Almeria – Feria y Fiestas

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Dressed up for the feria

The annual Feria y Fiestas of Almeria City started last Friday night and will continue until next Sunday.

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Dressing up is not just for the young

This is one of the most famous fiestas in Andalucia and the days and nights are filled with events, parties and concerts mostly based in the historic quarter and Paseo de Almeria or the Recinto Ferial.

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A band in the paseo

We visited the city yesterday to experience La Feria del Mediodia along the Paseo de Almeria. The city was in party mood and the crowds enjoyed the street entertainment provided by bands, singers and dancers.

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The Sevillana

These dancers were performing the Sevillana.

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Entertainment for children

There was also entertainment for children.

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Villa Carmen

An interesting feature was a mock-up of a old Almerian home, Villa Carmen.

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In the kitchen

Women posing in the house wore traditional dress.

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Mimbre

Outside the house an old man demonstrated the craft of mimbre and was surrounded by articles made from esparto grass.

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Mini Coopers

At the bottom of the paseo were parked two lines of vintage cars. On one side was a row of Mini Coopers.

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Seat 600s

On the other side lined up were old Seat 600s. These were the only vehicles permitted here and the entrances to the Paseo were blocked by lorries as a security precaution after the Barcelona terrorist attack.

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Girl at the feria

We enjoyed our day out and returned home late afternoon but to take in more of the fiesta events, including the late night concerts, you need to live in the city or book into a hotel if you can find a room.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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