, which made its route between the Philippines and Mexico, had been missing since its shipwreck in 1693. Between 1565 and 1815, there was an annual trade route between the Spanish colonies in the Philippines and Mexico. This route was carried out with Manila galleons, exceptional vessels made of Asian wood, very resistant, such as those of the famous Santo Cristo de Burgos or the ships that took Magellan to the Philippines on his trip to the Moluccas, which Elcano culminated with the first circumnavigation. The National Geographic magazine has published a complete article with all the findings and with the details of the recovery operation. It is known that 231 people were traveling on board this ship at the time of the shipwreck, including some 170 Spaniards (clerics, nobles, sailors and soldiers). The Maritime Archeology Society (MAS) had its eye on the area of the shipwreck since 2020, but due to the pandemic and the weather, it was not until 2022 that they were able to approach the place. The recovery team consisted of archaeologists from the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, MAS, and SEARCH Inc. (a cultural resource management company). The area was scouted by firefighters on jet skis and divers had to enter a sea cave while being assisted from the cliffs. In these operations, remains of Chinese porcelain have been recovered in very good condition. In addition, the Santo Cristo de Burgos was known by another name, the “Beeswax”, since its main merchandise was beeswax in blocks or in the form of candles to supply the monasteries, churches and homes of the colonies. . Apart from wax, it also transported silk and other materials from Asia. NG webpage :

Lerín is the town in Spain closest to the stars, and in Navarra. In 2021, it became the first Spanish town to obtain Starlight certification, something like the astronomical equivalent to the gastronomic stars awarded by the Michelin Guide , Located at an altitude of 437 meters, this town and its municipal area have an area of 98.16 square km in which its neighbors do not lose sight of the immensity that covers them. Its streets rise to about 100 meters above the bed of the Ega river. Like a mirror, in quiet seasons, its waters are part of an absolute landscape: heaven and earth intertwine here without interference. These are scenarios that incorporate the observation of the firmament as part of their natural, landscape, cultural or scientific heritage and thereby promote sustainable tourism combining science and tourism. Webpage :

The most famous Christmas in Spain is in Vigo, and (as Julio Iglesias would say) you know it. This year, some 45,000 people gathered to see how Christmas was literally ‘turned on’, with the eleven million LED lights that make up the Porta do Sol. The music, lights and attractions have already become a tradition known throughout the country. and a way to attract more Christmas tourism. Webpage :

Torrejón de Ardoz (Comunidad de Madrid), The communidad de Madrid’s official city of Christmas lights has earned the title in its own right. Children’s attractions, Christmas decorations, markets and many shows. This year new activities have been added, such as the Ice Festival, the first International Ice Figure Contest. There are even monologues. From November to January, it is already a tradition that all Christmas lovers who reside in or pass through the capital pay a visit to Torrejón on these designated dates. Gastronomy is also another reason, as you can mix Spanish dishes such as churros with a good mulled wine or some Brazilian coconut beijinhos. Webpage :

A series of lucky coincidences and a chain of ultimately blessed mistakes brought the La Niña, La Pinta, and Santa María to the Americas in 1492 from the Canary Island of La Gomera, a 2,400-mile journey that he thought would take him to Japan. There Columbus prayed, and can be read on one of the plaques in the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción in San Sebastián de La Gomera, which beyond the historical anecdote is an authentic museum of sacred art. Although the small hermitage of mud and stones that Christopher Columbus knew was much humbler than the current one, its central nave remains as it was then, with later constructions that make it the largest church on the island. The origin of this temple dates back to the 15C, and for a long time it was the only parish on the island of La Gomera. It survived attacks by the English and looting by pirates from North Africa and is an example of how the island was built in a mixed way, mixing the styles that came to this port of call for ships from all over the world. Gothic in character, with Mudejar and Baroque signs and with a white façade of Portuguese origin. He returned two more times, in 1493 and in 1498. La Gomera tourism :

Maya, the daughter Picasso had with Marie-Thérèse Walter, dies at the age of 87. She dedicated part of her life to the study and preservation of the legacy of her father, Maria de la Concepcion Picasso was born 1935 inBoulogne Billancourt.(Hauts de Seine 92), On January 8, 1927, when leaving the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Pablo Picasso ran into a young blonde with blue eyes, of Swedish origin, who immediately captivated him. She proposed to photograph her. Marie-Thérèse Walter was 17 years old, he 28 more. The artist was still married to the Russian dancer Olga Khokhlova, with whom he had had his only child until then, Paulo. From that day on, Pablo and Marie-Thérèse became inseparable. He fell madly in love with her and he made her his new muse and lover. He obsessively painted and sculpted her in innumerable works, always voluptuous, sensual, with curved brushstrokes. In 1930 Picasso bought the Castle of Boisgeloup (Gisors ,Eure dept 27 of Normandie), where he lived his passionate love with Marie-Thérèse, the result of which his daughter Maya was born on September 5, 1935 at the Belvedere Clinic in Boulogne-Billancourt. Her real name was María de la Concepción, a name that Picasso gave her in memory of his younger sister, who died at the age of 14 due to diphtheria. He had promised never to paint or draw again if she was spared. It was not like that, unfortunately for him, but fortunately for the History of Art. Maya was a carbon copy of her father. Until in 1938 he painted six portraits of Maya reminiscent of Velázquez’s dwarfs and buffoons. They were always in the hands of Picasso. All are from a private collection, except one, from the Picasso Museum in Paris. Everything is there. Her little clothes,her toys… They are wonderful portraits Picasso portrays Marie-Thérèse and Maya in the privacy of the apartment that he had secretly rented at number 44 rue La Boétie 8éme ,Paris, very close to the studio of the. He paints his young lover while he nurses Maya.

Nice historical towns to discover in my dear Spain

El Burgo de Osma, (prov Soria) a charming walled enclave in the province of Soria. Among its main attractions are the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, built between the 12C and 18C and which combines three different artistic styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance. You must also discover the Episcopal Palace, the University of Santa Catalina and the castle, located on the outskirts of the town, making it perfect for enjoying the best views. webpage:

In Castrojeriz (prov Burgos) Framed within the Camino de Santiago, it has some of the most outstanding landmarks of the journey, such as the General Hospital of San Antón. You should also visit the Collegiate Church of Nuestra Señora del Manzano or the Palace of the Counts of Castro, a Gothic-style building that has earned it a place on the list due to its importance as a historical heritage. The Museum of Sacred Art of the Virgen del Manzano church as well as that of Santo Domingo de Guzmán are other must-sees in this beautiful Burgos town that already appeared in guides for pilgrims from the 12C. webpage:

In Trevélez (Granada province) We jumped to the Alpujarra of Granada to enjoy one of the most beautiful corners of the Sierra Nevada National Park. There, almost 1,500 meters high, is located this municipality known for its Neolithic archaeological sites. Divided into three neighborhoods (high, medium and low), among its historic buildings the church of San Benito or the hermitage of La Virgen de Las Nieves stand out. It is also essential to mark a hiking route in the surroundings, either to the area of the Seven Lagoons or the Mulhacén peak. Webpage:

This is the best artisan Roscón de Reyes in Madrid 2023, The Panod workshop is proclaimed the winner of the last Christmas call in which Isabel Maestre and the Dobleuve bakery have occupied second and third place. The fifth edition of the contest organized by the Gastroactitud portal has had a jury of professionals under the presidency of the great pastry chef Paco Torreblanca, The winner Panod webpage :

The new in Madrid! The Robuchon group has landed in the historic Embassy venue (Paseo de la Castellana, 12) with three spaces (L’Atelier, L’Ambassade, Le Speakeasy) and the class that has given the French house so much fame. Since 1911, the last opening of the Pescaderías Coruñesas group, which this year has written an outstanding chapter, with the best fish as an indisputable claim. The price, yes, is commensurate with the quality. Going to Lhardy (Carrera de San Jerónimo, 8) continues to be quite an experience that has managed to maintain the essence of the space founded in 1839 . Horcher. Located in front of the Retiro Park, this temple of good food stands out for its seasonal fish menu Bistronomika (Ibiza, 44), with Carlos de Portillo in charge, has become one of the temples of fish and seafood in the city . His mastery of the embers is a guarantee of good work. Design the menu almost daily, depending on the season and market In the La Paz market (Ayala, 28) the tortilla from Casa Dani and the pasta from Matteo Cucina Italiana never fail. We head towards Antón Martín market (Sta. Isabel, 5). An obligatory stop in Lalópez -now they are working on dishes with mushrooms and embroidering them Carnivores have proposals in the renovated San Antón market (Chueca), with Juancho’s BBQ Leña (Paseo de la Castellana, 57), the Madrid branch of the homonymous steakhouse that Chef Dani García opened Pacífico (Conde de Xiquena, 2) in Marbella in 2020, a minimalist space with spectacular smash burgers that has only been open for three months.

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! We have reach Winter and cold weather and snow are showing up, and will be colder from now on ; just enough to be cozy and homey again. Time to enjoy my dear 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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