Emerita Augusta – Mérida, Spain

Emerita Augusta – Mérida, Spain

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Mérida, Spain | No Comments

Mérida is the Capital city of the Extremadura Region of Spain, one of the country’s least visited and least populated (about 3%) regions. The summers are hot and dry. The winters are long and wet. The Extremadura is famous for the Spanish Conquistadors, Hernàn Cortès and Francisco Pizarro, the two conquerors who wiped out the […]

Waking up the ghosts of the Spanish Civil War

Waking up the ghosts of the Spanish Civil War

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Madrid, Spain | No Comments

Dr. Almudena Cros stands in the center of the Plaza Mayor, the 17th century centerpiece of old Madrid. She opens a large portfolio and turns the pages to a photo from 1931. King Alfonso XIII had just abdicated the throne and a crowd of over excited citizens have just toppled the 17th century statue of […]

2012 – Palma de Majorca on Majorca Island

2012 – Palma de Majorca on Majorca Island

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Majorca, Spain | No Comments

In our many visits to Spain, till now, we’ve never landed in any of the Balearic Islands. Maybe it was the reputation of the Ibiza, the “Gomorrah of the Mediterranean”. We thought the endless electronic dance beat and flashing neon virus invaded all the Balearic Islands. We were wrong. Majorca is quite the opposite. Maybe that’s […]

2010 – Andalucia; Costa Del Sol, Jerez, Carmona, Cordoba, Seville

2010 – Andalucia; Costa Del Sol, Jerez, Carmona, Cordoba, Seville

Costa Del Sol We’ve been flying a lot of short hops around Europe. EasyJet is our favorite and they are usually very dependable but they had a problem getting a fuel truck to the plane in Milan and when it was all over, we arrived to the airport at Malaga close to 2 hours late. […]

2010 – Andalucia; Gibraltar and the UK

2010 – Andalucia; Gibraltar and the UK

Posted by on Jul 24, 2010 in Andalusia, Gibraltar, Spain, UK | No Comments

Although Gibraltar is technically in Spain, it’s really not, at least according the British. Gibraltar has been in the hands of the British since the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, after the war of the Spanish Succession, when Great Britain, the Netherlands, Portugal, the House of Savoy and the Holy Roman Empire drew swords against France […]

2009 – Andalucia; Granada, Ronda, Seville

2009 – Andalucia; Granada, Ronda, Seville

Posted by on Sep 6, 2009 in Andalusia, Granada, Ronda, Seville, Spain | No Comments

There’s an old Spanish folktale about Roderic, the last Visigoth King of Spain before the Moor Invasion. According to the legend, there was a Secret Tower, hidden from all mankind, secured from entry by 26 secretly made locks. The Tower was created to hold a secret that no-one should ever discover. Unfortunately for the Visigoths, […]

2009 – Valencia Spain, City of Arts and Sciences

2009 – Valencia Spain, City of Arts and Sciences

Posted by on Sep 3, 2009 in Spain, Valencia | No Comments

Valencia is the 3rd largest city is Spain; over 800,000 people. It’s got beaches, an old historic city, a very large bull fighting ring, streets filled with high end shopping, a Cathedral that houses the “holy grail” and the amazing City of Arts and Sciences designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. The is the city […]

2007 – Barcelona and the Pigeon Poop scam

2007 – Barcelona and the Pigeon Poop scam

Posted by on Aug 25, 2007 in Barcelona, Catalan, Spain | No Comments

Barcelona We’re very familiar with this city. We’ve been coming here since 1994 and every couple of years we come back if for no other reason than to see the progress on the Sagrada Familia church. Antoni Gaudi started working on this church in 1882 and spent the last 15 years of his life working […]

2007 – Andalucia Spain

2007 – Andalucia Spain

Posted by on Aug 20, 2007 in Andalusia, Cordoba, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain | No Comments

Cordoba The first thing we discovered out about Cordoba is what wasn’t there, primarily, the street signs. If you look very carefully on some of the streets you might find two small tiles, one of the old street name and one of the new street name. But if you’re driving in a car, it’s almost […]

2007 – Madrid; Plaza Mayor, Puerto del Sol and the Prado

2007 – Madrid; Plaza Mayor, Puerto del Sol and the Prado

Posted by on Aug 18, 2007 in Madrid, Spain | No Comments

15-August-2007. A couple of weeks ago we read about soaring heat, a blackout in Barcelona, an oil spill in the Mediterranean and giant schools of jellyfish lurking off the beaches waiting for the August holiday to bring them lots of fleshy bathers. It didn’t look like a good time for a visit to Spain. And […]

2005 – Barcelona, the city of Antoni Gaudi and the Modernistas

2005 – Barcelona, the city of Antoni Gaudi and the Modernistas

Posted by on Aug 23, 2005 in Barcelona, Catalan, Spain | No Comments

It’s a short 1.5 hour drive to Barcelona from Costa Brava. Our car rental agreement had us dropping the car off at the Estacio-Sants (train station) by 1:30pm. No problem finding the train station, but finding the ATESA car rental return always seemed to take a really long time. Still, we parked the car in […]

2005 – Tarragona and Catalan Costa Brava

2005 – Tarragona and Catalan Costa Brava

Posted by on Aug 17, 2005 in Catalan, Spain, Tarragona | No Comments

We’re at a Modernista country home originally designed by Lluis Domenech I Montaner and now restored to the beautiful Mas Passamaner hotel. It’s way the fuck out in the country about 25 km north of Tarragona but, with the exception of the flies, it’s a good place to relax for a couple of days. Montaner […]