Spain

Mothers Day Pairings: Rioja & the Women in Your Life

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 17, 2017

This Mother’s Day, whether you’re welcoming a new mom or celebrating the wisdom of a grandmother, Rioja has the perfect wine pairings for every madre. We’ve even made it easier by offering up some perfect pairings. For the new mom   She’s likely busy, tired and overwhelmed, so introduce her to Rioja Blanco, a wine […]

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Flowers and Flames Greet Spring in Valencia

by Susan McKee on March 3, 2014

Bam! I saw the firecracker flash just before I heard it. Pop! Pow! Bam! The trio of explosions echoed off the office buildings lining the narrow downtown street. The boys throwing the noisemakers toward my feet then giggled and ran off. I stepped over the still-smoking debris and continued on my way. It was just […]

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Photo Friday: La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 21, 2014

Cathedral Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

In a combination of quirky architecture juxtaposed with religious consecration and symbolism, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, the basilica combines Gothic and Art Nouveau elements to create a project that defies explanation. La Sagrada Familia is not a cathedral, that’s a specific designation given to […]

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Photo Friday: Arenas de Barcelona

by El-El on December 13, 2013

Arenas de Barcelona

It may still look like the bullring that it was in a previous life, but the Arenas de Barcelona is now a shopping and business complex near the Placa d’Espanya. Bull fighting was never popular in Barcelona, and it was banned completely in 2012, so for much of its life, this bull ring sat empty […]

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Photo Friday: Barcelona Airport, Spain

by El-El on November 29, 2013

Barcelona Airport

Barcelona’s El Prat Airport (BCN) is located about seven and half miles from the city center, and is the second largest airport in Spain (behind Madrid). It is the primary airport in Catalonia and primarily serves domestic Spain routes along with European and North African destinations, with more limited service to North America. It the 9th […]

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Photo Friday: National Museum of Art in Catalonia

by El-El on September 27, 2013

National Museum of Art in Catalonia

Housed within the Palau Nacional, a huge complex dating back to the 1920s, the National Museum of Art in Catalonia is known for its impressive collection of Romanesque church paintings along with Catalan art and design dating back to the late 19th century. Organized by collections, you can wander the entire museum or pick a […]

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San Antontio De La Florida: Home To Goya’s Masterpiece

by Guest Contributor on August 5, 2013

TTW suitcase

The San Antonio De La Florida in Madrid, or the Royal Chapel of St.Anthony of La Florida is a chapel in central Madrid, most famous for its frescoes painted by Francisco de Goya. It’s also his final resting place, with his remains being moved there some time after his death. Due to its fame, a […]

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The Magic of Tibidabo, Barcelona

by lisam on May 3, 2012

Tibidabo Carousel

Haec omnia tibi dabo si cadens adoraveris me. Latin scholars know that the words “tibi dabo” mean “I’ll give you,” and that the sentence means “All of this I will give to you if you fall down and worship me.”  Biblical historians tells us that Satan stood on top of a mountain and said these […]

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Festivals in Spain

by Rita Cook on April 30, 2012

Las Fallas - Courtesy of Valencia Tourism Board

For festivals, look no further than the country of Spain for an exciting reason to celebrate.  With as many as 50 festivals to celebrate thoughout the year, a person could literally take in a festival somewhere in Spain just about any week of the year.  For me, I have my favorites for no particular reason other than when […]

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Barcelona Art: The World of Gaudi

by Rita Cook on April 27, 2012

Architecture by Gaudi-Courtesy of Barcelona Turisme

When I think of Barcelona, Spain, the thought of Antoni Gaudi, the Catalonian architect born in 1852, always comes to mind. After all, the city is covered in the man’s work.  In fact, Gaudi’s work over the years has irrevocably influenced the face of Barcelona architecture like none other before or after. Influenced primarily by nature, […]

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