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Bucolic Drives in Green Cantabria, Spain

December 16, 2014 - Sin comentarios

The rolling, green north of Spain is a whole different flavour than the south - and the north itself comes different flavours, depending on the area. The autonomous community of Cantabria is a case in point - a lovely place with not only the so...Leer más

Delving Into Delft

December 15, 2014 - Sin comentarios

Amsterdam is justly celebrated for, among other things, its canals. But if any Dutch canal city (and there are quite a few) can lay claim to being even more picture-postcard-perfect, it's Delft, about an hour's drive away. The city's canal he...Leer más

A Spain Wine Region Primer

December 10, 2014 - Sin comentarios

Vino in the Iberian Peninsula predates even the Romans, the Greek colonies before them, and the Phoenicians before them. But the phylloxera plague of the mid to late 19th century and political instability (including the devastating civil war) in t...Leer más

Portugal’s Riviera, the Refined “Nose” of Europe

December 8, 2014 - Sin comentarios

If Portugal can be thought of as the "face" of Europe thanks to the shape of its coastline, as early-20th-century Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa once wrote, its nasal appendage would have to be the so-called Portuguese Riviera, a few kilometres s...Leer más

Touring Tasty Turin

December 3, 2014 - Sin comentarios

Here near France at the foot of the Alps, the capital of Piedmont is handsome, classy, wealthy, bon vivant, and has plenty of marvelous sights and landmarks. And yet despite some amount of international exposure - as the home of the Shroud of Tur...Leer más

Almería’s Remarkable Cabo de Gata Natural Park

December 2, 2014 - Sin comentarios

Out on Spain's southeast corner, in the province of Almería, Andalusia, this is one of the country's most singular landscapes, thanks to its mix of volcanic origin, semi-desert climate, fauna found nowhere else, and a shoreline full of dramatic ...Leer más

Dublin’s Dark Pride: Guinness Beer (and Its Playground)

November 26, 2014 - Sin comentarios

The tap opens and out it pours, with all the excited little bubbles coursing to the surface and the spongy-looking white foam threatening to overflow the glass. You bring it to the lips and take a sip neither too dip nor too dainty. Have a chat w...Leer más

Barcelona’s Montjuïch a Mountain of Culture

November 25, 2014 - Sin comentarios

The great city of Barcelona is bookended by two great hills, Tibidabo to the north and broad, low Montjuïc to the southwest, and the latter offers not only great views out over the city but a slew of cultural options that make it and its surround...Leer más

Great Maestros of Spanish Art

November 19, 2014 - Sin comentarios

When we talk about destinations and culture in Spain, art is of course an indelible part of that, and this country has been fortunate to have produced geniuses who've become household names and immortals of history. But many who are visiting for...Leer más

Revving Your Engine in Stuttgart, Germany

November 18, 2014 - Sin comentarios

If you think of Stuttgart,  most likely it's been with regard to cars (it is, after all, famously the home of Daimler Benz and Porsche), but truth to tell, this southwest city in Germany's Swabia region, 2½  hours from Munich by road and rail, ...Leer más

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