Category Archives for "Spain"

Jun 30

The Sleeping Chestnut: A Treehouse for Grown-ups in Galicia Spain

By Abi King | Spain

El Castaño Dormilón Along the curves and swerves of Spain’s secret Galician coastline, the nights arrive so peacefully, even the chestnut trees fall asleep. I wrote not long ago about my first impressions of Galicia: Spain’s most northwestern point. A network of sleepy fishing villages, wild clifftops with lighthouses and jagged, ragged inland rias, a three […]

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Jun 19

Looking for Unspoilt Spain? Try Galicia, 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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Nov 15

Tasty Tapas in San Sebastian Spain (But Shhh! It’s really called pintxos)

By Abi King | Spain

Tapas in San SebastianSpeak to many about San Sebastian and one of the first things that comes up is the food.Great, creative, mouth-watering food.There’s tapas on the table tops, they tell you, tapas on the bars,Tapas in the restaurants, and tapas in the stars.(Well, something along those lines. It is the kind of food to […]

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Feb 22

Gaudi, Barcelona – Not Just the Sagrada Familia

By Abi King | Spain

Gaudi, Barcelona   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… Gaudi’s work defines Barcelona – in pictures, postcards, storybooks and stone. Gaudi: Barcelona’s genius boy and local lad made […]

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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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