The Eve Of The New Year (2014)

We each have our 12 grapes ready to go and the fireworks have been booming here and there all night.
Happy New Year from Wagoners Abroad in SpainWe were going to go out tonight, but just decided to stay home. We have a spectacular view of the full town and sea right from our terrace.

So we should have a great view of the fireworks and festivities. Last year, we enjoyed everything at the town plaza. We will share photos, if we get some good ones. The kids are so excited.

Create A Lasting Experience For The Holidays

Wow it is November already, I can’t believe how time flies!  I know everyone is starting to get ready for the Holidays.  When we were in London last week, the Christmas street decorations were going up and the store front windows were being decorated.  In many homes, the menu planning has begun.  I can just picture it with the traditional slow roasted turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, yams, veggies, freshly baked bread and pumpkin pie.  Oh all of that sounds so good.  As far as we know, there is no pumpkin pie in our little part of Spain.  I sure does sound yummy though.  So what do we do to get our minds off of the holiday comfort food that we won’t likely find in Spain?  We plan travel of course. Continue reading

Grand Finale of Christmas in Spain -Dia de Los Reyes

In Spain the Holiday Season doesn’t end with New Years.  In fact, many of the locals were most excited about January 6th, Dia de Los Reyes (Day of the Kings).  It seems this is the Grand Finale to the Christmas season, or the end of the 12 Days of Christmas.  The night of the 5th, children leave out their shoes.  When they awake the morning of the 6th, they find presents from the Three Kings.   Continue reading

Holiday Traditions, Even When You Travel – Paris!

Growing up in a family with 6 kids, I loved our Holiday Traditions.  It was time for the family to be together play games and eat good food.  We would set the table with the best dishes in the house and wait hours to have our holiday meal. Continue reading

What is a “Must” for places to see in Paris?

Of all the places to see in Paris, what is a must?  Well, if you’re like Anya, it’s the Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel).  Even before we moved to Spain, she was talking about how she wanted to go to France, and visit the Eiffel Tower.  As you know, we spent the Christmas holiday in Paris with my mom.  There was a lot of walking involved, but Paris is truly a beautiful city. Heidi and I first visited on our 1 year wedding Anniversary and were forever touched by Paris the city of love.

Places to see in Paris - Eiffel Tower

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Happy New Year from Almuñecar, Spain

Our preparations for New Years Eve in Almuñécar, Spain

Our preparations for New Years Eve in Almuñécar, Spain

A few days ago we returned from a wonderful trip to Paris.  Now what should we do for New Years Eve?  I did a little research on-line and read that the town of Almuñécar hosts a party in the main town square, just in front of the Town Hall.  Our research also included a little asking around and found out about the Spanish traditions on New Years Eve. Continue reading

A Magical Christmas in Paris

While living in Spain, we want to be sure we can see as much of Europe as we can.  We usually take advantage of school holidays to take a trip.  This holiday was time to meet up with Grandma and spend our Christmas in Paris.  We had a full week to enjoy the city and fall in love with it all over again (Alan and I) or for the first time.

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Spanish Holidays and an Unexpected Surprise

It has been a long weekend here celebrating Spanish Holidays.

  • Thursday was a national Spanish holiday, Día de la Constitución (Constitution Day)
  • Friday, the kids were off from school
  • Saturday was another national Spanish holiday celebrating La Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception)

Sunday’s are usually quiet.  Heidi ran across an article which described a quaint Christmas Market at a mansion in the hills very close to Almuñécar.  So, we decided to take a mini road trip through Costa Tropical.  The palace is called Palacete de Cazulas (Cazulas Mansion).  It’s a swanky country residence with beautiful grounds and chapel. Continue reading

We Are So Lucky! and That’s No Bull

We are an incredibly lucky family!  I’ll get to the details in a bit, but while we’re in Cave Land (Heidi’s post), we thought we would check out the area.  It’s Friday, and today is Fiesta Nacional de España.  In the U.S., it’s called Columbus Day.  While a national holiday, we had been told that there wasn’t much in the way of local celebrations.
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