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Moraira - Teulada

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Welcome to issue number 78 of the Newsletter

 December 2015  

 

The newsletters are compiled by Dot Garrett.  

If you would like an interesting article or news item to be considered for inclusion in future editions of the newsletter, please email them to her

 newsletter-editor@u3amoraira-teulada.org

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  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 7th December 2015

at the Salón de Banquetes, Avenida del Mediterráneo, Teulada at 10:30 a.m.

Doors open to members at 09:30 a.m.

For this pre-Christmas General Meeting the U3A band will be performing a selection of light music as well as some Christmas tunes to entertain members as they arrive from approximately 10.00 to 10.30hrs.

Everyone is always welcome to attend all General Meetings and we do hope that many of you will make a big effort to join us for this light hearted gathering.

Please note that the New Members and Renewals Desks will not be open during this meeting. 

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Jill Cole

Message From President

Jill Cole

 
I'm sitting here writing this thinking I should really sort out my Christmas shopping and writing the family cards. Have we really reached December again!
Looking back on the year I'd like to thank all the Committee, Group Leaders and helpers for making this another successful year for our                                                             U3A. 
Wherever you spend Christmas I hope you have a happy, healthy and festive one. I look forward to seeing you in 2016.
 
 
 

Insurance.

The Committee wish to remind members that they participate in activities at their own risk and with their own insurance cover. 
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151214 History Talk 14th Dec: Valencia: the Biography of a City

History Talk Monday 14th December Valencia: the Biography of a City

 

Date: 14th December. 10.30am

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject: Valencia: the Biography of a City

Lecturer: Peter Atkinson

The lecture will cover the history (economic, cultural, architectural and morphological) of Spain’s third city, from its Roman origin as a planned, new town in 138 BC, through to its 15th-century ‘Golden Age’, and on to the financial excesses and mismanagement of the present century. There is more to the story than you might expect, such as: the complete destruction of the city three times in its first 1,300 years, on each occasion by a different culture (Roman, Islamic and Christian); the huge scale of the silk industry until its sudden demise in the 19th-century; and the frequency and severity of the flooding which finally led to the diversion of the River Turia in the 1960s.

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Film 14th Dec 18:00: Jersey Boys

Film Monday 14th Dec 18:00:

Jersey Boys

When: Monday 14th December, doors open 17:45, film starts 18:00, ends 20:10

Where: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

U3A Membership Card for entrance (free) – NO booking required

Following the ‘sold out’ success of the Broadway and London stage shows, director Clint Eastwood offers the story of 4 young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic '60s rock group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons - the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group - with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honour learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public.

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Drama Group performs Alice in Wonderland to an overflowing Salón de Actos

Drama Group performs Alice in Wonderland to an overflowing Salón de Actos

The Drama Group performed twice on Tuesday 17th November, in the morning for English students of the Moraira primary school and, in the afternoon, for adults. Both performances filled the Senieta Salón de Actos to capacity.

The Group performed again on Tuesday 24th November at the Casa de la Cultura in Teulada, for the schoolchildren studying English.

The youngest children of the primary school in Teulada attended one of the dress rehearsals at the Casa de la Cultura, bringing the show to hundreds of children of the Moraira-Teulada area and their teachers.

 

Photographs by Marin Dugandžić , 


http://www.u3amoraira-teulada.org/wp-content/uploads/Alice-Programme.pdf

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U3A Discounts Page

U3A Discounts Page

Members are strongly advised to spend some time having a look at the Teulada/Moraira U3A website discounts page which lists many local businesses willing to offer special discounts on production of your membership card.

From A for Air-conditioning and Awnings to W for Window-Cleaning (sorry, no Xs,Ys and Zs yet!!) there are many different professional trades and services listed.

Recent additions to this page are a very well recommended Dentist, a new flowers and greetings cards shop, locksmiths, insurance providers etc.

In fact, we have a total of 80 different business listed providing more than 48 different services or types of products and all offering very worthwhile discounts.

Whenever you are in need of a specialist service or planning on buying something for yourself or your home do have a good look at your U3A website discounts page by clicking

http://www.u3amoraira-teulada.org/discounts-for-u3a-members-2/

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Creative Writing Group Christmas Poem

Creative Writing Group Christmas Poem

By Chris King

 

Relatives At Christmas

If we can’t choose our relatives

We can at least ignore them

And this works well, until missives

Of Christmas, from and for them

Begin in us those guilt motives

Which move us to implore them;

“Come to us this year” which gives

To us the chance to bore them.

 

The photos of our holiday

In albums set before them.

And then our choice of T.V. play

Whilst our dog decides to paw them.

And when it starts up an affray

All dogs, they say, adore them.

They want to smoke but no ashtray

Tells smokers we deplore them.

 

Then Grandpa in captivity

Turns to inebriation.

And what was once festivity

Becomes an altercation!

The message of Nativity

And evermore salvation

Intrudes on this activity

And causes a cessation.

 

Whilst Grandpa sans libation

Sleeps off excess libation

Talk turns to his longevity

His will, its allocation.

On matters of such gravity

Is Einstein’s revelation –

“There’s always relativity

Whatever the relation”.

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Healthy Walking Group

Healthy Walking Group

by Noelene Cummins

October walks.

The group meets for walks at 9am in the summer and 10am in winter. Last year October was hot so walkers appreciated the early start. This year the weather changed rapidly through October so keen walkers (and insomniacs) were setting off in the dark to reach the meeting point! The same walk is taken on Tuesday and Thursday and a brisk pace is set with stops for water and at points of interest.

6th  & 8th October      Three Windmills at Jesus Pobre

The weather was warm and sunny at 9am and 21 walkers on both days set off through Jesus Pobre village (worth a longer visit) and into the pretty country side. The route did not go to the windmills but when walkers paused for a drink by the pigeon lofts they were clearly visible on the hill top. Most walkers stayed at one of the bars after the walk for coffee and a chat.

13th & 15th October    Ermita de Lleus, Benissa.

Despite very dark threatening clouds, 20 walkers met at the Ermita. It is a quiet beautiful place. The walk was described as steep with some rough tracks with views. After 15 minutes it began to rain heavily and Leader John gave walkers the option of turning back. Waterproofs and umbrellas appeared and we plodded on. The only views were of black clouds all around and puddles! After 15 minutes the rain stopped and the walk was completed in almost dry weather. Most walkers met for coffee and a chat at a bar afterwards, and were treated to a plate full of muffins by the management! The same walk was completed in gloriously sunny weather on Thursday and walkers were able to take photos of Calpe Rock and other places from unusual angles. This time walkers were treated to chocolate and lemon pastries!

20th & 22nd October    Gata de Gorgos towards Jesus Pobre.

Tuesday’s walk was cancelled due to heavy rain but Thursday dawned bright and sunny and 19 walkers met by ‘The Blue House’ by the roundabout on the Gata to Javea road. This level walk went through typical Spanish countryside with aubergines, peppers, melons and artichokes in the gardens. Walkers stopped at a Persimmon tree where some sweet ripe fruit was tasted. At the end of the walk we inspected a typical washhouse where ladies used to do the washing in running stream water and where it is thought is the largest eucalyptus tree in Spain. Coffee stop was at El Paso by the Ferrobox roundabout.

 27th & 29th October    Lliber Circuit   

This is a beautiful walk. It begins in the quaint old village of Lliber and climbs up through the little streets to meet a narrow track along one of the terraces. There are splendid views across the Jalon vineyards to the Sierra Bernia and the white spire of Parcent Church in the distance. The terrace contours round the hill taking walkers through woodland with wild flowers and views from the other side of the hill down the valley. These views are only visible on foot.  The walk returns to the village taking in the cemetery and 12 stations of the cross down to the church. On Tuesday 18 stopped for coffee outside the Bar taking over the village square!  The Bar lady was very helpful and speedy.

During Thursday’s walk Les let slip it was his birthday. Outside the Bar we ordered drinks and Les disappeared inside. It seemed he had not made his request clear as the Bar lady left the bar and walked away down the street! She came back with two delicious cakes, napkins, cake forks and saucers! Thank you Les. We wish you a very happy birthday. Has he set a precedent?

 November Walks

 The start time reverted to the Winter Schedule of 10.00 and there were significantly more walkers!

3rd & 5th November. Cansaladas/Las Laderas

About 34 walkers attended both walks.It began at the former El Campo restaurant and wended through a very smart housing development to show us how the other half lived! We then took a footpath into the country and through some woodland and open countryside joining a narrow but quite busy road back through the houses. The weather was lovely.

10th & 12th November. Cumbre del Sol across the Granadella National Park

This walk was divided. There was a shorter route for the less able and a long steep route for the stronger walkers. Of the 20 or so who started, 8 completed the longer route. We parked at the Information Centre on Cumbre and set off through the brushwood on a wide track. The views were stunning and the weather was lovely. The very steep parts were on a concrete road down into a gorge but we stopped several times for a drink and to photograph the views. This is one of the more strenuous walks we attempt. Montgo was on the right and the sea on the left. It was a lovely walk with pleasant company and reminded us why we live in Spain in November!

17th & 19th November. Les Valls area between Jesus Pobre and Javea

A few days before this walk, all leaders realised that they had not done this walk before! As we always check walks a few days previously all 6 of us met to follow the route and then have a meal afterwards! It was just as well as we did get lost. How embarrassing it would have been to have led 30 walkers the wrong way! It began at the Ermita del Popul Car park. The tracks through the fields and woods were easy and mainly flat and yet again the weather was fine and sunny. 29 and 18 members walked.

24th & 26th November. Les Fonts to the Quarry top.

Once again the walk was divided. This time the very strenuous walk to the quarry top taking about 1hour 30 minutes was done on Tuesday and then Thursday  December 3rd in the following week to take the strain off the leaders. It was marked as one of our strenuous walks so only 14 walkers started from Les Fonts up through the houses and then up a very long road to the top of the quarry where the views were fantastic. We could see Cullera to the north and Calpe Rock from the same spot. Just when everyone thought we would be going down, there was another ascent before dropping steeply down on a tarmac road through woodland with lavender, rosemary, thyme and sage along the edge of the road. Thursdays walk for 30 people was from the same parking spot but gently through farmland between Benitaxell and Les Fonts. All November walks were done in glorious sunshine. Aren't we fortunate?

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Anniversary River Cruise

Anniversary River Cruise

By Eric and Angie Taylor

September 2015

River Cruise – Rhine and Moselle Rivers

Earlier in the year a family friend (Peter) recommended a River Cruise to us. Peter had been a tour guide for many years and said we would enjoy the ambience of a River Cruise on the Rhine and Moselle rivers. He recommended a company based in Holland:- Transriverline.nl, who operate a ship, the Prinses Christina, on these rivers. Having spent six years as a Purser with Windstar Cruises, the thought of cruising again was rather intriguing. On further investigation we found that the ideal time for us was in September when we celebrate our Wedding Anniversary on 24th September. The Prinses Christina was setting off on a seven day cruise from Cologne on Sunday 20th September. We then looked for flights from Alicante and were happy to find that Ryanair fly direct from Alicante to Cologne, although only three times a week. That meant we had to fly on Saturday 19th September and overnight in Cologne and board the ship the following afternoon. As the ship would be berthed in the Leystapel area of Cologne we booked into Hotel Lyskirchen, only a five minute walk to the ship. This excellent hotel is located in a quiet suburb of the city but only a 15 minute walk to the Cathedral.     

Prinses Christina

The Prinses Christina is a fully air-conditioned ship. It can accommodate 107 passengers on three decks. There is a stair lift between the main deck and the promenade deck and to the restaurant on the cabin deck. The large sun deck is partially covered. On the promenade deck there is an elegant lounge and bar with picture windows offering panoramic views.  Morning coffee and afternoon tea is offered each day in the lounge and the restaurant is situated on the cabin deck. Everyday there is a buffet breakfast followed by a three-course lunch and a four-course dinner with a choice in the menu.

Day 1: Cologne

On Sunday 20th September we boarded the ship and were met by the ship’s Captain Reijen Galenkamp and the Purser Darina Durcova. After unpacking we headed for the Schokoladen (Chocolate) Museum, located near to the ship. This is a very popular Museum, especially the shop, which stocks a wide variety of chocolates. Your will power will be tested!!.

After dinner we took a stroll into the city, with two friends we met onboard, Jim and Lynda, through the many plazas to the Cathedral.

Day 2: Andernach

The ship sailed early and after breakfast we were in time to see the city of Bonn (Birthplace of Beethoven) as we cruised down the Rhine to the pretty town of Andernach. We passed the site of the “Battle for the bridge at Remagen”. The bridge was destroyed during World War II, but two columns still remain and there is a museum situated in one of them. We arrived in Andernach and had time to visit the many medieval fortifications that surround the town.

Day 3: Cochem

This is the day that the ship leaves the Rhine and cruises up the picturesque Moselle River to the medieval town of Cochem. We were woken up to a different sound as the ship entered the first of three locks. On leaving the lock we sailed through the heart of the Moselle wine-growing region with lush vineyards stretching high up the sides of river where the Riesling grape is grown.

Cochem is a very popular stop with many cruise ships visiting because of the colossal 11th century Reichsburg Castle which overlooks this town and is one of the most beautiful castles in the region.

After dinner we took a short walk to the H.H. Hieronimi Bodega for a wine tasting and joined our friends Jim, Lyndia, Dennis and Freda. This took place in one of their cellars and after an excellent evening of tasting five of their good wines we had a chance to buy some bottles.

Day 4: Boppard

Today the ship cruises back down the Moselle river and re-joins the Rhine at Koblenz. A short trip down the Rhine brought us to Boppard which has the finest preserved Roman fortifications in Germany. After a short tour of the town we headed for the chair lift on the outskirts of the town. The lift covers a distance of approx. 1,000 metres, climbs 240 metres and takes about 20 minutes. From the top there is a cafe where you can relax and take in the magnificent views of the largest bend on the Rhine.

After dinner we were entertained by a local musician “Uli”, who played keyboards, trumpet, cow bells and the pan pipes. He was an excellent entertainer who had us singing and dancing to Oompah music, disco classics and a great portrayal of Louis Armstrong. At midnight he played Happy Anniversary for us and all the passengers took part, a fun evening.    

Day 5: Rudesheim

During the cruise to Rudesheim we passed one of the most famous landmarks on the Rhine, the 130 metre high “Lorelei Rock”. Named after the Rhine Maiden sirens who were once thought to have lured sailors to their death with their haunting singing.When we arrived at Rudesheim we had time to explore this very picturesque town, with many attractions, shops, wine and beer taverns. Before we toured the town we took the cable car up to the Niederwald Monument and walked through the forest all the time admiring the panoramic views of Rudesheim and the Rhine. On returning to the town Jim and Lyndia treated us to a “Rudesheim Coffee”, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The “Rudesheim Coffee” was invented in 1957 for “Asbach” (German Liqueur) and is served in a genuine Rudesheim Coffee mug. You pour warmed Asbach liqueur into the mug, over sugar cubes, light with a match until the sugar dissolves. Top up with hot coffee and finish off with a dollop of whipped cream sprinkled with chocolate flakes. Delicious. !!. In the evening the tour guide took us to a local tavern to sample the wine, beer and German Music. Great bar with a good ambience.

Day 6: Koblenz

Koblenz is where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. The ship berthed near the cable car and only a short walk into the city centre for some excellent shopping. The city is also a centre of the German wine trade. In the evening we had another entertainer performing for us in the Lounge.

Day 7: Konigswinter/Cologne

Our last day of cruising back to Cologne. En-route the ship stopped in Konigswinter, a quaint town where the main attraction is the Drachenfels Cog Railway built in 1883. The train passes the finely restored Drachenburg Castle and onto the summit where you can walk round the ruins of the Drachenfels Castle built in the 12th century.

At lunchtime the ship cruised back to Cologne where we berthed for the night. Cologne is one of Germany’s largest and liveliest cities and the capital of Rhineland. It’s river skyline is dwarfed by the soaring twin steeples of its spectacular Gothic Cathedral. In the evening the ship put on a sumptuous Farewell Dinner. After dinner there was time for a stroll through the old town to sample a “Kolsch”, local beer.

Day 8: Cologne

After breakfast it was time to dis-embark the ship and return to the Hotel Lyskirchen, for two nights, as our return flight to Alicante did not depart until the Tuesday evening. Once settled into the hotel we walked to the Chocolate Museum where we met up with our friends from the ship, who were not due to be picked up to go to the airport until later. In the evening we walk to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. My first experience and most likely the last. Very impressed with all the memorabilia on the walls, but my burger was very ordinary for the price.

Day 9: Cologne

Today we decided to visit the Romano-Germanic Museum next to the cathedral, only to find that all museums close on a Monday. We then discovered a tunnel going underneath the cathedral which led to a stone spiral staircase leading to the top of the spire. The spiral staircase is not very spacious, there are 532 steps up to the observation deck, a height of approx 100 metres. There is a small charge of four euros per person. Not recommended for younger children and people with circulatory problems. That evening we visited the “Athens” Greek Restaurant, near our hotel, where we enjoyed a wonderful meal of Greek salad and tasty Lamb Chops and Cutlets.  

Day 10: Cologne/Home

At last we got to visit the Romano-Germanic Museum, which was built over the remains of a Roman Villa with the renowned Dionysus Mosaic on display. The museum displays many objects from the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages and has the largest collection of locally produced glass and jewellery from the Roman period. We just had time to visit Brauhaus Fruh am Dom, the famous old brew house and restaurant opposite the Cathedral which comprises of various rooms where you can drink a glass or two of Kolsch beer and enjoy typical German hospitality and food. A building steeped in history which has to be seen to be appreciated. It was then a short walk back through the cobbled streets of Altstadt (Old Town), back to our hotel to head for the Airport and our flight home.

Summary

Rhine River sailings are among the most popular river cruises in Europe. Some itineraries focus solely on the Rhine, while others include additional waterways in Germany, Austria, Hungary or the Netherlands.

The Middle Rhine was referred to by the Romantics as the “landscape of the soul”. Its most famous stretch is dotted with fairy-tale castles and fortresses, as well as terraced vineyards and the legendary Lorelei Rock and also incorporate its major tributary: the Moselle river.

We chose to sail on a river cruise that incorporated the Rhine and Moselle rivers that started and finished in the same port, Cologne. There are many different companies and ships that cruise these rivers, you are spoilt for choice.

We were very pleased that Peter recommended Transriverline and especially the Prinses Christina, as we enjoyed the ambience and got to know our fellow passengers very quickly. Great fun every morning at coffee time doing the daily quiz. The smaller ships are so much more personal and the crew are so helpful and friendly, I think it was a better experience than the large cruise boats. We are now looking at a cruise on the River Danube with Transriverline.nl.

Transriverline operate four cruise ships on different rivers in Europe, for more information check out their website or email:- info@transriverline.nl.

 

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Recipes. Easy As Pie!

Recipes. Easy As Pie!

By EILEEN HAXON

Nothing says Christmas like a home-made mince pie.

Never get bored with these delicious variations.

 

TRADITIONAL MINCE PIES SERVES 12

200gm plain flour

100g butter / margarine

1 tsp sugar

20g ground almonds

411g jar mincemeat

1 egg beaten

1 tbsp demerara sugar

Sift the flour into a bowl. Rub in the fat until it looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the ground almonds and sugar, then bit by bit add cold water and mix to a smooth dough. Wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Heat oven to 190C. Unwrap the dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/2 cm thick.

Using a pastry cutter stamp out 12 rounds and press into a bun tin. Spoon equal amounts of the mincemeat into each pastry case. Stamp out smaller circles from the rolled out pastry trimmings as lids for the pies. Brush the tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until pale golden. Transfer to a rack after 10 minutes.

CRUNCHY NUT TOPPING -Leave the mince pies uncovered. Sift 70g plain flour and a pinch of ground cinnamon into a bowl and rub in 40g butter using your fingers until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in 30g demerara sugar, 25g pistachio nuts (chopped). Sprinkle evenly over the tops of each mincemeat filling. Bake as before.

CHOC CHIP & BRANDY BUTTER PIES - Mix 100g dark chocolate chips into the mincemeat. For the brandy butter, cream 100g butter until fluffy and gradually beat in 300g icing sugar. Beat in 2 tbsp brandy and spoon over the pies once they are cooled.

CRANBERRY STAR PIES - Place 70g of dried cranberries in a small pan with 4 tbsp sherry or orange juice and cook for 1 minute. Allow to cool then spoon into the mincemeat. Continue as in recipe but stamp stars shapes from the pastry for the tops.

ORANGE FLAVOURED MERINGUE - Mix the mincemeat with the zest of 1 orange, finely grated and 2 tbsp orange liqueur. Do not cover with pastry before cooking. While the pies cool, whisk 2 egg whites until stiff and gradually add 130g sugar. Still whisking. Spoon on top of each pie and return to oven for 3 -5 minutes until the top starts to colour. Allow to cool and dust with icing sugar.

I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR

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Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

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Christmas market in Teulada - Sunday 13th December 2015

Christmas market in Teulada

Sunday 13th December 2015

There will be 200 stalls by individuals, local associations and merchants who offer an extraordinary variety of products. Younger guests will enjoy the rides, games and atmosphere.You may acquire typical Teulada Christmas products like "pastissets of moniato" and coca maría, made in local bakeries. The meats and local products of the Agricultural Cooperative of Teulada Sant Vicent Ferrer, like sweet wine, raisins, vermouth and local wines will also be present.Do not miss the typical roasting of chestnuts, corn cobs, a variety of Christmas sweets made by artisans from different localities of the province, such as candies, nuts or dates. There also are typical festive decorations and Christmas trees, crafts, willow and clay, pottery, jewellery, music, in short, everything that the visitor can imagine.

 All day the little ones can enjoy the inflatables to be located in the Town Hall Square, there will be clowns and various games to spend a pleasant day.

Like every year the income from the stalls are donated to a charity, and this year, it will be the Local Assembly of the Red Cross of Teulada.

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Cinderella the Musical at Teulada Auditori

Cinderella the Musical at Teulada Auditori

Sunday 13th December 2015

17.00 pm.

10 euros

 

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Giselle Ballet at Teulada Auditori

Giselle Ballet at Teulada Auditori

The Moscow Ballet celebrates its 25th Anniversary at the Auditorium Teulada - Moraira.

19th & 20th December

19.00 pm

26 euros

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