La Crida, the opening of Fallas 2019

The Crida is the opening ceremony of Fallas.   Here is a good video of the one hour program.    There are lots of nice light effects on the towers. The impressive although very short fire boomies start around 50′. You can skip forward wherever you like, especially if you want to avoid the speeches in Valenciano.  There … Read moreLa Crida, the opening of Fallas 2019

Tapas With Friends

In a bar in Cabañal having tapas with Ximo and Andea.  They are great company.  We tried an array of unusual tapas, thanks to Ximo’s excellent suggestions.  Superb local wine.  I had a great time with them in May, sometimes in bar and sometimes at Ximo’s place.   Cabañal is on the edge of Valencia, Spain … Read moreTapas With Friends

Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is a major tourist destination for beach goers in the millions.  Germans, Russians, even the Spanish come here to luxuriate in the the beach resorts that line vast sections of the island’s coast.  But for a more serious tourist there is art, architecture and history, plus a neat one hour train to … Read morePalma de Mallorca

Paintings and drawings from Aranjuez, location of the Summer Palace | Aranjuez water color painting

At Aranjuez, detail

I did these small paintings at Aranjuez, Spain.  The Summer Palace of Spain is located there.  I wrote a bit about Aranjuez at http://www.garyjkirkpatrick.com/aranjuez-the-summer-palace-of-the-spanish-royalty/   A fall scene at Aranjuez:                     At Aranjuez is the same scene as Carmen at Aranjuez.  But there is no railing separating … Read morePaintings and drawings from Aranjuez, location of the Summer Palace | Aranjuez water color painting

Aranjuez, the summer palace of the Spanish royalty | Summer Palace Aranjuez, Spain

Palcio de Sivela, Aranjuez

Aranjuez is just south of Madrid and home to the summer palace.  It was built in the second half of the 16th century under Phillip II.  The town was originally inhabited only by the court but now is a small but vibrant town dominated by the tourists who visit the palace. The main entrance is … Read moreAranjuez, the summer palace of the Spanish royalty | Summer Palace Aranjuez, Spain