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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Legends and Myths on the Road to Santiago

by Rita Cook on April 26, 2012

Pilgrims-Courtesy Tourist Office of Spain in Miami

While many folks have heard of the Road to Santiago and it’s a to-do on many a  bucket list, the truth is that unless you have a lot of time on your hands you will likely not do the roughly 500-mile stretch of road in one trip.  Instead you might do it stages over the […]


According to the old saying, ‘the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain’. Well, that’s a myth; in fact, the rain in Spain falls mainly in Cantabria. I will admit that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but it does mean that you might very well encounter some wet weather in the […]

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Cider Houses & Tapas in Asturias, Spain

by Katy Stewart on April 17, 2012


Paella and sangria may be the quintessential Spanish meal, but in one area of Spain, you’re more likely to be tucking into bean casserole and drinking cider.  Asturias, a principality on Spain’s northern coast, is not somewhere widely known to tourists outside of Spain. While it has long been a summer retreat for Spanish monarchs, […]


Granada: Echoes of the Moors

by Susan McKee on April 10, 2012

Like countless visitors to southern Spain before me, I stood next to the Alhambra, spread out on the plateau rising above the modern city of Granada, listening for whispers from the ghosts of centuries past.  Looking out over the rooftops of the town, I could see the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance, still snowcapped […]


Every Room is Different at This Madrid Hotel

by Rita Cook on April 2, 2012

White Room

Madrid’s Hotel Silken Puerta America is located in an Art Deco building about 15 minutes from the Madrid Barajas International Airport.  The 12-story building of red, purple, yellow, and orange, is the only hotel of its kind in the world and an art lover’s paradise.  The exterior of the hotel was designed by the French architect Jean […]


Hundreds of Beaches on the Island of Majorca

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 13, 2011

Mallorca @ night

The island of Majorca offers hundreds of beaches making it a one-stop destination for beach-loving vacationers.  Majorca (also spelled Mallorca) has long been popular with European beach lovers, and it’s starting to be discovered by North Americans looking for an island that provides a little slice of heaven. The island has hundreds of beaches, so […]


The Beaches of Fuerteventura

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 8, 2011

Fuerteventura surfing, Canary Islands

With white and black sand beaches, year round sunshine, and ridiculously warm weather, Fuerteventura, Spain offers visitors terrific year-round surfing, sailing, diving, sport fishing, and all sorts of adventure both on land and water.  Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, owned by Spain and located about 63 miles off the coast of Africa. There […]


Island Honeymoon on Gran Canaria

by Jenni Ingersoll on May 13, 2011

RoqueNublo Gran Canaria

When it was disclosed that Prince William and Kate were off enjoying their honeymoon at a private  villa on an island in the Indian Ocean, island vacations became an overnight sensation.  Being curious, I too began investigating, searching for island destinations that might be worthy of a royal couple.  Like Christopher Columbus before me, I […]