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A city within walls: Ávila, Spain
By David J. Dávila
Prior to the unification of Spain, under the Catholic Kings Isabella and Fernando, the Iberian Peninsula was a land of distinctive kingdoms, civilizations, languages, and religions. Ávila is one of Spain’s oldest cities, and it was the first to fully convert to Catholicism. The city is located in the region of Castilla y León, just about an hour northwest of Madrid.
The city’s great walls welcome tourists from a far. The walls were built during the eleventh and twelfth century to protect the city from the Muslim Moors. It is one of the world’s most well preserved ancient walls, and tourists are free to walk, climb, or hick its1.5 mile circumference.
While in Ávila be sure to dine at Meson del Rastro, and don’t order anything other then the meat. The restaurant is located inside the city walls, and it’s within the Plaza del Rastro, or Rastro Square. Castilian dishes most ordered at the Meson del Rastro are Castilian Soup, El enbutido—stuffed sausage with loin pot—and Ávila Calf. Meals range from $30 to $35 per person.
The city of Ávila reached its glory days during the middle ages, and the best time to visit the city is in September during the cities Medieval Carnivals. During the cities carnival 55,000 of the cities inhabitants fill the streets dressed in medieval clothing. Shops and markets are open to the public selling peculiar novelties of the time period. Folkloric dancers parade the streets, and medieval archery and fencing competitions are held.
One-night hotel arrangements in Ávila may range from $30 to $45 a night. Multiple hotels are situated within the old city and on the outskirts of the city walls and entrances. Once in Ávila everything is within walking distance, from museums, castles, palaces, cathedrals, and boutiques. Traveling through Spain is best by car, bus, or train. Ávila’s bus and train stations are about 10 to 15 minutes away from the city’s main square by foot.
The Way of St. James
By David J. Dávila
Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, Spain
With the naming of a new Pope earlier this week, Rome and the Vatican drawing many faithful Catholics, this Holy Week perhaps take a less overwhelming, but equally as exciting trip to the beautiful countryside of Galicia, Spain. The Way of St. James is an equally significant pilgrimage to Catholics, after Rome and Jerusalem. The Way of St. James draws not only believers in the faith, but also thousands of different people from many different walks of life each year. The journey is one of soul searching, physical strength, and adventure.
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
The city of Santiago de Compostela is one of Spain’s most visited cities and it’s said that the remains of the Apostil James rest inside the city’s cathedral. In the 10 Century, the Way of St. James served as the linking vertebrae that connected the Iberian Peninsula to the rest of Europe, both in communication and in economic exchange. The beautiful green mountainous panorama of Galicia greets every sojourner walking on its path. Young university students backpack across Europe until they finally arrive to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Panorama on the Way of St. James
The journey passes through a plethora of culturally distinctive cities, with over 100 individual routes that lead to Santiago de Compostela. By tradition travelers begin the journey in the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France. The trip may last from 26 days to two years, depending on the traveler’s journey. Most commonly, hikers travel by bicycle, and complete the journey in two weeks. Convenient hostels at relatively cheap prices have been strategically placed on the route to Santiago de Compostela.
If your a devoted Catholic, or simply up for adventure, meeting new cultures, people, and like a good challenge, then the Way of St. James is the perfect get away this Holy Week.
Map and routes of the Way of St. James
City of Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Dávila’s visit to Santiago de Compostela
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Ya a ver este trailer me apetece un mogollón ver esta peli. Me parece genial. La película estrena el actor Mario Casas de la serie El Barco. Se ve muy bien.
Pues faltan cuatro días hasta que se den los premios Goya. El domingo 17 de febrero se daran los premios españoles a los actores, actrices, directores, productores de la películas y cine español. Sera la 27 edición de los premios espero que os guste los videos y enlaces de las nominaciones.
Los grandes favoritas:
Con 18 nominaciones Blancanieve
Con 16 nominaciones Grupo 7
Con 14 nominaciones Lo Imposible
Con 13 nominaciones El artista y la modelo
Un video de la cantante Laura Gallego.
— Antonio Gala