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SPECTACULAR SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, “SPANISH CAPITAL OF GASTRONOMY” FOR 2022!

SPECTACULAR SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, “SPANISH CAPITAL OF GASTRONOMY” FOR 2022! »

8 Dec, 2021
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Sanlúcar was chosen by INFUR the new Spanish Capital of Gastronomy for 2022, turning the charming city of Cadiz into the leading gastronomical platform in Spain for next year. The beauty of the city and its rich delicacies were not the only reasons for its selection, as the year 2022 will mark the celebration of the Fifth Centenary of the First Circumnavigation of the Globe by Magellan and Elcano. Who can ask for more?

BELENES: WHAT MAKES CHRISTMAS TRULY NAVIDAD!

BELENES: WHAT MAKES CHRISTMAS TRULY NAVIDAD! »

1 Dec, 2021
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In the Spain of the post-Franco era, secularism has been steadily gaining ground. One might say, at an alarming rate. Then why, despite the steady waning of Catholicism, are the belenes (Nativity scenes) still profoundly popular in Spain? Read on and find out!

BLACK-TO-BLACK SALE: AN INVITE TO THE FREEDOM TO SPLURGE

BLACK-TO-BLACK SALE: AN INVITE TO THE FREEDOM TO SPLURGE »

26 Nov, 2021
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Black Friday is no longer a “day”. It has been extended to at least a few days. Many Spanish retailers are announcing that they’ll be on “Black” till the 28th which is the Sunday that closes the week of Black Friday. The longer Black Friday lasts, the better for the establishments that have suffered from the brutal lockdowns. Whether or not the shoppers’ billfolds could stand the extension is another matter altogether.

NEWS ALERT (2): U.S. CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS’ TRAVEL TO SPAIN

NEWS ALERT (2): U.S. CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS’ TRAVEL TO SPAIN »

9 Nov, 2021
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Restrictions related to COVID-19. COVID-19 testing. Vaccine Information. Entry and Exit requirements. U.S. Consular operations. Etc.

NEWS ALERT (1) : AIR TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES IS RESUMED!

NEWS ALERT (1) : AIR TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES IS RESUMED! »

9 Nov, 2021
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AIR TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES: Vaccination required. Possibility of exemption from full vaccination. COVID-19 testing waiver.

WEEKEND IN  SALAMANCA

WEEKEND IN  SALAMANCA »

4 Nov, 2021
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If the province of Cáceres preserves the architecture and atmosphere of medieval Spain, Salamanca is the keeper of Renaissance Spain. Ancient even as Spanish cities go, the city, ideal for a weekend visit from Madrid, was of importance as early as 222 B.C.

TODOS LOS SANTOS: Lights in the Graveyard

TODOS LOS SANTOS: Lights in the Graveyard »

24 Oct, 2021
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All Saints Day, the big day of the dead on 1 November, is festive-solemn as only the Spaniards can make it.

THE CHILDLIKE MAGIC OF JOAN MIRÓ

THE CHILDLIKE MAGIC OF JOAN MIRÓ »

20 Oct, 2021
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Miró: "I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music"

THE VANQUISHED VIRUS GIVES WAY TO THE RE-DAWNING OF THE OLD NORMAL

THE VANQUISHED VIRUS GIVES WAY TO THE RE-DAWNING OF THE OLD NORMAL »

4 Oct, 2021
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Many are acting as though the pandemic is now behind us. The attitude is infectious! The old, but most especially the young, are letting off steam in a typically Spanish way: laughter in the bars’ terraces, in the parks, the plazas. . . The sound of the joy of being alive. The signs of the returning old times.

 ISLAND HOPPING IN THE TIME OF COVID

 ISLAND HOPPING IN THE TIME OF COVID »

17 Sep, 2021
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The Guidepost Galloping Gourmets were getting restless. Summer was waning and the travel possibilities were ever slimmer as Covid variants reared their ugly heads. "Delta, Smelta," I said, " enough worrying about variants. Let's go Island hopping." Just as the crew scrambled to find passports, I told them all they needed was their metro pass.