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T.G.I.F: Boat trip in Cadiz

2 Nov

Every Friday, celebrating that the weekend comes, we are going to introduce you to alternative and original spots and locations in Spain to enjoy during the weekend.

It seems that we are having the last warm days before winter, so today could be a perfect day to visit El Puerto de Santa María and Cádiz, and to enjoy a beautiful boat trip between the cities.

Cádiz Bay lives very close to the sea and works as a guiding thread, essential to understand people and towns of the Europe’s south peak.

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The spanish Snow White

9 Oct

We don’t know why but the old and famous story of Snow White is extremely popular this year. Hollywood studios have already released two very different takes on the story this year alone (and we didn’t like them so much, truth should be said).

Now, directly from Spain comes likely the most surreal and risky interpretation of the story in the film: ‘Blancanieves’. We love the synopsis from the film’s website:

BLANCANIEVES is a gothic melodrama inspired by the Brothers´ Grimm tale. Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never met her mother, and she grew up being hated by her evil stepmother. She learned her father’s art, a famous bullfighter, and one day she ran away to become a legend. Set in 1920s south of Spain, BLANCANIEVES is a tribute to silent films.

We have to admit that we LOVED the movie. We felt touched and fascinated with this free version of the story. For us, the main factors of this success are the following:

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tripNETer’s favourite spanish movies – Top 5 list!

16 Aug

Long time ago we promised you a post about spanish movies.  Spain has marvelous movies to offer, performers and directors, that show us cool places all over Spain.

The list below comprehends just 5 of our favourite movies. Just a taste of what Spanish cinema can evoke:  images of passion, colour, and a visual veracity in such great places all over Spain:

5) La comunidad 

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Spain is different (Flamenco way of protest)

26 Jun

From childhood I’ve grown with the statement: ‘Spain is different’.

Throughout my life I’ve interpreted it in several ways. Most of the times in the wrong way, but raising a half-smile of proud resignation. The same way that a mother looks at his most friendly but helpless son.

An unemployment rate of almost 25%. Until 100.000 million financial rescue. But full terraces on the streets and with different and very ironic ways of accepting the current situation. Check out this funny example:

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Hollywood also loves Spain

11 Jun

Sundays are for us Movie-Days. We love going to the cinema and forgetting about the upcoming monday between frames and popcorn, or just stay at home and choose the perfect movie.

So yesterday we began to remember some Hollywood scenes or movies that have been shot in Spain. We remember these, but we are sure there are many more:

1. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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So long and thanks for all the fish (A dolphin’s Tale)

5 Jun

One of our All-time-favourite songs is ‘So long and thanks for all the fish’. We discover it in the opening of “A hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” (best part of the movie from far). This marvelous song tell us the terrible story of how dolphins fleed from planet Earth because of an upcoming crisis.

Everyday we read at the newspapers lots of bad news of spanish financial situation, and our great fear is that dolphins leave us too!!. That would be just too bad.

Sing with us!:

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Carnaval de Cadiz

29 Jan

Cádiz is a city that is always beautiful to visit, but maybe a perfect timing for this visit is between the 16th to 25th February. That’s when the Carnaval de Cadiz takes place. That’s when Cádiz gets crazy.

It is a widely-held opinion that the city of Cádiz is blessed with the wittiest people in Spain, so it is not surprising that the main characteristics of the carnival in Cádiz are the acerbic  criticisms, the droll plays on words, stinging sarcasm, and the irreverence of parody. While some carnivals, elsewhere in the world, stress the spectacular, the glamorous, or the scandalous in costumes, Cádiz distinguishes itself with the sheer cleverness and fertile imagination of its carnival attire. It is traditional to paint the face as a humble substitute for a mask.

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Spanish Gastronomy: Pescaíto Frito

23 Dec

Pescaíto Frito (fried fish) is a traditional fish dish originated during the 16th century in Spain and Portugal.The deep-frying of the fish in vegetable oil makes it crisp and light even when eaten cold, and it is a favourite dish of south spaniards.

There is a general belief that pescaito frito was possibly an inspiration for the English fish and chips.

Pescaito frito is usually eaten at chiringuitos, little restaurants at the beach, and a very popular pescaito frito chiringuito is Romerijo, at El Puerto de Santa Maria.

For a gastronomical trip, take a tripNETer mobile router with you so you can see the restaurant reviews on the way.

 

 

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

7 Dec

The Alhambra, is a palace and fortress complex located in the Granada, AndalusiaSpain. It was constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada.

The Alhambra’s Moorish palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista(reconquest) by the Reyes Católicos (“Catholic Monarchs”) in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was “discovered” in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well knownIslamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for many songs and stories.

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Andalucia: Bahia de Cadiz Natural Park

20 Nov

Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park is a natural park located in the province of Cádiz (Andalusia, Spain)

The 100 km² park, located at the mouth of the Guadalete river, consists of marshland, beaches, reed and sand dunes. It has many types of shrubs and bushes, and ocean pine.

Atardecer sobre la Bah�a de Cádiz

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