Spooky Alhambra

Alhambra, the old Moorish fortress atop a mountain in Granada, is spooky, especially at night. Many tales have been spun about the specters that haunt this last stronghold of Al-Andalus, a territory once occupied by an almost mythical Muslim civilization. Washington Irving, an American author and traveler, visited the ruins of the Alhambra in the early 19th century and gathered stories that the local residents told him about the mysterious sightings that tend to occur in and around this former place of power and glory.

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Christmas in the Canary Islands

It is always a pleasure in the countdown to December 25th to steal a glimpse at how Christmas is celebrated  in different nooks and corners of Spain. Hands down the most spectacular thing that happens in the Canary Islands around the festive season (and one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen) is the Sand Nativity scene of Las Canteras (Belén de Arena de Las Canteras). It is both grandiose and fragile, simple and awe-inspiring. If you are in Gran Canaria during this time of year, it's well worth the visit.

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Launching The Espadrille

Have you ever celebrated something by "launching the espadrille"? People in Spain never cease to surprise me with the things they get up to, including this yearly espadrille launching festival, celebrated in the Cervera village of La Rioja. If I've learned anything in my four years of writing the Spanishoegallery Blog (it is hard to believe, but the blog is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year), it's that Spanish shoe makers know a thing or two about people and about happiness.

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Celebrating Christmas the Spanish Way

Celebrating Christmas in Spain has its special touches. From the busy Christmas markets of Spain's major towns to the solitude of a remote medieval village, you can soak up plenty of genuine Christmas spirit with a quirky Spanish flavour.

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The Spanish Rose

Have you heard the expression the "Spanish Rose"? It usually refers to a typical Spanish beauty. Of course, typical Spanish beauties only wear Spanish shoes. Whether you are in a relationship, dating, or single, it is a truth universally acknowledged that shoes are the best gift for a woman on Valentine's.

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Three Magic Kings

It's time to get your list ready for the Three Magic Kings! So, traditionally, on this blog I put my own list together, if only to really determine what it is that I really, really want (pardon the pun). Of course, I only blog about things that I consider worthy of notice, but I post for many people, with different tastes, not only my own. The following list represents my own personal taste (all Made in Spain, of course).

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Dance The Night Away

New Year's Eve, or Sylvester Night as many know it in Europe, is tomorrow. On this occasion I wanted to leave all the readers and visitors of the Spanishoegallery Blog with something light, frilly, and fun, like this avarca sandal made by Alpargatitas.

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Merry Christmas the Leonese Way

The night of peace, suddenly so much more meaningful and truly desired right now in the world, is upon us again. The Ramo Leonés is an ancient Christmas tradition of the area that is now the province of León in northwestern Spain.

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Spooky Forest

Happy Halloween to all Spanishoegallery Blog readers with this picture of a mysterious forest, courtesy of www.mundo-geo.es and our blog's art director and illustrator, Sasha Naumov, who added just a touch of spookiness to the picture of this real-life enchanted forest.

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The Spanishoegallery Blog is TWO YEARS OLD! This has been a great year - here are some highlights. We've introduced a great Barcelona-based brand Deux Souliers, time-tested Mallorca-based Lottusse and Barrats 1890, Elda-based Paco Herrero and Paco Gil, Homers (and Argila), the perfect blend of luxury and comfort from Menorca, AGARE, a quality casual footwear maker from the Zaragoza area, and Wappi, a brand that wants to shake up the ballerina flat market by allowing you to create your own while attracting attention to women-friendly causes.

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