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September 23, 2016 Marita AcostaLeave a comment
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As one of the great hsitoric cities of the world, the capital of Hungary feels naturally cinematic (and certainly the locals are film buffs par excellence). Over the years, Budapest has served as a go-to for filmmakers both local and international, indie and Hollywood. Keep reading
September 22, 2016 Iberia AirlinesLeave a comment
-Cuatro Vientos Airport, 22 September 1946
“Good afternoon, sir. Would you be so kind as to step on the scale…”
“Scale?? To weigh me? Why?”
“Maintaining total weight control on a flight is very important.”
The airport employee continues smiling, expectantly. So of course I comply. 195 pounds. I have to go on a diet. Again.
“And, excuse me, but how long will the flight will be?” Keep reading
September 20, 2016 José Alejandro AdamuzLeave a comment
photo | aodaodaodaod
Glorious old Granada, Andalusia is on the small side as Spanish cities go (pop. 238,000), and its city coat of arms declares it to be “noble, loyal, renowned, great, celebrated, and heroic”. I’d also add to that lovely, artistic, and with even with a touch of mystery to it – and if that weren’t enough, some sunsets to die for (that was former U.S. president Bill Clinton‘s feeling after taking in the view from the famous hillside San Nicolás Overlook).
There’s plenty more, of course. One of the great (and last) capitals of Moorish al-Andalus boasts fabulous gardens, fountains, and palaces such as the mythic Alhambra. In winter, the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains are a treat for lovers of winter sports. It’s not wonder Granada is one of Spain‘s most popular tourism destinations. But I bet you didn’t know that Granada really rocks – in fact, this city also famous for its locally crafted guitars considered by aficionados to have a special place in Spanish pop music as the country’s premier indie-rock-music scene. Think of it as kinda like Spain’s Seattle.
September 19, 2016 José BalidoLeave a comment
photo | David Kay
The United States can claim a number of marvelous destinations that offer a unique sense of place, attractions, and traditions: Key West, South Miami Beach, New Orleans – and New Mexico’s petite capital, Santa Fe (pop. 68,000, metro 144,000). Founded by Spanish colonists in 1610 in an area settled by Pueblo tribes as early as the 11th century, La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís (The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi), was conquered by the USA in the 1846 Mexican-American War. With such a rich history, today Santa Fe delivers a fascinating mix of colonial, pre-colonial, and Old West ambiance. Keep reading
September 16, 2016 David Paul AppellLeave a comment
photo | Jekurantodistaja
Ach, du liebe! It’s that sudsy time of year again, as Germany’s Oktoberfest is upon us. When many of us think “beer”, Deutschland naturally springs readily to mind – and for some, perhaps also Belgium, known for some distinctive brews of its own. But after more than a quarter century recovering from its unfortunate 20th-century stint behind the Iron Curtain of the Cold War decades and resulting beer-industry degradation, the beer-pioneering Czechs are once again coming into their own as a beer destination – and indeed, a world brewing power. Keep reading
September 15, 2016 José BalidoLeave a comment
photo | Dieter Mueller
When I started visiting one of Cuba’s earliest settlements (founded in 1514), down in the central south coast some five or so hours from Havana, in the late 1990s, Trinidad was a sleepy little colonial gem in the rough – as in, fairly shabby like most other Cuban towns, seemingly trapped in amber, even smaller feeling than its population of a little over 70,000.
The colonial quarter was all about cobblestone streets lined with those retro old U.S. cars parked in front of low-slung, late-colonial homes and shops (cigars, art and tourist kitsch especially prominent) with red-terracotta-tile roofs, some also with façades in pastel colours adorned with wrought-iron or wooden window grilles. Many other Cuban towns and cities have no shortage of similarly charming archictecture, but here it felt more like a “time capsule” from its early-19th-century heyday than any place outside Old Havana – so perfectly preserved it’s long been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
September 14, 2016 María José Cortés LamasLeave a comment
Unless you’re a dedicated aficionado of French Impressionism and/or 19th-century art history, you’d be excused for not being familiar with the name of Monsieur Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) – even though you may very well recognise a work or two of his, such as 1877’s Paris Street, Rainy Weather, above, in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Keep reading
September 13, 2016 Marita AcostaLeave a comment
photo | Hernán Piñera
And so, slowly, Woman 10 emerges from the shining waters, as if in slow motion, revealing the relativity of time. Like a muse of the “painter of light,” Sorolla, bathed in the sun’s rays where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic, calm and temptuousness, warmth and vigour.
We’re convinced that you really, really need a holiday in the sunsplashed Andalusian province of Cádiz, with its graceful eponymous capital city and nearby Jerez de la Frontera. But not for the obvious reasons – or at least not just for the obvious reasons. We’re talking about its wild beaches; its undulating dunes; its enchanting string of towns and villages, especially the white hill towns; its world-famous sherry and port wineries. And the people here, called gaditanos, are known for their grace and humour. But in addition to a delight for visitors – who might sometimes feel like they’re on a movie set – Cádiz sometimes becomes an actual movie set, as it has proved to be catnip for filmmakers over the years. Keep reading
September 12, 2016 David Paul AppellLeave a comment
photo | thipjang
Truly, everyone’s experience of the Land of the Rising Sun should include its “thousand year capital”, in a valley in central Honshu island – the city that the seat of power for far longer than Tokyo has been, and a bullet-train ride of just an hour and 20 minutes away. These days Kyoto ranks just eighth in population at 1.5 million (though it’s also part of the sprawling Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metro region, with more than 19 million). Keep reading
September 9, 2016 José BalidoLeave a comment
This Sunday of course marks the 15th anniversary of one of the USA’s most traumatic events of the post-World-War-II period: the Islamic terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. And it’s the second such anniversary in which the Freedom Tower, the skyscraper that replaced those doomed Twin Towers is open to the public. Keep reading