Well, folks, Easter week (“Semana Santa” in Spanish / Setmana Santa in Catalán) is upon us again. Easter is the biggest religious festival of the year in the Christian calendar and is celebrated with particular fervour in Spain. In fact, Semana Santa has already started with Palm Sunday (25/03) and here in Catalunya, they have a tradition of wearing something new to mark the day. They even have a proverb that goes: “On Palm Sunday if you don’t wear something new your hands will fall off”! Continue reading “Semana Santa”
Have you ever wondered why our stretch of the Costa Brava doesn’t have a train service? Did you know that it once did? For almost 70 years, between 1887 and 1956, there was a train that ran along 63km of track between Palamós, Flaça, Girona and Banyoles. The first 33km section from Palamós to Flaça started operating in 1887. Continue reading “Railways in Girona; Past and Present”
My name is Eric Kakebeen. I have lived in Hong Kong for almost three years now as director of a chocolate company that produces chocolate for chefs and patissiers. For over 20 years I have been visiting the Empordà region and have owned a house in Calonge for 5 years now. I am a very frequent diner in the restaurants and bistros in Empordà. Continue reading “Kakos Kitchen by Eric Kakebeen”
As most of you probably know St. Patrick’s Day, or Lá Fhéile Phadraig, the 17th of March, is the national day of Ireland. “What’s that got to do with the rest of us?” you might ask… Well, as the Americans say, on Paddy’s Day everyone is a little bit Irish! And the Americans would know! St. Patrick’s Day has been observed in the U.S. since 1737 in Boston and in New York since 1762, and the oldest and biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world has been taking place in New York City since 1766 – long before there was ever any parade in Ireland itself! These days Paddy’s Day festivities are held all over Europe and North America and every other continent bar Antarctica.