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5 Ways to Live Like A Local in Seville

Bonus Tip: People do actually wear these polka-dot dresses in Seville 5 Ways to Live […]

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Catalonia near Tamariu

Cuban Songs & Independence in Catalonia

The song sounded soulful but also a little sad. The man’s voice, with a tremor likely absent in his youth, addressed the crowd as though we were but one.

One person. A girl. A friend. A home. I couldn’t quite be sure, losing words as they…

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Coloured houses in Girona as Catalonia campaigns for independence and the use of the word "home"

Girona: Short and Sweet

I love the medieval city of Girona, although a city this size scarcely seems large […]

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Eating By Numbers: El Celler de Can Roca

In the space of five minutes, we’ve travelled through five countries: Mexico, Peru, Lebanon, Morocco and Korea.

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One Hundred and Sixty Eight Hours Later

Barcelona’s beachfront reveals what a difference a week can make…

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Barcelona and the Sands of Time

Today, I arrived in Barcelona. It’s not my first time but it has been a long time. And things have changed…

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Finding Forgotten Details – Seville Photos

I’ve been away from Seville for a long time. Not long enough to forget the sharp near salty tang of the local fino sherry, that bitter sensation that once warmed my throat like turpentine before seducing me with its subtler flavours. Not long enough to forget the…

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Churros and Chocolate – A Spanish Antidote for a Spanish Anecdote

People never believe me, but it’s not always sunny in Spain. Even in Seville, Europe’s hottest city, winters are COLD, COLD, COLD. Well, OK, probably only the one “cold” would have done…

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P-P-Pizza Ideas: The World’s Most Creative Pizzeria

“I’m not a cook. I’m a fixer man.”

It’s a striking opening line from anyone, but coming from Fabián Martín, it sounds particularly ominous…

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Spanish Artists – Capturing the Olympics

A man and a woman walk hand in hand through the speckled sunshine in Olot, Catalonia…

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Canyon Video with Canyoning Girls

The Canyon Video: Adrenaline, Neoprene & Plenty of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Just when you think you’ve done it all (Well most of it. A lot. At least half. OK, so some adventures at least) along comes something new. Welcome to canyoning…

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Hot Air Balloon Fire

Fire, Frost & Floating Across Volcanoes – A Hot Air Balloon Ride in Spain

A number of things are wrong. To begin with, I’m standing in a field surrounded by darkness, my mind pulling the duvet covers back over its head and mumbling into its pillow. Second, I’m…

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Hot Air Balloon Pictures – Above the Clouds in Spain

For years, the British weather thwarted my dream of floating above the earth in a hot air balloon. Today,

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Pizza in glass Fabian Martin in Catalonia

Adventure in the Pyrenees

Spain has more than one surprise tucked up its Mediterranean sleeve. In addition to the celebrated flamenco of the south, the controversial…

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Hospes Pattern wallpaper, Granada

A Luxury Hotel in Granada – Hospes Palacio de los Patos, An Independent Review

he Hospes Palacio de los Patos, a luxury hotel in Granada, has a story. Maybe even a story and a half.

Built in 1890 or so, as a grand expression of fine living in Granada, it quickly acquired the nickname of the “Palace of the Ducks” – a cheeky reference to…

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Beauty, Brutality & Motherhood – The Alhambra

In the scorching cauldron of Andalucia, the Sierra Nevada mountains rise up to tickle the skies and gather enough snow to cover the peaks for most of the year. Beneath them…

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red bull at formula one toro rosso

Formula One and the Illusion of Speed

Speed. It thrills when it’s loud, when it feels real, when it’s up close. Fast isn’t just about Formula One, it’s become the keyword for modern life. Faster internet connections, faster food, faster travel and faster friendships.

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Red Bull at the Valencia Formula One Grand Prix

The Valencia Grand Prix: Inside the Safety Car

Last year, I was lucky enough to travel inside the Formula One Paddock and interview Lotus race engineer Gianluca Pisanello.

This year, I bring you the view from the track from inside the safety car…

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Photos of the Arts & Sciences Complex in Valencia at Night

Valencia By Night

Valencia. By the hand of fortune, the destiny of throwing rotten tomatoes and

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Inside Seville Cathedral

When it came to first impressions, the inside of Seville’s sprawling cathedral left me cold. I saw gloom and scaffolding, dust and darkness, and the dreams and shadows of the Spanish Inquisition lurking behind the many locked gates and doors…

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