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SRapallo, Xale, watercolor Madrid, 2018.

A Little bit of Madrid – Quick Scketch

I’ll be leaving this great city pretty soon. I lived here for 4 years and the experience was more satisfactory than I could imagine or expected. The Spanish way of living is vibrant, the city offers a great amount of bars, tapas, museums, culture, theater, dance, seasonal festivities and more…

Each neighbourhood: Austrias, Salamanca, Barrio de las Letras, Chamberi, Castellana, Chueca, Sol, Gran Via, Retiro, Malasaña y Paseo del Arte. Some of the best museums in Europe, El Prado, Reina Sofia e Thyssen-Bornemisza. Others small museums but also great art like Museo Sorolla y Ermita de San Antonio de La Florida, with Goya frescos.

I posted many blogs about the city and their way of life. Spanish people like to live outside every day of the week and the whole year. I never knew a city vibrant like this and they don’t need a beach of seaside living to show they happiness and enjoy the city.

SRapallo, A Little bit of Madrid, watercolor, set/2018.
SRapallo, A Little bit of Madrid, watercolor, set/2018.

I’ll be packing my house and pretty soon and Rio de Janeiro is waiting for me,  I intent to continue this blog talking about the Carioca’s way of life, whitch is not much different from the Spanish and exploring the city with a personal approach. At least I have a good starting point there because my  husband is a real Carioca and I have a lot of things to learn about the Cidade Maravilhosa!




Um pouco de Madri

Estarei deixando esta grande cidade dentro em breve. Vivi aqui por 4 anos e a experiência foi mais satisfatória do que eu imaginava. O mode de vida espanhol é vibrante, a cidade oferece muitos atrativos como bares, tapas, museus, cultura, teatros, dança e festas típicas e muito mais…..

Cada bairro: Austrias, Salamanca, Barrio de las Letras, Chamberi, Castellana, Chueca, Sol, Gran Via, Retiro, Malasaña e Paseo del Arte. Alguns dos melhores museus da Europa, o Prado, Reina Sofia e Thyssen-Bornemisza. Outros museus menores em tamanho mas grande em arte, como o  Museu Sorolla e Ermita de San Antonio de La Florida, com afrescos de Goya.

Postei muitos blogs sobre a cidade e seu estilo de vida. Os espanhóis gostam de viver sua cidade, seus bares durante a semana e durante o ano inteiro. Eu nunca vi uma cidade, que não fosse costeira, que tivesse essa vibração, essa alegria de viver e aproveitar a cidade.

Estarei empacotando a casa logo mais e o Rio de Janeiro espera por mim,  pretendo continuar esse blog, explorando o modo de vida do Carioca, que não é muito diferente do espanhol e explorando a cidade do meu ponto de vista pessoal. Pelo menos tenho um bom ponto de partida, meu marido, que é Carioca da gema e tenho muito o que aprender sobre a Cidade Maravilhosa!

SRapallo, watercolor, Madrid, 2018

Eremita de San Frutos (Saint Fructus) – Sepúlveda/Segovia

There are only reminiscing of the church itself. Saint Fructus (Spanish: San Fruitos, Frutos, Fructos) was a Castilian hermit of the eighth century venerated as a saint. Christian tradition states that he had two siblings, named Valentine (Valentín) and Engratia (Engracia). They all lived as hermits on a mountain in the region of Sepúlveda. Engratia should not be confused with the 4th-century Portuguese martyr of the same name.

Born in the 7th century to a noble family of Segovia, Fructus and his two siblings sold their family possessions after their parents’ death and gave the earnings to poor. Wishing to escape from the city and the turbulent times, they established themselves on the rocky terrain near the village of Sepulveda now known as the Hoces del Duratón, where they lived apart from one another in caves that ensured them complete solitude.

Tradition holds that Valentine and Engratia were later martyred around 715 by advancing Moorish forces, and that Fructus died of natural causes in the same year at the age of 73.


A legend states that some locals, wishing to join Fructus in his retreat to his death, traveled there, only to be pursued by Moorish forces to the very door of Fructus’ hermitage. Fructus attempted to convert the Muslim soldiers, but without success. The legend goes on to state that Fructus drew a line across the earth, asking that the Moorish forces not cross it. When they ignored him and attempted to cross, the earth miraculously opened up to swallow them up, at a crack in the rock now called La Cuchillada. From that point on, the Moors did not bother Fructus.[2]


They are venerated as the patron saints of Segovia, where their relics are enshrined and are recognized as saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome.

Fructus, Valentine and Engratia are commemorated on 25 October by Western Rite Orthodox communities, and in the Roman Catholic Church.

Their relics were conserved in the hermitage of San Frutos from the 8th century to the 11th, when they were translated to Segovia Cathedral. The area of Fructus’ hermitage suffered various political and military vicissitudes; this area was conquered by Fernán González before being annexed by Al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir in 984. It fell to Christian control once again in 1011 through the efforts of Sancho García of Castile, and in 1076 was repopulated by Alfonso VI of Castile. By the 1070s, the Benedictines had established a church in honor of Saint Fructus in the area, as well as an adjoining monastery.

On the night of October 24 is celebrated the procession in honor of Fructus known as the Paso de la Hoja (“Turn of the Page”). A sculpture of Fructus rests in a niche in this cathedral. This sculpture has Fructus holding a book; according to local legend, it is the “Book of Life”: when Fructus turns to the last page, the world will end.

Fructus’ feast day is celebrated with music and contests, and devotees also celebrate his feast day at the park of Hoces del Río Duratón, where they accompany a statue of Fructus.


Srapallo, Calle Hortaleza, watercolor, Madrid, 2018

St Valentine’s Day in Spain

It’s not a traditional holiday in Spain, but most of the places in the world celebrate it with the traditional bouquet of flowers and romantic diners. the closest concept about it is from people of Valencia and their most romantic day of the year is, in fact, October 9th, when they celebrate both; the Day of the Valencian Community (Sant Valentin) as well as the Day of Saint Dionysius (Sant Dionís), locally known as the patron saint of lovers. This is a public holiday marked by many festivities and colorful costume parades held in the main plaza of every town and village.

A distinctive tradition on the Day of Saint Dionysius is the custom of offering ladies a Mocadora (Mocaorà) as a sign of love and appreciation. This traditional gift consists of a nice package of marzipan figurines handcrafted by local confectioners and then wrapped up in an elegant piece of silk.

In the Land of Cervantes, you don’t need a reason to get caught up in the fire and romance of Spain. The whole country is teeming with spectacular parks and gardens that inspire love.

Here is the recipe.

150 grams of ground almonds
135 grams of sugar glass
1 egg white
30 grams of mashed potato
Pastry dyes and flavor extract of each fruit. Cocoa powder
If you have too much thickened water
Some pine nuts to decorate

Start boling a potato and make a very fine mashed potato. Set it apart to use later. Beat the egg white to the point of very compact snow. Until the container is turned over, it stays well attached and does not fall. Add the icing sugar and mix well taking into account that the point does not get off. Add the mashed potato and almond flour and knead well. Distribute the dough in as many portions as we want to make different figurines and add to each portion the fruit dye, the flavor extract and let it rest for a while before making them. Take the dough and mold with the fingers the desired figures. Place in a tray and let dry a few hours and if you want to follow the tradition, wrap them in a neck scarf and give them away. If you have more dyes and flavor extracts, you can make pears, lemons, oranges, strawberries … Go on, you are totally allowed to just play with them and make fruits for the ones you love!