Photographer's Note

Jerez de la frontera is famous for its wine (jerez, called also sherry) and horses. And the best time to visit it is in May during the Feria de caballos. It is one of the most important celebrations in Jerez de la Frontera, only comparable to Easter religious celebrations. Its origins are in the medieval ages, during one week farmers gathered to sell and buy animals, in Jerez mainly horses, usually drinking sherry to celebrate the deals. Nowadays it is celebrated in Parque González Hontoria. The Feria is divided in two parts: one is a kind of small village, with streets that have bars and restaurants at both sides (these restaurants are called Casetas). All the casetas are public, so anyone can just walk into any one and enjoy the food, drinks, and dancing.

Well, for me the wine is not interesting. The horses are fine, but I liked most the view of the beautiful Spanish ladies in their colourful dresses and the relaxed atmosphere.
But the main attraction in Jerez was the meeting with our friend Angel. We were to meet in the center of the town, but Angel made a great surprise for me, finding me during my breakfast in the hostel. Strange that he recognized me there. And then we went on his motobike to the city. Can you imagine? For me, it was an adventure, I was very afraid to go on moto. I found the Feria in the park a bit boring but I liked the carts on the streets of Jerez, like here on the photo.

Thank you Angel for the wonderful day with you and Toni. You were marvelous hosts.
I have forgotten. May is the time of jacarandas. They are everywhere in Jerez. The strets are lined with them.

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