Tag Archives: Spain

Photoblog: Carnival Celebrations All Around the World


// It’s that time of the year again! Flamboyant costumes, larger-than-life parades and colorful street parties: Carnival is an annual festive season celebrated in various corners of the world. What started out as a Roman Catholic festival is now a massive party. One of my favorite events of the year (next to Christmas), the Carnival [...]

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Photoblog: The Moroccan Seaside in White and Blue

Panorama of Asilah

// Approaching Asilah from far, we see a jumble of square buildings topped with blue domes, enclosed within the sand-colored Medina walls. Reflecting the colors of the balmy sea, the town of Asilah is bathed in a blanket of white and blue, dotted by the occasional brown brick houses and honey-colored mosques.Men with burly beards, [...]

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6 Ideal Driving Tour Destinations


// Imagine cruising along the coastal highway and getting to your destination just in time for sunset – driving tours often give travelers the kind of freedom and flexibility that you can’t get while backpacking. They allow you to explore at your own leisurely pace, in the comfort of your own vehicle. There are plenty [...]

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Holy Week (Easter) in Seville, Spain


Easter in Spain is an extraordinary affair: instead of the western Easter bunny-and-eggs celebrations, Holy Week here is looked upon in a religious light. Last week, the whole of Seville was lit up with faint candle lights and larger-than-life figures of Jesus Christ and a weeping Virgin Mary. Seville’s Semana Santa celebrations are …

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7 Unconventional Budget Ski Destinations in Europe


// Skiing on the cheap, really? In Europe? No, I’m not kidding. Look harder and you’ll find several budget options that can make the stingiest of all skiers a happy man. Forget about the Alps, look towards Central and Eastern Europe where small but economical ski stations hide under thick blankets of snow and well-maintained [...]

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Culture: Street Performers in Madrid

Street performer on his trumpet in downtown Madrid

// Buskers rule in Europe, especially in Madrid where artists, musicians and hippies take to the streets. Take a stroll around downtown Madrid on a Sunday and you’ll see the vibrant busking scene come alive. During a recent weekend stay in Madrid, we relived those days spent wandering through its labyrinth-like downtown while living in [...]

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Photoblog: Best Places for a View in Granada, Spain


// My second home, Granada, is a city poised on undulating slopes with Moorish towers and Catholic spires poking through its skyline, with the white mountain range of Sierra Nevada looming in the background.Because of its hilly terrain, there is a plethora of panoramic spots to take in a bird’s eye view of the city. [...]

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Top 6 Destinations for Cultural Immersion


// There are so many ways to travel. Whether you’re on a culinary tour around Italy, or ice-climbing in Patagonia, different travelers have their own style of travelling.  A cultural immersion often allows you to delve deeper into the soul of a country than a weekend holidaymaker usually would. Instead of standard sight-seeing, visitors would [...]

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8 of the Best Beaches in Europe

// I’m dipping my toes in crystal clear waters while my hair gets powdered up with fine sand. I’m in Europe – no castles or cathedrals, just enjoying the sun on a slice of paradise. Whether it’s a secluded bay with emerald surfs slamming on sandstone cliffs, or wide stretches of golden sand glimmering with [...]

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Guest Post: Lanzarote’s Historical Background


As I spend the week traversing volcanic paths and soaking up some sun at Los Zocos Resort, on the island of Lanzarote, fellow travel author Nick Ball has offered to share some background on Lanzarote’s entangled past. Nick is proud to call Lanzarote home and is the author of Lanzarote Guidebook, a free …

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Volcanoes and Modern Art: Lanzarote

View from our balcony

I woke up this morning with the view of a looming volcano ahead. We are at Los Zocos Club Resort the Spanish island of Lanzarote. Although we’re not on the seafront, our balcony opens up to a view of the estate’s pool and a towering volcano in the background. Not bad at all. …

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Día de los Reyes: the Spanish 3 Kings’ Day in Granada


Bright lights, extravagant parades and streets decked out in a festive mood – we celebrated the Día de Los Reyes Magos in Granada, our new home. The Three Kings Day, taking place on the 6th January each year, marks the peak as well as the end of Christmas. While the rest of the …

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El Berguedà: Adventures in the Catalunya Mountains

View from Rasos de Peguera

For mountaineering enthusiasts and alpine experts, El Berguedà is a perfectly sculpted mountainous region where adventure and tranquility go hand in hand. Just 1 and a half hours away from Barcelona, El Berguedà is the quieter alternative to the Pyrenees – no traffic or crowds, just the rolling mountains and misty horizons …

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7 Weird Christmas Traditions Around the World

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It’s that time of the year again. Sleigh bells, Christmas carols and Santa Claus – there’re always part of our Christmas celebrations. But did you know that in different corners of the world, Christmas is celebrated differently?  While I’m in Dresden, East Germany, celebrating Christmas with a good friend and playing with snow, …

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Catalan Culinary Education


Food, food, food – Catalonia is all about food. Of course there are also fabulous beaches, Gaudi art and the Pyrenees mountain range. But mostly, it’s about food. As one of Spain’s best known gastronomic province, Catalonia is home to the country’s best chefs  and exclusive Michelin-rated restaurants. We set out on Day …

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