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Celebrating Cervantes

World Book and Copyright Day


World Book Day is celebrated in honor of the birth and death of William Shakespeare:

and in honor of the death of Don Quixote author, Miguel de Cervantes:

I have had the good fortune of living in Spain, the birth-country of Cervantes, and have even visited his hometown and where he studied, Alcalá de Henares.

So, to celebrate this wonderful writer, I would like to share a few pictures with you that I took while I was in Alcalá.

A statue of Cervantes stands in the middle of his hometown, Alcalá.

The actual university where Cervantes studied. Today, students are still able to attend it.

When we were there, Alcalá was having their annual Mercado de El Quijote, or Medieval Festival.

This "Chocolate Man" is wearing the typical dress of the times of Cervantes.

A craftsman, also dressed in clothes from the times of Cervantes, sculpts a bowl out of metal.

Alcalá is an artist town.

Alcalá was an interesting city.  Today it is a college town however its history and culture still remain important.  It is a city that represents artists and their work, and is proud to be the hometown of Miguel de Cervantes.


I could never conclude a World Book Day post without asking what you are currently reading!

At the moment, I am reading Babylon’s Ark by Lawrence Anthony, an inspiring true story about the author’s attempts to save the war-stricken zoo of Baghdad.

What are you reading during World Book Day?  Please tell us in the comment section below!




*The first 3 pictures – of Cervantes, Shakespeare, and the World Book Day logo – were taken from their Wikipedia pages.  The pictures of Alcalá were taken by me: © Kalie Lyn, 2010.*


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