The Three Kings on La Palma

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January 5, 2017

Gaspar visiting Santa Cruz de la Palma Although Father Christmas does visit Spanish children, he’s a new arrival. Traditionally the presents arrive on the morning of January 6th, when the three kings visit baby Jesus. This is why the sales haven’t really started yet – Christmas isn’t over here. And on the evening of the 5th, they ride in procession through most of the major towns and villages in Spain….

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Nativity Scenes in the Canaries

Christmas trees are a comparatively new thing here, although probably most houses have one now. The main traditional decoration is nativity scenes. Some just show the stable, but some public ones are so elaborate that they include the whole village, and it’s always a Canarian village. Obviously that’s historically inaccurate, but no more so than all the English nativity scenes where Mary and Jesus are blond. This one was on…

December 26, 2016
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Art Exhibition in Santa Cruz

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September 9, 2016

Mariana Arranz has an exhibition in Santa Cruz, on the Calle Real until the 15th (Thursday). It’s rather good, and I recommend that you go and see it. I particularly like the portraits (and she takes commissions).

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Easter Processions in Santa Cruz de La Palma and Los Llanos

It’s Holy Week, and in this Catholic country, a lot of people take it very seriously. The bigger churches hold processions, which look very exotic to my English eyes. Do try to see at least one.   It’s not so much that they take the obviously-heavy statues along the street – most churches do that on the respective saint’s days. It’s the costumes. They remind me of the Klu Klux…

March 23, 2016
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Carnival!

The poster for Carnival in Santa Cruz de La Palma
February 8, 2016

 UPDATE: Correct date for the 60s wedding Sorry for the gap in posting. I’ve had flu, so I missed the start of Carnival. Here’s the program for Santa Cruz: The rest of the program is HERE. And here’s the program for Los Llanos:   Other dates worth noting: Los Sauces will hold the 60s wedding on Sunday 14th at 6pm. and the sardine’s funeral on Saturday 20th at 9:30 pm.

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The Famous Balconies

The famous sea-front balconies in Santa Cruz de la Palma
December 9, 2015

These are the famous sea-front balconies in Santa Cruz de la Palma. Actually these are the backs of the houses: the fronts look onto the Calle Real. When I first came to the island in 1990, the woodwork was all green and the plaster all white. For the town’s 500th anniversay, in 1993, the whole lot disappeared behind acres of black plastic sheeting for weeks while they were repainted in…

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