The village of Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente

The great Spanish naturalist Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente was born in the village of Poza de la Sal. He described the village of his birth as a “human community” in “harmonious coexistence with the landscapes” which formed a “zoomorphic universe”. As a child he began to explore the natural area, watching and learning about the wildlife of area, which would later greatly influence his vision of the world. One day he saw a peregrine catch a duck here which led him to the world of falconry and then into natural history film making.

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Franco yacht beached in Burgos

Franco’s yacht, El Azor (Literally, the Goshawk) was a symbol of his corrupt regime. Today it rusts away in quite corner of Burgos, as a way of attracting guests to the Azor Motel in the village of Cogollos (Burgos). The owner bought it in 1992 off the Spanish navy in a fit dubious nostalgia. Guests can visit the yacht on which, for 26 years, Franco would receive ministers and ambassadors. It was later used by the King of Spain, and somewhat polemically by Felipe Gonzalez for his holidays when he was president.

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