Dining, Friends, Holidays

Merry Christmas, Bon Nadal, Bones Festes

What a wonderful week of celebrating with friends and enjoying one feast after another. And…there is more to come on New Year’s Eve.

A week ago Saturday we went to Vilafranca for the Fira del Gall. You can read about our first visit to this event in my post here. We missed it last year as we had just returned from our five-week trip to the States and were preparing for Thanksmas with our friends the next day. We were determined to attend this year.

The fira was celebrating its 355th year! Yes, you read that right. Three hundred fifty-five years! There are Christmas crafts for sale, activities for the children, poultry market, wine tasting, and the amazing food.

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The day was sunny and warm when we arrived. We met other friends there and bought our tickets for the food tent. For 6€ ($6.60) you receive a cup of chicken soup, bread, pastry, and Catànies, coffee, a wine glass (which you can fill for 2€ ($2.20). All for 6€.

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But wait…there is more. The food tent holds 500 people and believe me it fills up so once we had our tickets we headed inside. In the tent (besides the yummy stuff for the 6€) there are six local restaurants that you can buy a meal from…for 7€ ($7.70). Absolutely incredible food.

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So, we ate, and talked, and laughed for a couple of hours. We noticed that the line to get into the tent was getting very long. As we wandered outside we saw the sky had become cloudy and…it was starting to rain! What?! That was not the forecast. None of us had umbrellas so we headed for the WINE tent but of course, so did everyone else.

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The line to get into the food tent!

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I looked at the radar on my weather app and we all decided it was best to head back home. Ah, but why stop a day of fun so early?! We all went to our neighbor’s house for the rest of the afternoon. Oh, and I should tell you that it was sunny and gorgeous in our village which is only a few minutes away.

Sunday, I made homemade lemon curd with lemons from our very own lemon tree.

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Yummy! I also baked Christmas cookies.

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Monday, we went to Vilanova i la Geltrú to look at the Christmas lights.

Christmas Eve, we went to Sitges to have dinner at our favorite restaurant, Alfresco. As always, our friend Xavi and his staff didn’t disappoint. Another amazing dinner.

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Then there was Christmas! Once again, we were invited to spend Christmas lunch with our friends/neighbors Kim and Virginia and their family. They have welcomed us with open hearts and we are so blessed. ♥

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Ah, Caga Tió time. You can read about that tradition in my post here. This is the third year that we have been a part of this tradition and it is so much fun seeing how the grandchildren have grown and their excitement as they receive the gifts.

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Traditions to be treasured. ♥♥

Yesterday, we went to our friend Hanna’s home for lunch. Another incredible feast and a fabulous afternoon of stories and laughter. I didn’t take any photos of the food but here is Garfield. He pretty much slept through our entire visit.

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We’ve held onto old traditions but have embraced new traditions. The best of both worlds. ♥

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