Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Three Kings bring gifts for all good children
Breakfast is a special occasion on January 6th with the Three Kings’ Cake the centre of attention. This is a sweet bread that is adorned with dried fruits, glace cherries and sugar. Inside, bakers have hidden a small prize wrapped in paper as well as a bean. The one who finds the lucky prize is supposed to be King or Queen for the day. A gold paper crown is provided with the cake. He who ends up with the unlucky bean is expected to pay for next year’s Kings’ Cake. We were at our baker's in Figueres yesterday and the huge long display case was filled with all sizes of these cakes. In fact they were being snapped up like "hot cakes." I don't think you can eat too much of them as they are very sweet.
January 6th is a very special day for families, much like Christmas Day in North America or northern European countries. The village was very quiet in the morning but, happy days, the Nautica was open for our morning cortado. You just can't beat sitting outside with the sun beating down as you have your coffee. Nowadays, Both Christmas Day and January 6th are getting about equal celebration with the children’s gifts often divided between the two days.
Later in the afternoon we went for a walk. Things were strangely quiet except for a few visitors wandering about, some fishermen fixing their nets. a lone topless woman lying on a rock and a little girl with her mum and dad trying out her new hot pink bike. I'm sure everyone will be out for passegiatta later this evening.