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Valencia: Paella, Sun, Sand, Holy Grail, More Sun and……What?

Valencia: Paella, Sun, Sand, Holy Grail, More Sun and……What?

Forget all the Indiana Jones and King Arthur nonsense; the Holy Grail is real and on view in Valencia. I’ve seen it and the chapel where it’s held is called…

A Very Citrus Christmas

A Very Citrus Christmas

  Christmas time in England used to be the time when mandarins were common supplementary presents, and this is of course logical because this is the time when all those…

Valencia’s Civil War Souvenirs

Valencia’s Civil War Souvenirs

It’s hard to imagine bombs falling on Valencia, and yet during the Spanish Civil War Valencia was attacked mercilessly by German and Italian planes helping Franco and getting in some…

Cruyff in Valencia

Cruyff in Valencia

  Johan Cruyff is remembered mainly as a player for Ajax and Holland, and as a player and manager of Barcelona Football Club. However, he was also briefly a player…

Neville Electrifies Valencia

Neville Electrifies Valencia

 Unfortunately we are not talking about football manager Gary Neville, but about the Julius G Neville company, whose products, manufactured in Liverpool, were used all over Spain when the country…

Xàtiva: a Castle in the Air

Xàtiva: a Castle in the Air

Xàtiva is one of those towns you often drive past on the way elsewhere, usually commenting on how great the castle looks. When finally you go up there, sometimes among…

Welcome to Valenciadam

Welcome to Valenciadam

Apparently Tarantino called his film Reservoir Dogs when a customer misunderstood him recommending “Au Revoir, Les Enfants” Valencian reservoirs are mostly free of canines, even when it rains cats and…

British Cemeteries of the Mediterranean

British Cemeteries of the Mediterranean

Wherever there has been a British presence in Spain there is usually a British cemetery where many stories of Anglo-Spanish collaboration are to be found. Meeting somebody who is an…

The British Cemetery of Valencia

The British Cemetery of Valencia

The British Cemetery of Valencia is one of the city’s best kept secrets and one that demonstrates that Valencia has always had a large population of foreigners. Recently an international…

El Palleter

El Palleter

Sorrolla painted him, his statue stands beside Valencia’s cannonball pocketed Torres de Quart, a monument to the city’s resistance to Napoleon’s artillery, commanded by Marshal Suchet, and Valencian venerates him…

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