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Tagged With: Spain

No, That’s Not True, „Sobrino“ …

IT’S WRITTEN AGAIN AND AGAIN! That Madrid’s „Sobrino de Botin“ on Calle Cuchilleros in the La Latina district was founded in 1725, never closed, and is older than any other restaurant around the globe! People believe it, go there for exactly this assumption, the food is excellent, no reason to regret the visit – and … Weiterlesen »

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Neanderthals were different …

DUMB, BRU- TISH CREA- TURES THEY WERE, SO EVERY- BODY BELIE- VED – but then arche- ologists discovered remarkable paintings in three Spanish caves: a red linear motif in La Pasiega (Cantabria), a hand stencil in Maltravieso (Estremadura) and red-painted speleothems (mineral layers) in Areales (Andalucia). When the results of the uranium-thorium dating came back, … Weiterlesen »

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Absolutely Silly Question!

FORGIVE ME, I KNOW I SHOULDN’T ASK! But when I stood on Mt. Eden in the centre of Auckland, the biggest town of the Northern Island of New Zealand, the question came to me like a seagull: If I were to start drilling vertically into the ground, through the globe – where would I come … Weiterlesen »

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SPICES I Break The Boycott for Iranian Saffron!

OH, IT’S SO INCREDIBLE EXPENSIVE! Well, they harvest cheaper Saffron nowadays in Spain, there is even an international „Fake Trade“, but by far the best still comes from the Iranian province of Khorasan. Saffron from there will cost you ca. 5000 Euro or US$ 5500 per kilo (= 1000 grams). They produce 3 different kinds, called … Weiterlesen »

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ARCHITECTURE No Styrofoam In The Windows!

YES, I MADE THE MISTAKE! Visiting churches which were built between the years 500 and 1200 in Nor- thern Spain, Southern France and Italy, I couldn’t identify with what material the romanic and gothic windows were filled. Glass? Definitely not! Dirty or blind glass? Neither! What else could it be but styrofoam? Modern plastic material, … Weiterlesen »

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PEOPLE Yes, There Are Men With 12 Fingers …

WITH MY OWN EYES I HAVE SEEN TWO OF THIS SPECIES! One in a restaurant in Girona (Catalunya) and one on a plane to Tirana (Albania). Both were waiters, but when I met them, I didn’t see anything unusual. They had indeed six fingers on each hand, but they look natural, not-at-all deformed. If somebody … Weiterlesen »

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CURIOSITIES What Happens Around Llivia …

I KNOW, THERE ARE ENCLAVES ALL OVER THE GLOBE. But very few are a land-island, completely surrounded by another state or nation. Like Gibraltar, Melilla and Ceuta – they are harbors, open on one end, not in a „prison“. Well, I’v been to Campione, a veritable Italian enclave within Switzerland, and there is a Dutch … Weiterlesen »

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FILMS Collectors Corner

The professionals call them „Heralds“, for the ordinary people they are „Hand-outs“, distributed from roughly 1930 to 1970, to anvertise the arrival of new movies in cinemas all over the world. But even before the movie theaters died, these small examples of wonderful graphic art got extinct. Greed killed them – and television. They became … Weiterlesen »

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MUSIC In Praise of …

She was a Spanish composer and singer from Valencia und in 2013 she died suddenly. I had never heard her name, knew nothing about this remarkable woman; but when I drank a Cortado in a Cafe near the cathedral in Barcelona, this strange melody appeared in the air (let me put it this way), drilled … Weiterlesen »

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TREASURES Collectors Corner (No. 41)

It’s strange but they cultivated the art of the movie poster down there in Spain – in all sizes and longer than in any other country. For ages the film companies (and cinemas) employed artists to produces dramatic star images with brush und paint, and there were thousands of so called „Heralds“ or „Handouts“. That’s … Weiterlesen »

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