Harry in Spain

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We spent a lovely day in Guadalest in the hot sun of April with temperatures reaching 28 degrees. This is the summer starting in Spain and with long hot days starting now we intend to travel about and sight see. Guadalest is a small town on the top of a mountain with a little over 200 inhabitants.

The views are stunning and the turquoise reservoir below is beautiful. There are lots of parking spaces and lots of tourist shops, restaurants and bars.
The castle at the top is a hefty climb up a lot of stepps but worth the visit.
The video below gives some views of the features and area.

El Castell de Guadalest, known usually as Guadalest, is a small town in
Valencia, in a mountainous part of the comarca of Marina Baixa, in the province
of Alicante, Spain. Guadalest covers an area of 16 sq km, and has a population
of around 200 inhabitants. Guadalest is approximately 25 kilometres inland from
Benidorm along CV-70 road.

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Alicante At Easter.

Last year we visited Alicante to see the Semana Santa Easter Parade. It was well worth the 30 minute journey to see this solemn to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ.   The noise from the drums could be heard all over the city and the weather was fantastic.  There are similar fiestas and parades all over Spain at this time of the year but normally the weather can be unpredictable.

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Semana Santa is Spain’s version of Easter – it’s bigger, better, more pious and more Spanish than any eggs and bunny equivalent you’ve experienced elsewhere in the world.Semana Santa goes on for more than week, rather than the usual four days that is common in the US and UK.Domingo de la Resurreccion (Resurrection Sunday) is on the same day as our Easter Sunday.

Seeing men dressed up in outfits that resemble the American klu klux clan can be quite intimidating even although they come in all differen bright colours.
The ladies are normaly dressed in black and walk very slowly behind the men.

The video below will give you an idea how seriously the Spanish treat this very religious week and how it is worth seeing.

Happy Easter everyone.

 

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All over the world people will be celebrating the feast of Saint Patrick be they of Irish decent or not. Some of the parades are huge and people travel to Dublin and New York to see the biggest parades of them all.  Even here in Spain there are parades in all the towns and cities. 

No matter where you go in the World there is always an Irish pub and Irish people.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland.  St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland.
Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confession, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.

irish_four_leaf_clover_800_clr_11238Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

Happy St Patrick’s Day from Spain

 

 

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I have a special reason for celebrating St Patrick’s day.
My youngest grand-daughter (Holly  two years old) was born in Ireland and lives in Port Laoise not far from Dublin

It is so cute to listen to her talk with her Irish accent especially when she calls me pa pa, da ye have any sweets for me.
My grand mother and mother were from Ballymote near Sligo Ireland although I was born in Scotland. I will always have a bond with the Irish.

This a picture of Holly getting ready to go to the parade.

 

The video below shows a large parade in Dublin. Note near the beginning are Spanish people with a Spanish flag and one of my hero’s, Paddy Bonner ex Celtic and Ireland goalkeeper leading the parade.