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The Wider Image: In search of Don Quixote...The arid central Spanish region of La Mancha is the setting for “Don Quixote”, the seventeenth-century novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Four hundred years after his death, references to the characters of Don Quixote, his loyal squire Sancho Panza and his beautiful lady Dulcinea abound in the surrounding villages from sweet treats to theatre productions involving livestock. Cervantes did not give away the name of the birthplace of Don Quixote, a middle-aged gentleman who becomes obsessed with chivalrous ideals. But many identify the village of Argamasilla de Alba as his hometown. The anniversary of Cervantes’ death is marked on the 23 April. REUTERS/Susana Vera SEARCH "QUIXOTE VERA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES   TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY  Matching text SPAIN-QUIXOTE/

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Windmills at dusk in Campo de Criptana, where Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes might have drawn inspiration from to narrate the battle between Don Quixote and the windmills he mistook for giants

The Wider Image: The matador...Spanish matador Jose Maria Manzanares holds his bullfighter's "muleta" during a bullfight at the Real Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain April 9, 2016. At the Real Maestranza arena the crowd enjoys a tradition that dates back over a thousand years. Wearing an embroidered gold and white outfit and wielding a long thin sword, the matador taunts the 600-kilo bull with his cape, dodging its horns again and again. Despite the full stands at the bullring, which hosted its first fight in 1761, the sport attracts an increasingly slim audience, as new generations shun what they see as a cruel and unfair fight. Matadors say those who oppose bullfighting don't understand the bullring's intimacy or the artistry of the fight. To finish off the bout, matadors deliver the "estocada," a deft strike through the bull's shoulder blades to pierce its heart. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo   SEARCH "EL MATADOR" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

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Spanish matador Jose Maria Manzanares holds his bullfighter’s “muleta” during a bullfight at the Real Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

Seville Celebrates The Feria de Abril...SEVILLE, SPAIN - APRIL 13:  Bullfighter Manuel Escribano performs with a Vitorino Martin ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at La Maestranza bullring on the second day of the Feria de Abril (April's Fair) on April 13, 2016 in Seville, Spain. The Feria de Abril, which has a history dating back to 1857, takes place a fortnight after Easter each year. The origin of the fair was a cattle market but the event quickly turned its goal from commerce to having fun. More than one million local and international participants are expected to attend to Feria de Abril.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Bullfighter Manuel Escribano performs with a Vitorino Martin ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at La Maestranza bullring at the Feria de Abril (April’s Fair) in Seville, Spain

Penitents of San Esteban brotherhood pose during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain...Penitents of San Esteban brotherhood pose before taking part in a procession during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

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Penitents of San Esteban brotherhood pose before taking part in a procession during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain

Hooded penitents from the "El beso de Judas" brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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Hooded penitents from the “El beso de Judas” brotherhood walk to the church to take part in a traditional annual procession in Seville, Spain 

EU Referendum - UK Expat Communities Living In Spain...BENALMADENA, SPAIN - MARCH 17:  British tourists play pool at a English bar on March 17, 2016 in Benalmadena, Spain. Spain is Europe's top destination for British expats with the southern regions of Costa del Sol and Alicante being the most popular places to live. The EU Referendum will be held on June 23, 2016 and only those who have lived abroad for less than 15 years will be able to vote. Some in the British expat communities in Spain are worried about that Brexit would see changes made to their benefits. The latest reports released by the UK Cabinet Office warn that expats would lose a range of specific rights to live, to work and to access pensions, healthcare and public services. The same reports added that UK citizens abroad would not be able to assume that these rights will be guaranteed in the future. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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British tourists play pool at a English bar in Benalmadena, Spain. Spain is Europe’s top destination for British expats with the southern regions of Costa del Sol and Alicante being the most popular places to live

Protesters dressed as Star Wars characters take part in a protest against military spending in Bilbao...Protesters dressed as Darth Vader and stormtrooper from the film series Star Wars take part in a demonstration against military spending and in favour of aid for refugees ahead of the thirtieth anniversary of the referendum on Spain's membership in NATO, in Bilbao, northern Spain March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent West

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Protesters dressed as Darth Vader and stormtrooper from the film series Star Wars take part in a demonstration against military spending and in favour of aid for refugees ahead of the thirtieth anniversary of the referendum on Spain’s membership in NATO, in Bilbao, northern Spain

People surrounded by smoke wave flags and shout slogans during a protest by a Spanish taxi drivers’ union in Madrid

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People surrounded by smoke wave flags and shout slogans during a protest by a Spanish taxi drivers’€™ union in Madrid

Carnival revellers dressed as "Peliqueiros" run along a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza

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Carnival revellers dressed as “Peliqueiros” run along a street in Spain’s northwestern village of Laza. “Peliqueiros”, or ancient tax collectors, pursued villagers through the streets ringing their cowbells and hitting villagers with their sticks.

***BESTPIX***Empty Church Hosts A Skate Park In Oviedo...OVIEDO, SPAIN - JANUARY 23:  A skater practices skateboarding in a skate park inside the Santa Barbara church on January 23, 2016 in Oviedo, Spain. A collective of skaters named The Church Brigade is building and maintaining a skate park inside an abandoned church in the northern Spain village of Llanera. The church built in 1912, was once a chapel for workers and close inhabitants of a munitions factory. The factory shut down its doors by the end of the Spanish Civil war, being a front line during the early stages of the conflict. Ernesto Fernandez, founder of the collective, came across it in 2007 planning to build an open business center for factories around the church. The economic crisis forced him to change the plan and decided to share with his mates the building to practice his passion of skateboarding. Donations of skaters and visitors, and some private investment is helping the collective to build and expand ramps and facilities.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***

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A skater practices skateboarding in a skate park inside the Santa Barbara church in Oviedo, Spain. A collective of skaters named The Church Brigade is building and maintaining a skate park inside an abandoned church in the northern Spain village of Llanera

"Tamborilleros'' wearing their uniforms take part in the opening ceremony of the main day of the traditional "La Tamborrada" of San Sebastian feasts in the Basque city of San Sebastian, northern Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. From midnight to midnight companies of perfectly uniformed marchers parade through the streets of San Sebastian playing drums and barrels in honor of their patron saint. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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“Tamborilleros” wearing their uniforms take part in the opening ceremony of the main day of the traditional “La Tamborrada” of San Sebastian feasts in the Basque city of San Sebastian, northern Spain.. 

Smoke billows from chimneys of buildings as the sun rise in the early morning in Milan, Italy

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Smoke billows from chimneys of buildings as the sun rise in the early morning in Milan, Italy

A man enjoys the sun, as the shadow of a street light is cast on the wall behind him, at the Sant Jaume Square in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

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A man enjoys the sun, as the shadow of a street light is cast on the wall behind him, at the Sant Jaume Square in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday

A man consults a mobile phone beside a woman begging on the pavement outside a clothes store in Salamanca an upscale neighbourhood of Madrid. The number of millionaires in Spain -- defined as having a fortune of over a million US dollars excluding their main residence and consumer goods -- rose by 40 percent to 178,000 last year from 2008 when the crisis started, according to consulting firm Capgemini. At the same time the number of people living with "severe material deprivation" in the country has doubled since 2007 to just over three million last year, according to a study by anti-poverty agency Oxfam

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A man consults a mobile phone beside a woman begging on the pavement outside a clothes store in Salamanca an upscale neighbourhood of Madrid

Revellers in fancy dress enjoy the atmosphere during the British Fancy Dress Day in Benidorm, Spain. The British Fancy Dress Day is one of the biggest fancy dress parties in Europe and is held the day after the Benidorm fiestas in November. The tradition started over 20 years ago when Manolo from Sinatras Club offered a free drink to anyone who dress up. Nowadays around 30,000 people, mostly British Expats living in Spain and tourists visiting the Costa Blanca resorts, attends, attend the event.

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Revellers in fancy dress enjoy the atmosphere during the British Fancy Dress Day in Benidorm, Spain. The British Fancy Dress Day is one of the biggest fancy dress parties in Europe

Anti-separatist Catalans gather in Plaza Catalunya square during a demonstration on October 12, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Thousands of Anti-separatist Catalans were called by Catalan unionist associations to march on the Spain's National Day to demonstrate against the Catalonia's bid for independence.

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Anti-separatist Catalans gather in Plaza Catalunya square during a demonstration on Monday in Barcelona, Spain. Thousands of Anti-separatist Catalans were called by Catalan unionist associations to march on the Spain’s National Day to demonstrate against the Catalonia’s bid for independence

An activist reacts during the 'Toro de la Vega' bull spearing festival in Tordesillas, near Valladolid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Men on horseback chased down a bull and speared it to death during the annual Toro de la Vega festival reviled by animal rights activists who turned out by the hundreds to protest the event.  Scuffles broke out Tuesday between activists and the festival's more numerous supporters before the bull, weighing more than half a ton, was released in the north central town of Tordesillas

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An activist reacts during the ‘Toro de la Vega’ bull spearing festival in Tordesillas, near Valladolid, Spain on Tuesday. Men on horseback chased down a bull and speared it to death during the annual Toro de la Vega festival reviled by animal rights activists who turned out by the hundreds to protest the event

Fabien Napias of the French Recortadores company Passion Saltador leaps over a charging bull at the end of the Liga de Corte Puro finals at the Plaza de Toros in Valladolid, Spain. The art consists of leaping, diving and somersaulting over charging bulls

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Fabien Napias of the French Recortadores company Passion Saltador leaps over a charging bull at the end of the Liga de Corte Puro finals at the Plaza de Toros in Valladolid, Spain. The art consists of leaping, diving and somersaulting over charging bulls

The World's Biggest Tomato Fight At Tomatina Festival...BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 26:  Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 26, 2015 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 22,000 people threw 150 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

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Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on Wednesday in Bunol, Spain

Visitors view a giant light installation inside the China pavilion at the Expo 2015 exhibition in Milan, Italy.

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Visitors view a giant light installation inside the China pavilion at the Expo 2015 exhibition in Milan, Italy.