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Autumn has arrived here in the Med. Temperatures have dropped nicely when I say nicely I mean not too much but definitely Autumn style. I even heard the crisp crackle of leaves under my feet as I trod on them walking along the road yesterday. It is a good job I go for a walk at a time when there are not too many people about otherwise they'd probably think that nicely aged lady who is treading from leaf to leaf just to hear them crackle has definitely lost it!
I am so looking forward to going up into the mountains for a trek as we can get the full Autumn experience up there.
Looking at Halloween here in Spain.
Although the American style Halloween is celebrated somewhat at the schools here where the children and teachers dress up and decorate their classrooms, Trick or Treat has not caught on as yet. The Spanish celebrate this time of the year differently. On 31st October and the 1st November "Dia de todos los Santos" (All Saints Day) they mostly do so by honouring and caring for the deceased members of their families. The 1st November is an important national public holiday here where people return to their towns or villages to lay flowers on their loved ones graves. It is also traditional to go and buy special sweets and pastries that are made during this time.There are many different types depending on the region but two of the most popular are "Huesos de santos" and "Buñelos de viento".
Huesos de Santos (Saints' bones) :
Little rolls of marzipan with a custard cream filling. Sweet, sweet almond joy for some but excessively sweet for my liking.
Buñelos de viento (choux puffs) :
Fried dough puffs filled with cream or chocolate. As always very sweet! I like the cream ones once I have scraped off the extra sugar coating.
PART ONE. Warning photo heavy!
Inland Orihuela; the ecclesiastical city.
Orihuela, still within the Alicante province, is just under an hour from Alicante City. There have been settlements there since before Roman times. This city has seen Phoenicians, Iberians, Romans and Vikings. It became part of Muslim Spain up until the Middle Ages and later Christian. It is a small city steeped in history, which ever way you turn there is something to see. Last Monday being a fiesta day was a good day to go to Orihuela. The cemeteries were packed as is the custom on the 1st November but the City and Historical centre was relatively empty. Nearly everyone was at the cemeteries so we avoided those roads and the enormous queues of cars trying to gain access and parked near to the city centre.
Glory be! There were parking spaces there in the centre which is not the norm!
It is a place where photographs are a must... DOORS predominately!😀
Just before you take the tunnel into Orihuela you pass this huge sentinel on your right which towers over everything at the entrance to the city
On the left the palm groves in the distance
On our way to the historical centre of the city
Beautiful antique ceramic tiles on the bottom of this balcony
Crossing the River Segura which runs through the centre of the city
The very same river, much much wider in those days, that the Vikings sailed up in the 9th century to attack Orihuela Fort, loot and take prisoners and then leave as quickly as they came.
Fabulous door! The Episcopal palace and former residence of the Bishops of Orihuela
The Diocesan Museum of Religious Art
We didn't go in as we had been there before.
Impressive... Our Saviour and Santa Maria Cathedral built in the 13th century over a Moorish mosque mostly in the Gothic style.
The Door of the Chains.
Very gothic! I still haven't found out why it is called "Door of the Chains"
I was actually able to get into the cathedral and allowed to take photographs before the mass but I am leaving all those photographs for my post next week.
Can you see who was watching us from above?
I have finished a make but it is a Christmas gift and the person I shall be sending it to this month reads my blog so I can't show it off on here as yet.😞
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