Category Archives for "South Europe"

Dec 07

What The Balenciaga Museum Near San Sebastian Spain Teaches Us About Success

By Abi King | Spain

The Balenciaga Museum, as you might expect, is about fashion and the museum presents outfits like rare jewels.

Yet even if fashion is not your strength (as indeed, it’s not mine,) there’s plenty to intrigue and inspire.

The time capsule of social history is one: seeing waistlines and silhouettes change in tune with women earning the right to vote, to enter certain professions and to show a little more flesh.

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Jun 11

Walking Portugal’s Coast: Beautiful Alentejo

By Abi King | South Europe , Western Europe

  WALKING IN PORTUGAL: THE ALENTEJO COAST Europe has plenty of surprises hidden up her sleeve, but one that caught me completely unawares lately was the Alentejo Coast in Portugal. Portugal’s Algarve, of course, is well known. It has sandy beaches, skyscrapers, scooped out waterways and hidden spots to boot. Further up north is Alentejo, […]

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May 04

Mahon Gin: How Xoriguer Teaches the History of Menorca

By Abi King | Food , Spain

 Menorca threw several surprises my way last week. Wild flowers, for one, with fields flush with poppies, violets and periwinkles all dancing like hippies in the sun. There were bronze age settlements for another, and olive oil-soaked cheese, cured lovingly by hand and made from milk gathered freshly that morning. With Spain, I’d expected tortilla and […]

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Nov 12

Ggantija Temples Gozo: Older than the Pyramids and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Europe

By Abi King | South Europe , Western Europe

  The Ggantija Temples in Gozo: UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malta A visit to the Ggantija Temples Gozo reveals a culture older than the ancient Egyptians with some fantastic names to boot.  One of the best things about the characters in the Maltese language is that the words make every glance at the map feel […]

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Oct 27

The Candle Festival Malta – What visiting Birgufest is like

By Abi King | South Europe , Western Europe

  Birgufest: The Candle Festival of Malta The Candle Festival of Malta has an official name: Birgufest but it’s the light of thousands of flickering candles that people remember the most. Here’s what it’s like to walk through the streets of Birgu, Vittoria, during the candle festival. And how you can do it yourself.  I […]

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May 17

Asturias Points of Interest – A Beautiful, Overlooked Part of Spain

By Abi King | Spain

Everything’s still, save for a breeze so slight it’s invisible until it reaches the window and makes the curtains sigh. I hear railway sounds from another century, a whistle and muted metal clanging, before the landscape of northern Spain picks itself up and learns to glide by.

I’m not used to seeing hedgerows at right angles and beaches with vertical shorelines…

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