Archive for June, 2009

Feria de San Antonio in Chiclana.

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

 

 

The San Antonio festivities, “la feria de San Antonio” take place around June 13 , the Chiclana patron saint´s day.

Originally linked to an old cattle fair, nowadays that ´s a testimonial maner and San Antonio festivity has become the most representative festivity in town.

 

 

 

 These  four  colour days are celebrated with typical dresses, Sevillanas dancing, and with the Chiclana wine as an obliged taster in “casetas”, second homes for locals during feria.

 

 

  Casetas are the places where they dance, eat  local food and drink wine and chilled “rebujito” a  refreshing mixture of “manzanilla and Seven up or Sprite”, (Manzanilla is a white wine and “seven up or sprite” are the comercial name  for  soda drinks).

 

 A basic definition of the San Antonio fair would be : a big amount of tents and fairground attractions. Hapiness, colour, dancing….

The official schedule opens with a parade by the local music band. Once this concludes, the fair is officially inagurated by hoistings flags and the ” alumbrao” ,  switching on the special illumination of the ” Portada de la feria” that is  a big monumental door, specially designed for the festivity , the main entrance to the fairground.

The “paseo de caballos” (procession of horsemen and carriages) is a horses and beautifully-decorated carriages parade in shinig colours throughout the fairground, with their occupants in fantastic flamenco dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every evening bullfigths take place at the “Plaza de toros”.

The fair finishes at midnigth with a fireworks display.

Summer Spanish recipe

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Gazpacho.

Gazpacho is a cool , refreshing and flavorful start to a meal on a summer day.

Gazpacho is a cool soup and it can be eaten from a soup bowl or can be drank from a glass.

 

Prep. Time : 15 min.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Kg riped tomatoes.

1 green pepper.

1 cucumber.

1 red pepper.

2 slices of white bread.                                                                    

1/2 onion.

3 cloves of garlic.

Extra virgin oil, (not less than 7  tablespons).

Vine vinegar, ( not less than 3 tablespons).

Salt to taste.

Preparation:

Place all the ingredients in a mixer. Mix them until the mixture is smooth. ( All the ingredients maynot fit at one time, so you may have to fill the mixter several times).

Once it is completely mixed,  put it into a large bowl, cover and  kept it into fridge until serve.

Serve with the tomato, the cucumber, the pepper and toasted  bread cut into dices.

Serve chilled, somebody  even throw ice cubes in it when ready to eat.

Càdiz

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

 Cádiz is  one of the most ancient cities of Western Europe and has a culture that reflects its ancient history. It was founded by the ancient Phoenicians and originally known as Gadir.

 

 

 Cádiz´s roman theatre which was only discovered in 1980.It´s located in the area known as the Barrio del Pópulo, between the old Cathedral and the Arco the los Blancos. It is thought to have been built in the 1st century B.C. during the time of Julio Caesar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This city with a population about 140.000 p. is located at the end of a narrow peninsula that protudes into the bay of Cádiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

The construction of the Cathedral started in 1722 and ended in 1838.During construction it had 7 different artchitects , something which is reflected in its various styles. 

 

 

 The town hall, located in the Plaza de San Juan de Dios. It was built in 1799.

 

 

 

 

 Puerta Tierra is  part of the city wall with two fortifications, San Roque y Santa Elena, built in the 18th century. The city entrance  is in the middle of the wall.

 

 San Sebastián castle is a building located on the small island off la Caleta beach. It was built in 1706 as a fort to defend the northen side of the city.  Santa Catalina castle is a 17th century building built for defensive purposes to defend the northen side of la Caleta beach. It is now used as an exibition centre and concert hall.

Beaches. “La Caleta ” and “Cortadura” beaches.

 

 

 

Monument dedicated to the Cortes de Cádiz de 1812 (Cádiz Parliament), it´s located in the Plaza de España. Designed
 between 1912 and 1929. It consist of 2 bronze statueswhich represent peace and war and a central pillar where text of the first Spanish constitution is written.