Basque Culture: A Modern Mystery

May 6, 2013
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Share No one knows from where they came. Their language has no origin. Their history wasn’t recorded until 1600. They are the Basques. The Basque homeland lies near the western Pyrenees Mountains, bordering France and Spain. It’s made up of the Spanish communities of the Basque Country and Navarra and the Northern Basque Country in…

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Shop elevates espandrilles to high style

May 6, 2013
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Share Braided hemp shoes with squishy, comfortable soles suited Spanish farmers well in the 14th century. As peasants tended fields, they wore canvas shoes that allowed them to care for crops and livestock with ease. These functional shoes, known as espadrilles, can still be found in grassy fields, but they’ve traded days of plowing for…

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Montjuic mountain holds Olympic history

May 6, 2013
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Montjuic mountain holds Olympic history

Share Antonio Rebollo, a Spanish Paralympic archer, stood in the spotlight of the 1992 Olympic opening ceremonies, feeling calm. Rebollo released the arrow, engulfing the torch. “My feelings were taken from the people who described to me how they saw it,” he said in an interview with NBC. “What they felt, their emotions, their cries.…

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Balenciaga: A Revolutionary of Couture

May 6, 2013
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Share Born in Getaria, Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Basque fashion designer and founder of the Balenciaga fashion house, had a vision that transformed the fashion industry. Now known as one of the most admired designers of haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s, he made history by designing, cutting and sewing his own models. In his 31…

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Flamenco: Unwavering art of Spanish culture

May 6, 2013
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Share Embedded in the Gypsy community of Andalusia, flamenco remains an unwavering part of Spanish culture. Here, young girls begin lessons at age six or seven, and parents pass down tales of famous Spanish dancers, sharing stories and the meaning of flamenco between generations.   But, as professional dancers enchant tourists with smoldering gazes, vigorous…

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Txakoli: Wine of the Basques

May 6, 2013
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Share With a coastal breeze from the sea and humid air year- round, the climate surrounding the small fishing village of Getaria allows for a different kind of wine to ferment. Sitting on the slopes, the region’s wineries are shielded from the harsh Atlantic weather. Joseba Laxkauo, a fourth generation winemaker, said 24 wineries utilize…

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Casa de Labores: Century of history in every thread

May 4, 2013
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Share Casa de Labores, or Eskulanen Etxea in the Basque language, has an unassuming window display of yarn and knitted baby clothes that entice knitting fanatics inside. The Aldalur sisters, Marga, Inés and Gotzone, and their mother Kontxi, own the store and are proud of the rich heritage of Casa de Labores. In a side…

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