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Cultural Crossroads

zaragoza semana santaSemana Santa in Spain: In a nighttime Holy Week procession, hooded penitents push a statue of the Virgen Mary past the mudéjar wall of Zaragoza’s La Seo Cathedral. Mudéjar architecture, with its distinct Islamic influence (note the geometric patterns), reached its zenith in Aragon, where buildings such as La Seo form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Garlike

Don Quixote warned his faithful companion Sancho Panza against eating garlic because his breath would betray him as a lowly farmer. But Sancho didn’t listen and neither did anybody else. (The Don was, after all, a little off his rocker.) Today, garlic is a foundation of the Mediterranean diet. In Zaragoza’s central market, above, a woman sells different varieties of garlic from across Spain. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Fiesta Special: 50% Off Jeans

Very few fiestas in Spain take place without vaquillas. (The English translation is heifer–young female cow.) But these are not your average cows. They belong to the same stock as fighting bulls and they are fast, agile, and charge after anything that gets close to them. They’re also extremely strong and they know the game–the vaquillas are not harmed, and they travel from fiesta to fiesta to reprise their roles. The idea is to get close to them without getting caught by them. Their horns are taped to Continue Reading →

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A Flowery Fiesta

Every October the Fiestas del Pilar are celebrated in Zaragoza for ten days. On the 12th, a parade of 400,000 people dressed in traditional costume wait their turn to show devotion to the Virgin del Pilar by leaving an offering of flowers. In the plaza outside the Basilica, the Virgin’s dress at the end of the day is decorated by some ten million blooms. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Eallyray Oldway Ineway

Little-known Cariñena, in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon, has been producing wine since Roman times, making it one of Spain’s oldest wine-growing regions. It’s common in Cariñena to see vines grown as individual plants. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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The Cranes in Spain

Gallocanta Lake in Aragon, just south of Zaragoza, is the single most important site for migrating cranes in Spain. At the height of the season, Gallocanta, which is an entirely rain-fed lake, boasts a winter population of some 20,000 cranes, though in some years it’s more than twice that number. Photo ©Mike Randolph

 

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Summer Storm in Los Monegros

A bruised sky brings some much-needed rain to Los Monegros, near Zaragoza. One of the least-populated areas in Spain, Los Monegros is often thought of as barren and worthless. But if you explore its empty backroads, you are often rewarded with moments of rare, if austere, beauty. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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