Tapas in Madrid

One of the things I’ve discovered during my travels in Spain is that every city, and region, seems to be quite different. Free tapas were the name of the game in Granada, which is part of Andalusia… but Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia, operated with the pay-for-tapa scheme. I can’t say that this is why... Continue Reading →

The Charming City of Porto

The city of Porto, or Oporto if you’re British, is the second largest in Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe. The main, touristy area, however is quite small and easily walkable… if you like hills. This seems to be a common refrain in Portugal, so any future visitors should be prepared! The... Continue Reading →

Lisbon Food Experiences

Portuguese food is… well, it kind of reminds me of Newfoundland food. Lots of potatoes. Lots of cod. Tons of cod, actually – the Portuguese are the greatest consumers of this fish and they never eat it fresh. Apparently their cod comes from Norway – or they know that’s how to answer the question when... Continue Reading →

Arriving in Seville!

Seville, or Sevilla to the locals, is the capital of the Andalusian region and one of the largest cities in Spain. It was one of the most important Spanish cities during the years of the Spanish Empire, an economic powerhouse that received many of the goods and treasures from its far flung colonies. I took... Continue Reading →

Tapas in Granada

Warning: food pictures ahead. Tapas… Granada… it’s a combination that just makes sense. Apparently tapas were invented in Granada – whether that is true or not, I’m not quite sure – and this is one of few cities in Spain that still maintain the old, time honoured tradition of a free snack with your drink.... Continue Reading →

Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and was an optional stop on the Busabout route between Barcelona and Madrid. A few of us hopped off the bus, curious about what we would find. I was told the Old Town was nice enough, the City of Arts and Sciences was futuristic and cool and... Continue Reading →

Spanish Cooking Experience with the Travel Bar

One of Busabout’s recommended partners in Barcelona is a company, catering primarily to backpackers and exchange students, imaginatively named the Travel Bar. They have a variety of offerings, ranging from walking tours to bike tours to snorkeling trips, plus they operate several bars within Barcelona’s core. One excursion that most of us on the coach... Continue Reading →

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