Category Archives for "Spain"

Aug 29

The Real Capital of Spain: Toledo

By Abi King | Spain

Toledo, Spain, lies only a short distance from Madrid yet I’d highly recommend heading there for more than a day trip. Here’s why. The Road to Toledo, Spain Truth be told, I wasn’t enjoying the journey. Instead, I was feeling pretty sick. Swerving, albeit at a slumbering pace, around hairpin bends while brimming with not-so-morning morning […]

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Jul 31

Sargadelos and the Authentic Side of Spain

By Abi King | Spain

Sargadelos and the Authentic Side of Spain They say to really get to know a place, you need to know its ceramics. Well, alright, perhaps they don’t say that, whoever or whomever “they” may be. But in my experience, local food and handicrafts shine a spotlight on a place’s culture in less time than it […]

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Jun 19

Galicia, Spain. The Salty Sea Dog of the North

By Abi King | Spain

Galicia, Spain: The Salty Northern Sea Coast Of course, every coast is salty. But northwest Spain’s Galician coastline seems the saltiest of all: its landscape licked into shape by the churning, whirling waves, its cuisine at one with the sea and its architecture, history and general attitude shaped by the way that surf reaches the […]

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May 12

The Shakespeare of Spain: Cervantes and Don Quixote

By Abi King | Spain

Back in the time when men wore tights and puffy-ruffled adornments around their neck, the world of literature exploded. In England, Shakespeare’s plays strutted across the Globe. In Spain, Miguel Cervantes published the world’s first novel. That should probably read as arguably published the world’s first novel, since when it comes to world firsts, people […]

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Dec 07

The Balenciaga Museum: The Secret of Success

By Abi King | Spain

Pin Now, Read Later The Balenciaga Museum, Spain It’s a blustery Sunday morning on the day we sweep around the coast. Tawny rocks lead to wet sands where the waves and spray have carved arrow-headed tiger stripes across the beach. A lone man walks a dog and the waves carry chevron markings in heavy grey […]

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Apr 26

49 Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

By Abi King | Spain

49 Interesting Facts About Spain Did you know that… 1 – It rains. Especially in Asturias and the Basque Country in the north. 2 – There’s snow, too. In fact, you can ski in the Pyrenees and also take to the slopes down south near Granada. 3 – Not everyone eats paella. It’s a Valencia […]

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Feb 22

5 Things You Need to Know About Gaudi, Barcelona

By Abi King | Spain

Gaudi, Barcelona When it comes to Gaudi, Barcelona is the place to start. When it comes to Barcelona, Gaudi’s impact never ends. From the stone-melted spires of the Sagrada Familia, all shrouded in scaffolding and scuff-marked by crowds, to the swirling cream chimney tops of the Casa Mila to the cheeky blue lizard that slides down Parc Guell… […]

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Feb 08

Art in Madrid: Think Twice

By Abi King | Spain

 Looking Twice at Art in Madrid Pin now, read later. This is an article I’ve tried to write a thousand times. Or ten at the very least and that’s long enough for me. Rarer still, I’ve navel gazed, wondering after drafts one, two, three (and the rest) what it is about art in Madrid that slows […]

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Jan 08

Art in Madrid: Guernica

By Abi King | Spain

I first heard about Guernica beneath the flowered canopy in the scorched back garden, as citrus scents from orange and lemon trees drifted through the air. In between fumbling with ser and estar (to be for a while or to be for eternity in Spain,) my politically-minded tutor talked about local boy Picasso Picasso and Guernica […]

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Oct 08

A Pop of Colour in Madrid’s Literary Quarter

By Abi King | Spain

Madrid’s Literary Quarter In the “literary quarter” in Madrid, poetry spills across the streets in flattened golden letters. Bodegas serve cerveza, bitter green olives and fried potato til near the break of dawn. And nuns still keep their silence behind the red brick walls of a nunnery that’s centuries old. A fine-muscled statue of Cervantes, […]

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