Why We Love the Spanish

Sangria, running of the bulls, Picasso, churros and Penelope Cruz are a few reason why we love the Spanish. We pay homage to Spain in this fun slideshow.

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Tapas
Tapas

Tapas

A spread of Spanish tapas, small plates of food meant to be enjoyed before dinner, which typically isn't served until 9 or 10 p.m. 960 1280

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Jamon

Jamon

If there is one thing the Spanish love, it's their jamón ' shown here, hanging on racks ready for purchase! 960 1280

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seafood

seafood

Much Spanish cuisine is heavily influenced by the locally available seafood. 960 1280

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Calamari

Calamari

Calamares fritos (you guessed it, fried calamari) is a common Spanish tapa. 960 1280

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

Glasses of refreshing gazpacho soup, a chilled and blended mix of tomatoes and other raw vegetables. 960 1280

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Spanish olives

Spanish olives

An assortment of Spanish olives, some of the most flavorful in the world. 960 1280

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paella

paella

A chef prepares traditional Spanish seafood paella. 960 1280

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Tortilla

Tortilla

Tortilla española, or a 'Spanish omelet,' is a traditional dish made with potatoes, eggs and olive oil. 960 1280

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Jamon, chorizo and olives

Jamon, chorizo and olives

Jamón serrano, chorizo and olives are universal Spanish favorites, common in all regions of Spain. 960 1280

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Flan

Flan

Flan de huevo al caramelo, a caramel-topped Spanish dessert. 960 1280

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Chocolate con churros

Chocolate con churros

Chocolate con churros -- hot chocolate and strips of fried dough. But don't think this is like any other hot chocolate ' it's so thick you can rest your spoon (or churro) on it! 960 1280

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Arroz con leche

Arroz con leche

Arroz con leche, a Spanish rice pudding. 960 1280

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sangria

sangria

You can't forget Spanish sangria ' but watch out for that fruit! It's loaded with more wine than you think. 960 1280

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Taste of Spain  13 Photos

We love the Dutch for their windmills and ingenuity to invest in alternate energy resources and an alternative to water-driven mills. 960 1280

  

We can't forget about the appeltaart also known to most as Dutch apple pie. This delicious dessert is baked with cinnamon, lemon juice, raisins, icing in addition to apples and sugar. 960 1280

  

Bicycles are the main mode of transportation for millions of Dutchmen. In Holland, there are 13 million bikes and 16 million Dutchmen, and all social classes and people of all ages ride bikes. We love the Dutch for staying healthy and making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. 960 1280

  

We love traveling to the cheese markets in Alkmaar, Netherlands, where farmers sell yummy Gouda cheese wheels. 960 1280

  

Clogs were traditionally worn by workers as protective clothing in factories, mines and farms. Today, Dutch clogs are primarily a tourist souvenir; however, clogs remain popular among people working in their gardens and farms. 960 1280

  

We love Dutch directors and actors who've made it big in Hollywood, including actress Famke Beumer Janssen. 960 1280

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After a long day, we like to relax and unwind with a Heineken and Amstel, examples of Dutch brews. OK, what's not to love about that? 960 1280

  

We admire Dutch artists and their work, including post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh and his mysterious painting 'The Starry Night'. Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer are 2 more amazing Dutch artists. 960 1280

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The Dutch Parliament, government and Royal Court are located in The Hague, the 3rd largest city in the Netherlands. The Hague is United Nations city along with NYC and Geneva; it is also the location for 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. 960 1280

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We love how the Dutch enjoy themselves especially during in the cold, wintry months. The Dutch love ice skating and riding on frozen lakes with a prikslee. 960 1280

  

We enjoy heart and spirit of Dutch soccer fans, and we admire their love for other sports, including field hockey, volleyball, tennis and golf. 960 1280

  

We love the Dutch for their beautiful waterways and canals -- perfect for a night stroll near Amsterdam's canal houses. 960 1280

  

Tourists and locals stroll through the tulips and beautiful flowerbeds at the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens also known as the Garden of Europe near Lisse, Netherlands. 960 1280

  

Salmiakdrop aka salty licorice is a special Dutch treat. Salmiak, a powder-based candy is also popular in the Netherlands, and it comes in sweet and salty flavors. 960 1280

  

Rijksmuseum, one of the most important museums in the world, houses a very large collection of Dutch art, which includes paintings of Rembrandt van Rijn, Vermeer and Frans Hals. 960 1280

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In North Holland and Friesland, Dutch farmers breed Holstein-Friesian cows, which produce most of the world's diary. 960 1280

  

Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and the largest port in Europe. The Holland city is called the gateway to Europe because of its location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and its massive rail, road, air and inland waterway system that extends throughout Europe. 960 1280

  

Just in case you're a little confused, the Dutch is the dominant ethnic group of the Netherlands. They share a common culture and speak the Dutch language. 960 1280