: Holidays in Spain

CuisineHolidays for Spain in 2006 are:
January 1 New Year's Day
January 5 Dia de la Toma
January 6 Epiphany
January 22 St. Vincent's Day (Valencia)
February 1 San Cecilio
February 28 Andalusia Day
March 19 St. Joseph's Day
April 4 Basque National Day
April 23 Aragon Day
April 23 Castilla y León Day
April 23 St. George's Day
May 1 Worker's Day
May 2 Dos de Mayo
May 15 San Isidro
May 17 Día das Letras Galegas
May 20 St. Ferdinand Day
May 30 Canary Islands Day
May 31 Dia de Castilla la Mancha
June 9 Dia de La Rioja
June 9 Murcia Autonomy Day
June 11 Our Lady of the Chapel
June 24 St. John's Day
June 29 St. Peter & St. Paul Day
July 7 Running of the Bulls
July 10 Death of El Cid
July 25 Galicia National Day
July 25 Santiago Day
July 25 St. James Day
August 3 Fiesta de la Colmena
August 10 St. Lawrence Day
August 15 Assumption Day
September 8 Dia de Asturias
September 8 Dia de Extremadura
September 8 Nuesta Senora de la Victoria
September 8 Virgen de la Cinta
September 8 Virgen de la Fuensanta
September 8 Virgen de la Pena
September 11 Catalan National Day
September 15 Nuestra Senora de la Bien Aparecida
September 24 Our Lady of Mercy
September 29 St. Michael's Day
October 7 Our Lady of the Rosary
October 7 Virgen del Rosario
October 9 Columbus Day
October 9 Dia de Communidad
October 12 Hispanity Day
November 1 All Saint's Day
November 9 Virgen de la Almudena
December 6 Constitution Day
December 8 Immaculate Conception
December 8 Mother's Day
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 St. Stephen's Day
Holidays for Spain for 2005 include:

January-1 New Year's Day

January-5 Dia de la Toma

January-6 Epiphany

January-22 St. Vincent's Day (Valencia)

February-1 San Cecilio

February-28 Andalusia Day

March-19 St. Joseph's Day

March-24 Holy Thursday

March-25 Good Friday

March-27 Easter Sunday

March-28 Easter Monday

April-4 Basque National Day

April-23 Aragon Day

April-23 Castilla y León Day

April-23 St. George's Day

May-1 Worker's Day

May-2 Dos de Mayo

May-15 San Isidro

May-20 St. Ferdinand Day

May-26 Corpus Christi

May-30 Canary Islands Day

May-31 Dia de Castilla la Mancha

June-9 Dia de La Rioja

June-9 Murcia Autonomy Day

June-11 Our Lady of the Chapel

June-24 St. John's Day

June-29 St. Peter & St. Paul Day

July-7 Running of the Bulls

July-10 Death of El Cid

July-25 Galicia National Day

July-25 Santiago Day

July-25 St. James Day

August-3 Fiesta de la Colmena

August-10 St. Lawrence Day

August-15 Assumption Day

September-8 Dia de Asturias

September-8 Dia de Extremadura

September-8 Nuesta Senora de la Victoria

September-8 Virgen de la Cinta

September-8 Virgen de la Fuensanta

September-8 Virgen de la Pena

September-11 Catalan National Day

September-15 Nuestra Senora de la Bien Aparecida

September-24 Our Lady of Mercy

September-29 St. Michael's Day

October-7 Our Lady of the Rosary

October-7 Virgen del Rosario

October-9 Columbus Day

October-9 Dia de Communidad

October-12 Hispanity Day

November-1 All Saint's Day

November-9 Virgen de la Almudena

December-6 Constitution Day

December-8 Immaculate Conception

December-8 Mother's Day

December-25 Christmas Day

December-26 St. Stephen's Day

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: Eating in England

Amsterdam MapsFood is very important to the travel experience, since you must eat out most of the time. One of the reasons why I hesitated to visit the U.K. before was its infamous cuisine. Why eat such dull pedestrian fare as fish and chips or bangers and mash, when one can indulge in the legendary French or Italian cuisine on the continent? But noticing the popularity of recent British cooking shows, like the Naked Chef and Ready, Steady, Cook!, I felt at last the Brits had come to appreciate creative cooking and now there would be a much greater variety of fare to choose from when eating out in the U.K. O.K. so my first meal after landing in Liverpool was fish and chips and I had my first taste of mushy peas. But that was to be the ONLY fish and chips I had during my two week stay! I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of cuisines now available in the larger cities in England. Even pub food took me by surprise. It's no longer your typical British fare, athough some traditional items are still featured on many menus especially in the countryside. I found many pubs now employ talented chefs, often trained in foreign lands, like France or Italy. Some pubs even specialize in international cuisines. The Indian subcontinent's influence on British taste buds has grown over the last century. So it's no surprise that fish and chips have now been supplanted by curries and balties as the most popular British food. Indian takeaways and restaurants can now be found in almost every town in England. Italian, French and Chinese food have always been popular in England's larger cities, but now even the more exotic Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Mexican, African and middle eastern cuisines are finding their way into the British diet. Asian food in particular is gaining ground as trendy restaurants popup everywhere, especially in London. Vegetarians have always been welcome in England, as there is a long tradition of prominent vegetarians in their society. But finding vegetarian fare or vegan based menus has always been a challenge outside of a few major cities. But now most restaurants acknowledge the existence of those who prefer not to eat meat, and offer a wider range of veggie selections on their menus. In addition the number of vegetarian restaurants has blossomed, and now they can be found in smaller cities around the isles. I was particularly impressed with the selection of veggie restaurants in Brighton. One major weak spot in British fare that is changing only slowly is breads. We can thank the British for inventing the "sandwich", but you'd think by now they'd realize there's more than white bread to eat with it. Whole grain breads are starting to appear here and there, but aren't as well established as on the continent. The traditional English "toast" is still made with square pieces of white bread, which now comes in opaque plastic bags so you can't even view it in the markets. And yes, I did see people eating beans on toast and spaghetti on toast, or just plain dry toast. Come on folks, let's try some other breads for a change! I did find some bagels and tortillas at Tesco's. So I guess there's hope after all! The most exciting food experience I had in England was a visit to Harrod's food courts. If you visit London, this is an absolute must! The incredible displays of food are legendary, with beautiful sculptures highlighting vast quantities of fresh produce, fish, meats and much more. I wish I could've taken pictures to show you, but photography is prohibited in the store. There are various cafes and bars where you can sit and partake of the extraordinary tempting delights prepared to order (quite pricey). I found their bakery to be excellent with a wide selection of reasonably priced tasty treats . So be prepared to give your taste buds a workout in England. The food IS good to excellent these days. And the variety is amazing. Don't forget your traditional dishes too, as these can be very tasty, if you don't mind the meat and grease.

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