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NEW AGE SPAIN: EL ESCCORIAL REVISITED!

NEW AGE SPAIN: EL ESCCORIAL REVISITED! »

22 May, 2018
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Did you know that El Escorial was built starting in 1563 to be the final resting place for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, the father of the Spanish King Phillip II? It was finished in 1584 as not only his palace but as a Hieronymite monastery--hence its somber shadows and design.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE MANY FACES OF SPAIN,” 28 March 1986

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE MANY FACES OF SPAIN,” 28 March 1986 »

20 May, 2018
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One of my unfailing delights of living in Spain, undiminished after 17 years, is the spectacular and varied range of its landscapes and natural beauty. Crammed into the roughly five hundred thousand square kilometres of its bull-hide shaped geography, one goes from the dazzling white villages of the south with immense vistas of olive plantations, red earth under a diamond-hard blue sky, to the vast wheat plains of Castile

PASSION OF SUCCESS IN A WORLD OF WONDERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH GIANNI BAUCE, Part 2

PASSION OF SUCCESS IN A WORLD OF WONDERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH GIANNI BAUCE, Part 2 »

6 May, 2018
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"Living and working in an African country is extremely difficult for a European. The challenges you face are many. If you really want to operate in a proper way, you must adapt to the host culture, not forcing it to adapt to us.  And this is actually a wonderful journey in an unknown world!"

PASSION OF SUCCESS IN A WORLD OF WONDERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH GIANNI BAUCE, Part 1

PASSION OF SUCCESS IN A WORLD OF WONDERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH GIANNI BAUCE, Part 1 »

29 Apr, 2018
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Tour operator, conservationist,  author and photographer,   Gianni Bauce from  Turin, Italy has always had a passion for learning and sharing the beauty of the world of wildlife:  his vivid descriptions, desire to explore, his admiration for his profession, people and places, and the profound values of conservation he holds, and breaths and lives. Gianni has turned his passion for wildlife into a thriving tourism business, African Path Safaris, a success from the very start 

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT:”The Strawberry Line,” 12 July 1985

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT:”The Strawberry Line,” 12 July 1985 »

24 Apr, 2018
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Ten a.m. at Madrid’s Estación de las Delicias: a goods train, the Strawberry Train, is about to set off. In the 1850’s the train was the subject of much talk and excitement, described and romanticised by chronicles, poets and journalists. It carried the Royalty and their guests on hunting trips from Atocha station right up to the portals of the Royal Palace in Aranjuez. On their return to Madrid the local borough would present them with asparagus and strawberries and in commemoration of this tradition the hostesses today pass around baskets of strawberries to the tourists on the Tren de la Fresa

STRAWBERRY TRAIN 2018: ALL ABOARD!

STRAWBERRY TRAIN 2018: ALL ABOARD! »

24 Apr, 2018
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Once the exclusive ride of the Spanish royalty and their nobility, the Strawberry Train went past vast strawberry fields! See Train schedule for April, May and June, and September and October.

THE FABULOUS FERIA DE SEVILLA

THE FABULOUS FERIA DE SEVILLA »

18 Apr, 2018
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There are 1052 casetas at the fairgrounds. And what do you do in those tents? Party!  To the tune of the sevillana, the Feria's signature cante and baile. Feria's most popullar fare: fino de Jerez, manzanilla de Sanlucar, rebujito, pescaito frito, tortilla, jamon iberico, gambas de Huelva. Shake well then throw romance into the mix

THE SEVEN MOST ENDANGERED UNESCO SITES IN EUROPE

THE SEVEN MOST ENDANGERED UNESCO SITES IN EUROPE »

11 Apr, 2018
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Post-Byzantine churches in Voskopoja and Vithkuqi, ALBANIA; Historic Center of Vienna, AUSTRIA; The Buzludzha Monument, BULGARIA; David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage, GEORGIA; Constanta Casino, ROMANIA; The Prinkipo Greek Orphanage, Princes’ Islands, TURKEY; Grimsby Ice Factory, UNITED KINGDOM

SEMANA SANTA IN SPAIN: A Post-Mortem

SEMANA SANTA IN SPAIN: A Post-Mortem »

1 Apr, 2018
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Semana Santa is fast turning into a parody of the Easter penitence that used to characterize the week of the Passion of Jesus in Catholic Spain

SPANISH CUISINE IS KEY INGREDIENT OF INTERNATIONAL TOURISM

SPANISH CUISINE IS KEY INGREDIENT OF INTERNATIONAL TOURISM »

26 Mar, 2018
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Food is one of the main attractions for tourists coming to Spain, an added value that sets the country apart from other destinations. Recent figures show that millions of international tourists visit Spain because of the native cuisine