Visiting Spain

When not indulging in midday siestas (all the better for late-night partying) or bull runs (all the better for bragging rights), visitors absorb Barcelona’s Gaudí legacy and Madrid’s art offerings. For some, sangria and tapas comprise Spain’s most essential contributions—besides Picasso, of course. When not indulging in midday siestas (all the better for late-night partying) or bull runs (all the better for bragging rights), visitors absorb Barcelona’s Gaudí legacy and Madrid’s art offerings. For some, sangria and tapas comprise Spain’s most essential contributions—besides Picasso, of course.    Close

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Towards Astorga

Written by rufusni on 04 May, 2013

After some breakfast I picked up my rucksack and headed out. I had scouted out the evening before were the camino headed through the village and the road on which it left. It was a cool morning. We were heading out through flat farmland on…Read More


Heading to Villar de Mazarife

Written by rufusni on 03 May, 2013

Leaving Leon in the morning meant I left before most businesses really opened. The first part was interesting walking through streets looking at shop windows and businesses, watching people heard to school and work.Then over a railway bridge, more shops and businesses then a short…Read More


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A legacy of stone and art

Written by marif on 29 Mar, 2013

Via Laietana is a busy interconnecting thoroughfare that runs northwest from Barcelona’s seaport to Placa Urquinaona. Here, it changes its name to Carrer de Pau Claris and continues straight to Avinguda Diagonal, the city’s widest avenue and its most important commercial gateway. West of Via…Read More


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Soaking in the essence of Barcelona

Written by marif on 16 Feb, 2013

A one-mile stroll along La Rambla from Placa de Catalunya to the Monument a Colom takes less than an hour but the surprises and attractions that spring along the way make lingering around necessary if one wishes to relish the experience and get more than…Read More


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Barcelona: a city with diverse facets

Written by marif on 06 Feb, 2013

Madrid is undeniably a city of culture and art par excellence. The capital of Catalonia although likewise graced with scores of museums and artistic centres does not transmit a feeling of enlightenment or artistic enrichment that is so manifestly evident in Madrid. Coming to…Read More


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Shopping galore!

Written by marif on 29 Jan, 2013

Similar to other big cities like Paris or Berlin, Madrid has a dense concentration of shops as exceptional and diverse as to render shopping around a thrilling feat of exploration. Discovering the delights of shopping in the Spanish capital has become the aspiration of many…Read More


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Gaudi Gaudi

Written by FriscoFrank on 28 Jan, 2013

The Barcelona Airport information agent answered my question without hesitation, "See as many pieces of Gaudi's works as possible." Not the food, not the shopping, not even the famed Las Ramblas. I had done my homework, reading up for my trip. Architect and designer Antoni…Read More


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Flaming hot, yet green beyond expectations

Written by marif on 22 Jan, 2013

Heavily polluted with traffic smog, hot and dry like a desert for most of the year, bereft of invigorating breezes from the sea or the mountains and yet… Madrid is one of Europe’s greenest cities. The River Manzanares that passes through the capital is only…Read More


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Madrid: my first impressions - Part 2

Written by marif on 07 Jan, 2013

Madrid is an ideal winter destination. Winter in the Spanish capital is only a mild and short spell of cold weather with occasional outbreaks of rain and frost that never last more than a few days. Contrary to north European destinations where the winter season…Read More


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Madrid: my first impressions - Part 1

Written by marif on 22 Dec, 2012

Madrid in summer is an unbearable haunt of stifling hotness that leaves visitors breathless and takes away their enthusiasm for exploration and sightseeing. For this reason, well-off madrilenos (and most residents appear to fall in this category, showing that the economic recession in Spain seems…Read More


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