Category Archives: Tourism Spain

The Passage Tombs of the Sierra Carpurias, Zamora, Spain

If I needed proof beyond his writings of Oxford professor Barry Cunliffe’s theory that from the Neolithic onwards Europe’s Atlantic seaboard shared a common culture, I found it lately amongst the wheat fields and evergreen oaks of north-western Spain’s province of … Continue reading

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The Humble Talo

In the parts of northern Spain I frequent (the Basque provinces of Alava and Guipúzcoa) one of the simplest and most delicious foods is the talo. Consisting of a thick cornbread tortilla wrapped around chorizo, chistorra, cheese or even chocolate, … Continue reading

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The Spanish Christmas Lottery — Wouldn’t Happen in Norway!

My powers of predicting the future are normally in the range of slim to non-existent but I can foretell what the main news will be here in Spain tomorrow, December 22, 2014. For this day is the day of the Spanish Christmas … Continue reading

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The Garden of Whimsy

The Parque de el Capricho is Madrid’s only garden from the Romantic period. Its name means something like “The Garden of Whimsy” or “Garden of Caprice”. I prefer the former, for the garden is indeed whimsical, without displaying any of … Continue reading

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The Running of the Bulls

You know you’re living in a foreign country when you turn on the TV of a morning and instead of the usual news programme, you have live coverage of a bull run. This week has been Sanfermines (the feast of … Continue reading

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