San Fermin: The Running of the Bulls

The minute anyone hears "Pamplona" - the word, the name, the place - they tend to think immediately of the Running of the Bulls, a rather insane festival that was popularized and that attained near mythic status in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. When scheduling my trip to Europe, I didn't realize that my itinerary would... Continue Reading →

Visiting Madrid… and liking it!

While sharing my itinerary and chatting with other travellers, I was advised that I had scheduled too much time for Madrid. “It’s big,” people pointed out, “but not that great. There’s nothing to do.” I always find it strange when people say there’s nothing to do in a city – each city has residents and... Continue Reading →

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 →

Walking Through Seville

Seville was the perfect city to continue my trend of free walking tours. Picked up by the guide at our hostel, Victoria and I headed towards the meeting point located in the square outside of City Hall. We had been hoping for a small group, but as we drew close we saw that there were... 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 →

Cordoba

I had been planning to visit Malaga for a few days in the sun after my visit to Granada but swapped it out for Cordoba after being advised that it was a beautiful city that shouldn’t be missed. I stayed at the wonderful Bed & Be Hostel, located on a quiet pedestrian street and decorated... 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 →

Granada

I am a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain. I’ve read his books, watched his TV shows and have, generally, been amused by his antics. I was a bit surprised, yet intrigued, when he switched networks to CNN and episodes of Parts Unknown started airing. Season 2, Episode 2 – simply titled “Spain” – was one... Continue Reading →

The Alhambra

Granada is home to what is, apparently, Spain’s most visited national monument: The Alhambra. Its life started as a small fortress in the 9th century until being rebuilt and expanded by the Moorish kings, starting in the 11th century. It was further expanded during the “Reconquista” – the time immediately preceding the Moorish period, when... Continue Reading →

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