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Seville: Discover the Secrets of Southern Spain

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From Bizet’s Carmen to Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra, the lure of Spain’s Andalucía region has captivated travelers from around the world for centuries.  There is something captivating about the dry, arid region, where grandiose centuries-old cathedrals in Seville are surpassed in beauty only by the even older Islamic
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Bolshy Barcelona

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A view over Barcelona harbor Thirteen minutes. That’s all it took from arriving in Barcelona to encounter one of its greatest claims to fame – the slickest pickpockets in Europe. If you’re going to hit, best get hit by a professional, I always say. And they’re at their slickest and
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A city of swords and sieges

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Spain’s ancient city of Toledo Spaniards may take a relaxed mañana attitude to things like completing half-built cathedrals and scoring World Cup goals.
But when they say that access to a train closes two minutes before the departure time, they actually mean it. “The train has gone,” a square-shaped security
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Mainlining on Madrid

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The ornate Palacio de Cibeles It’s difficult to keep your mouth closed in Madrid. Every corner reveals a building more jaw-droppingly gorgeous than the last. You admire one ridiculously ornate building in front, then turn to see an even more over-the-top edifice behind.
Madrid is one of the most architecturally
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Speaking for your Supper

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The monastery at Rascafria, Spain My new walking companion Maria sniffed apologetically and told me she was suffering from bad constipation. I was a little perturbed. I know the Spaniards are outgoing and flamboyant, but I hadn’t expected her to share this much information. Then she sniffed again and told
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Wake Up to Wine in the La Rioja Region of Spain

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I’m not advocating necessarily waking up with a glass of “vino tinto” (red wine) with your scrambled eggs and jamon…Although that isn’t out of the question in this area where wine flows often more freely than water. La Rioja is in Spain’s far north, just below the sunny shores of
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Organic Wine Tours in Penedès, Spain

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Albet i Noya Organic Vineyard Almost everyone agrees: some very tasty wine comes from Spain. As a Barcelona resident with “localvore” tendencies, I mostly buy bottles from nearby Emporda, Priorat and Penedès. Of the three, Penedès is the most established and also closest to the city, making it an effortless
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Gaga for Gaudí

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The psychedelic works of Antoni Gaudí draw thousands of visitors to Barcelona, Spain, each year. While the eccentric architect completed projects outside of the city as well, his most impressive buildings are clustered in the Catalan capital. In fact, there are so many Gaudí buildings in Barcelona that it can
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Romantic Honeymoon Escapes in Spain

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Posted in Europe, Holiday Travel, Honeymoon and Destination Weddings, Lodging, Luxury, Spain

Romantic Boutique Hotels in Spain When I think romance, I think boutique hotel. Give me something intimate and unique any day over some sprawling resort! Here are a few top seductive stays for honeymooners looking for R&R in Spain. ****Wine Country Escapes – Can Bonastre Resort: Newlyweds will adore this
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Rioja Road-Trip: Visiting Spanish Wine Country

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La Rioja, Spain Where’s all the hype? Where are all the people? Where’s the best-selling expat memoir called ‘My Rioja Year’ or ‘A Casa in Rioja’? While La Rioja’s wines are acclaimed around the Iberian Peninsula and internationally, there isn’t much shaking in La Rioja, the region. This was brought
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Winding down in Andalucía

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Posted in Europe, Hiking, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, Romance, Shopping, Spain

A monastery near Cazorla, Andalucia The sun was still asleep behind some distant peaks when I clomped out of the tiny town heading for the mountains. Soon it would be a blazing 35 degrees Celsius, and I didn’t want to be halfway up a mountain in that heat. Halfway down
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Spain Celebrates – Summer Festivals and Parties

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La Mercè As the summertime approaches, the Spanish find reason to celebrate. Mark these festive dates for the best bashes on the Iberian Peninsula: Sant Joan – Barcelona’s Beaches Fill June – Welcome Summer in Mediterranean Spain June 21, or thereabouts, is generally considered to be the summer solstice in
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The Most Romantic Day in Spain? A Book and a Rose for April

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According to the legend, brave Saint George slayed the dragon and saved the village from its wrath. The dragon’s blood spilled out onto the cold dirt, and from this blood, a rosebush magically grew. From this bush, Saint George plucked the finest blossom for the princess in an attempt to
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Winter Onion Festival in Catalonia

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Calçots 1. Secure bib. 2. Strip off charred skin revealing white meat.
3.Dunk generously in romesco sauce.
4. Tilt head back and bite sweet onion in half.
5. Savor.
6. Repeat 19 more times. These are the basic steps to eating calçots, a seasonal Catalan food that is something between
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