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Seville: Discover the Secrets of Southern Spain

Seville: Discover the Secrets of Southern Spain

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 …

Bolshy Barcelona

Bolshy Barcelona

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 …

A city of swords and sieges

A city of swords and sieges

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 …

Mainlining on Madrid

Mainlining on Madrid

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 …

Speaking for your Supper

Speaking for your Supper

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 …

Wake Up to Wine in the La Rioja Region of Spain

Wake Up to Wine in the La Rioja Region of Spain

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 …

Organic Wine Tours in Penedès, Spain

Organic Wine Tours in Penedès, Spain

Albet i Noya Organic Vineyard
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 …

Gaga for Gaudí

Gaga for Gaudí

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 …

Romantic Honeymoon Escapes in Spain

Romantic Honeymoon Escapes in Spain

Romantic Boutique Hotels in 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.

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The Vaughantown Experience: The Untour of Spain

The Vaughantown Experience: The Untour of Spain

Spain has its intricate architecture, its exquisite museums and its delectable cuisine, but its people are one of its greatest assets. If you seek an atypical travel experience that allows you to get up close and personal with the Spanish …

Rioja Road-Trip: Visiting Spanish Wine Country

Rioja Road-Trip: Visiting Spanish Wine Country

La Rioja, Spain
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 …

Winding down in Andalucía

Winding down in Andalucía

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 …

Spain Celebrates – Summer Festivals and Parties

Spain Celebrates – Summer Festivals and Parties

La Mercè
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
Sant Joan – Barcelona’s Beaches Fill

June – Welcome Summer in Mediterranean Spain

June 21, or …

The Most Romantic Day in Spain? A Book and a Rose for April

The Most Romantic Day in Spain? A Book and a Rose for April

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 …

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