A procession of piety during Holy Week (Semana Santa) along Calle Larga, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Easter Holy Week Processions in Spain, This Year of Corona Virus?

Today marks the beginning of Easter. And you've guessed it! There are NO Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations this year in Spain (or anywhere else for that matter). Although mortality rates have fallen (thank God, Allah, Gaia and the Big Happy Buddha!), we are still on coronavirus lockdown. Since all is quiet on our west … Continue reading Easter Holy Week Processions in Spain, This Year of Corona Virus?

Flamenco festival de Jerez. What to do in Jerez (Dia de Andalucia weekend)?

Visit Jerez during the long weekend of Dia de Andalucia (28 February) or Day of Andalucia and you will have several FREE and FUN things to do for the entire family, many are related to flamenco. This is the day when the people of this region in southern Spain voted to make Andalusia an autonomous … Continue reading Flamenco festival de Jerez. What to do in Jerez (Dia de Andalucia weekend)?

Advent in Spain † Religious Procession 🎵 Marching Band – Video

Are you religious or culturally curious?  Here is a 6-minute video of an interesting religious procession on the first day of advent in Spain. . . Church bells ring and the procession begins with a heavy statue of Mary on a float at the lead of a full marching band.  There are about 50-penitent men … Continue reading Advent in Spain † Religious Procession 🎵 Marching Band – Video

Jerez in November: Where to See FREE Flamenco Shows

The best time to visit Jerez, whether you are a flamenco die-hard or culturally curious, is in autumn, specifically in the month of November. Not only is November 16th the International Day of Flamenco, this month is FULL of authentic FREE FLAMENCO PURO (for the flamenco purists) in Barrios San Miguel, Santiago and San Mateo--neighborhoods … Continue reading Jerez in November: Where to See FREE Flamenco Shows

November Month of the Dead in Jerez; Here’s what to do with kids for Halloween Festivities and Beyond

"Noviembre es el mes de los muertos en España," my Spanish teacher writes. . . And the day of the dead: "Happy Halloween" has crept into this little-big village of ours, Jerez de la Frontera. It doesn't happen everywhere in the city. But it's there nonetheless. So don't be shocked if you see children (and … Continue reading November Month of the Dead in Jerez; Here’s what to do with kids for Halloween Festivities and Beyond

Jerez in November: What To Do and Where to See FREE Flamenco Shows

The best time to see FREE and authentic flamenco performance in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz), for me, is in the fall. Why? Simply, it's not as hot as in the summer and not as heavily populated by flamenco-tourists as other times, as I wrote in What to Do and Where to See FREE Flamenco … Continue reading Jerez in November: What To Do and Where to See FREE Flamenco Shows

Flamenco in Jerez for Foreigners: Manuel de la Tomasa

Bombastic. In one word, that was Manuel de la Tomasa's outstanding performance at Peña Flamenca (PF) Tio Jose de Paula on the second Saturday of its 35th Otono Flamenco--of FREE authentic flamenco (puro) recitals in October in Jerez de la Frontera. This year's shows are dedicated to Don Antonio Chacón García who was born 150 … Continue reading Flamenco in Jerez for Foreigners: Manuel de la Tomasa