miércoles, 27 de noviembre de 2013

First English Tourist in EJEA


       It was in 1855, when Richard Ford wrote “Handbook for Travellers in SPAIN”. 
"Handbook  for travellers" is a collection of touristic guides or books from different countries of Europe.
      The one we are talking about, describes different routes across Spain. Reading the book, you can learn a lot of Spanish History and find other book names where increase your knowledge of it. You can also find useful information for travellers (living in 1855), such as hotels, coachs, and places to eat Spanish food;

Crossing the Cidacos, whose banks
are pretty, half way to Barassoain is
La venta de las Campanas, famous for Navarre wine and kuevos cocidos.”

        There are some popular expressions we still use nowadays, such as;  Arga, Kga  (Ega) y Aragon, Hacen al Ebro Baron. ”,  and get to know the impression of English people about  the Spanish in that time (not always as good as the following);
Of the many misrepresentations regarding the Península, few had been previously more systematically circulated, than the dangers and difficulties. It was our office to show, that this, the most romantic and peculiar country in Europe, might in reality be visited throughout its length and breadth, withease and safety,—…


       But the most interested point of this book is the information we find out about our region.  We invite you to read the following paragraph about Ejea and Cinco Villas. Perhaps, this is one of the first English touristic guides where we appear.


Really interesting, don’t you think?
Actually, we don’t know if Richard Ford was the first English tourist to visit Ejea. In fact, he could have never been here. Maybe he got this information by reading other books.  
As to the information given, we are not sure if it is truth, looking on the Internet, we have found that Doña Urraca was shutted up in ‘El Castellar’ (Aragón).
What we know is that Ejea was part of the dowry received by the Queen for her marriage with "Alfonso el Batallador" and, it is also truth that in Ejea there was a tower placed in a street whose name nowadays is : Torre de la Reina.  And there are some paintings of our village where you can see a tower in that street.
     Anyway, it is an interesting reading. If you can read more, or find information about other Spanish places.. look for this book in the following link:  http://bibliotecavirtualmadrid.org/

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