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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…

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…

Valencia: Where the Streets have a Name: José Aguirre

Valencia: Where the Streets have a Name: José Aguirre

José Aguirre was born in the port area of Valencia known as ‘El Grao’ in 1842. José’s father was Basque, and José was sent at the age of 18 to…

Bread on Wall Street

Bread on Wall Street

It’s not actually called Wall Street but Calle Roteros, and the bread is the kind you eat not the kind you make by selling sub prime loans to pension funds.…

Valencia’s Last Executioner

Valencia’s Last Executioner

People complain a lot about work, or the absence of good, interesting posts available; and yet Saudi Arabia was looking for eight unskilled executioners recently, which goes to show that…

The Valencian who Defied Napoleon.

The Valencian who Defied Napoleon.

A portrait of José Romeu y Parras hangs in the office of the Mayor of Sagunto, a town of Roman origin with an impressive castle just north of Valencia. José…

The Miracle of the Handkerchief

The Miracle of the Handkerchief

I tend to walk around Valencia looking upwards; which is probably why I bump into a lot of people. But the thing is that most interesting things begin on the…

554 Valencian “details” in Mauthausen

554 Valencian “details” in Mauthausen

554 Valencians, exiles from the defeated Spanish Republic, entered the gates of Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Only 217 took the return journey; and you don’t have to be an…

Who is that Man?

Who is that Man?

They say Valencia is different, and they are usually right. Plaza Manises is one of Valencia’s most significant squares; located in the historic centre of the city, surrounded by the…

Tomás Trenor: Making Valencia

Tomás Trenor: Making Valencia

In 1820 an Irish immigrant arrived in Valencia, long before there were any Irish pubs; not even Finnegan’s! He came from Limerick and his name was Thomas Trenor Keating, names…