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Hello everybody! Here you can recommend places you´ve been to, talk about your trips and ask about destinations you´d like to visit.

I´ll start with a recommendation: PORTUGAL.

There are wonderful places far from Spain, but our neighbouring country is very beautiful and picturesque. I´ve been there twice. The first time from Zamora to Oporto, visiting Braganza on the way, which is really nice, as well as Oporto, fascinating in its decadent and picturesque beauty.
The second time I also travelled by car, this time from Almansa to Lisbon, spending the night at Badajoz, which is also quite nice and worth spending a day in. On the way to Lisbon from Badajoz you should stop at Évora, another lovely town full of history and charm.
Well, the roadtrip to Portugal includes many nice towns and cities than are worth a visit: like Mérida, Trujillo, etc.
But, as the point of this website is for you to write as much as possible I´ll just say a few things about Lisbon and let you do all the writing.
Lisbon is more ellegant than Oporto, but it shares with it a certain decadent beauty, as if in some parts of the city time had stopped many years ago. I´d recommend you to walk extensively in the "Barrio de Alfama", the "Barrio Alto" is also quite nice and you have to attend a fado show at dinner time, but the other part of the city (Alfama) is more picturesque and you have superb views from the different viewpoints. Alfama wasn´t rebuilt after the tragic earthquake in the grid-iron pattern used for the other parts of the town, which tend to be too alike. In that quarter (Alfama) you have to visit the castle, especially at sunset, and also the Pantheon and San Vicente Church, which is mysterious because parts of it are abandoned and you have very nice corridors and patios. If you you have time you should take the train from the lovely station right in the city centre and travel (30 min I think) to Sintra, which is wonderful.
And the Pessoa café is a must, mostly because of its delicious "queijadas". And you can´t miss either "Belem´s tower" and the "Jeronimos´Monastery", two masterpieces which are the only buildings that remained intact after the tragic earthquake that devastated the city in the 18th century. And don´t forget to take with you a Pessoa anthology, you´ll find great poems there!
http://www.lisbon-guide.info/

AND CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE:

http://www.wondersoftheworld.tv






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Happy new year everybody! the 1st of January is tradicional in Canals, my town to start standing the bonfire in honor of San Antonio Abad.We can boast of having the highest one in the world!.It appears in the Guiness record book and it has reached 17 meters high.An orange canopy is always put on the top.The day of putting stand the pine tree is common to celebrate an event in which everyone is invited to taste the delicious sweet potato,coconut cakes and the ancestral mistela drink.The building of the bonfire is going to last until almost the eve of burning the 16th of January.Come and enjoy the exciting moment in wich our bonfire is set on fire,it's really moving!.There are a lot of myths about the bonfire, all related to the fate.Since I was a child my family and I have gone to admire the perfect cono of the lovely bonfire while we're smelling its characteristic aroma of the mountain and saying goodby,until next year.
Nice tradition! It´d be great to have a picture of the bonfire when it´s burning! The square is really nice!

Hi Mariam the bonfire looks stunning and enormous!! I imagine that all branches on the floor belong to the trees which are on the background. Do they give away and every gang does their own little bonfire or what they do with them? Could you tell us some myth related to the party?
Hi Gloria! the branches wich you see on the floor were to wear the bonfire as you will have seen in the folder.About the mith,the most typical is that if you go round the bonfire for three times you're going to get a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Cool!! Thaks for the clarifications. I had the opportunity to see the bonfire on TV and is as huge as it seems.

Cocentaina fair

Hi everybody! I recommend you to visit this weekend the Cocentaina fair.It is a playful and a commercial event which is worth visiting.Moreover,it is the second oldest fair from Spain.Like I said before,the tradition is to celebrate during All Saints'Day(from 1st to 3rd of November,more than 600.000 visitors in 90.000 square metres.

The fair is divided in three areas:
The first one and most important is the tradicional farm machinery, where you'll enjoy seeing the most up to date cars, motorbikes and lorries.You can get on a fashion motorbike and to take a photo,it is so funny and a fantastic souvenir!.

The second one is the medieval market:
Going into this area inmediately takes you back in time. The medieval wardrobe which is worn by street traders,the evocative smells of curative herbs,hot chocolate,craft candels.....Moreover,we can delight in looking at juggling acts,there is also one part of this area devoted to birds of prey. there, we 'll be able to admire powerful falcons,majestic golden eagle,etc.On the other hand,it is the horse part,where we 'll be able to observe ponies,donkeys,etc.This area is always captivating for children and adults!.Last but not least about this area is that we are going to find a really fascinating fair with wood merry-go-rounds similar to those of several years ago when children enjoyed themselves.

The third one is subdivided in two parts:The gastronomic fair and the toys fair.
In the gastronomic fair,we'll appreciate thre delicious tastes of the typical food and drink from Albaida valley and in the second part children 'll be very,very happy to see a lot of toys!!.

Finally,a few warning and some advice:

It's a good idea to take a map of the fair
Don't forget to take some warm clothes,in Cocentaina it is usually cold.
If I were you,I'd avoid the rush hour to go there, around (from 6.30 to 7.30).Because of the traffic jam at Cocentaina entry.
Don't worry too much about the parking lot.They usually convert several areas to be used for parking in this event.

Well,that's all,I hope you enjoy a lot!! and please if it possible,tell me about your experience,ok?





Hi!Do you know "Rototom Sunsplash"?

It´s a music festival that was born in 1994, today it´s consedered one of the most massive and important festivals in Europe. It´s famous for reggae music, but during the festival there are many activities like lectures, artistics initiatives, class of dance, intercultural events, etc.Rototom festival was created in Italy, but now is in Benicássim, just a few km north of Castellón.I adviced you visit this page:

http://www.rototomsunsplash.com/




Battle of Almansa, something between festivity and culture



Hello, last tuesday some classmates asked for the next celebration about the "International Recreation of the Battle of Almansa".

The Battle of Almansa took place during the international conflict of the War of Spanish Succession. It wasn't a decisive battle, but was important for the war because the Borbon's troops could win importants places in Valencia.

Now the celebration of the battle has a main point that is "know the history and the culture of Europe".

You can find more information about it in

http://almansa2007.usuarios.tvalmansa.com/





Saint Isidro



For more information, use these links:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiestasdeyecla/sets/


http://sanisidroyecla.blogspot.com/



As an agricultural city, Yecla celebrates this festival to Saint Isidro Labrador.


From my point of view, this is the best festival that we have in my city for different reasons:


The first is that around 3.000 people take place on it and people who live in another cities come here in order to spend the Saturday afternoon with us.


Another reason is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. But if you want to win the first price in the cavalcade, you have to spend a lot of money and a lot of time too.


GROUPS:


Around 63 groups take part in this festival. Their names are related to the field or typical words that are often said in Yecla. Like “pue” or “ribazo”.


As we can see in the video, the women use to wear a black neck-piece and apron, a white shirt and a striped skirt. They put on their heads a couple of flowers too.


On the other hand, men use to wear a white shirt, a red sash and black trousers.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4aCgM2P83A


During the preparation of the float they made a lot of activities, for instance, they spend a day in the countryside making gachasmigas, paellas or games.


Other groups organize parties in their locals.


Many groups rent a local or a factory in order to make the floats.


THURSDAY:


The refreshment stalls are built by some groups where they organize dinners or they only go there and have something to drink.


Some groups give you some snacks or a drink and you don’t have to pay for it. But if they don’t do this, you have to go to the public refreshment stall and buy whatever you want.


At the same time you can listen to music because the town hall organizes some concerts in this area.


FRIDAY: public holiday


Last year was the second time that we had this Friday as public holiday. It was due to that people who organize the festival wanted to do more things but it was impossible because people had to work this day.


In the morning we have the gachasmigas competition. Groups and other people can participate in this activity.


The only things that you have to bring there are the objects to do the gachasmigas.


If you want to do them you have to follow these instructions:

- Fry the garlics.

- Put the flour and the water.

- Remove until the paste gets golden.


Later, big paella is cooked at the same place where the refreshments stall are. You can to there and buy a ticket which contains a drink and a portion of paella.


In the afternoon, Saint Maria de la Cabeza and Saint Isidro are moved from de Church of Saint Barbara to the town hall with the groups and the music bands. Before this, a big fire is made in the street.


SATURDAY:


This is the most important day.


In the morning, there are two activities we can do.


We can go to the medieval market where people are dressed like medieval period.


The other things that we can visit are the floats. This is an interesting activity because you can guess or bet what is the float that is going to win at the same time that you can see all the details of them and the techniques that it has.


During the morning, the monuments are evaluated because the judges have to give them a prize when the cavalcade goes through the streets.

FLOATS:


The floats are made by the members of the group at weekends or in their free time. The work starts in January and finishes in May.


The floats are made on a structure of different materials such as wood, iron or cartoons.


While some people are making the structure, other people do that we called “papelicos”. The “papelicos” are made with different colors of silk paper. It has the shape of a cone.


Then the structure is recovered and put on the tractor.

Some floats can be 5.50 m high.


SATURDAY:


The cavalcade starts with the queen and old carriages.


The groups give you some small bags of nuts, beans or they give you wine.


You can have the same things in the tables that people put in front of their houses without paying.


SUNDAY:


There is the offering. People give meal instead of flowers in this offering for example rice and sugar. Then this meal is given to the old people’s home.