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You’ll want to visit the places you’ll be reading about in Spain Destinations. They’re every bit as charming and irresistible as the writers say! Besides, you won’t have any problems getting there; they’ll tell you how.

New Age Spain: Motocross in Las Ventas?

New Age Spain: Motocross in Las Ventas? »

30 Jul, 2019
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I just happened to catch it on TV: They were holding a motocross spectacular event in the Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid! The crowd was oohing and ahhing over the head-over-heels jumps and stunts the riders were exhibiting. Maybe Las Ventas will have another motocross exhibition in the future for you all to check out! In the States, dirt biking is the rage. In fact, anything to do with mechanical mayhem is very, very popular. That includes Monster Trucks. The trucks do their best to smash themselves to pieces and the spectators roar.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Casablanca: An Exotic Gourmet Adventure,” 9 April 1982

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Casablanca: An Exotic Gourmet Adventure,” 9 April 1982 »

29 Jul, 2019
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Whispering palms fronds laze behind fan-shaped bamboo chairs; peach parasol-shaded tables sit back snugly in wavy secretive alcoves; soft music adds spice to after-dinner conversation. Sound like an exotic, faraway place to dine out? Well, exotic it is, but faraway it’s not. Casablanca is one Madrid restaurant as romantic as Bogart himself and truly an exotic experience for the gourmet dinner. And it’s no farther away than the picturesque Calle Barquillo 29, just off the Castellana and down from the Alonso Martinez Metro.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Segovia’s Aqueduct: The Devil Did It,” 2 September 1983

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Segovia’s Aqueduct: The Devil Did It,” 2 September 1983 »

21 Jul, 2019
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There are several theories as to how the great aqueduct at Segovia was built. Since it is of such mammoth proportions, one theory is that it was constructed by Hercules. Another theory, and one that has become legend, is that Lucifer and his engineering crew threw up the aqueduct in the course of one, wild stormy night. Because it is so unreal, so imposing, so awe-inspiring, the last theory does seem the most likely and is the very reason the Segovians call the aqueduct the Devil’s Bridge.

SPARKLE IN THIS HEAT? YOU DON’T NEED THAT, UNLESS IT’S SPARKLING SANGRIA!

SPARKLE IN THIS HEAT? YOU DON’T NEED THAT, UNLESS IT’S SPARKLING SANGRIA! »

15 Jul, 2019
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You'd want an authentic Spanish sparkler for your sparkling sangria since sangria is Spanish. To give your sangria the Spanish sparkle, use cava, Spain's sparkling wine.

THE SANFERMINES IS ON, RUN!

THE SANFERMINES IS ON, RUN! »

7 Jul, 2019
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GUARANTEED FUN. May the bulls run with -- not on! -- you!

EGYPTIAN ACTOR MOHAMED ALY AND EGYPTOLOGIST HAMDI ZAKI HOLD A PRESS CONERENCE AT THE TEMPLE OF DEBOD IN MADRID

EGYPTIAN ACTOR MOHAMED ALY AND EGYPTOLOGIST HAMDI ZAKI HOLD A PRESS CONERENCE AT THE TEMPLE OF DEBOD IN MADRID »

1 Jul, 2019
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Aly presented his project for creating a unique cultural center with the purpose of establishing a special link between Europe and Africa, in San Adrian de Besós, Barcelona. The presentation took place at the best Egyptian scenario Spain has to offer, the Temple of Debod.

A Second Opinion: Beyond the Pyrenees

A Second Opinion: Beyond the Pyrenees »

27 Jun, 2019
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Somehow I always felt that "Europe" began at the Pyrenees, leaving Spain as a magic island of cultural heritage. What has the EU really done to improve the life of the average Spaniard except complicate the panorama a bit more? Perhaps there has been a forward-looking push from up North that has subtlely changed the traditional Spanish attitude of xenophobia. Perhaps some modernization has occurred and the economy is more robust than before. But Madrid is not Paris, and Barcelona is not Berlin, and Rome will always be Rome. If the British can say "no" to the Continent then others may follow suit.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: SALINAS DEL MANZANO,” 5 August 1983

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: SALINAS DEL MANZANO,” 5 August 1983 »

20 Jun, 2019
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The ageless charm of a town off the beaten track. You'll have to read Juan Angel Serna's moving full account because a pat description here of his beloved town will do the it and him uncalled for injustice.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Tragedy in the Bullring,” 24 June 1983

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Tragedy in the Bullring,” 24 June 1983 »

9 Jun, 2019
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There has always been a lot of talk about the injustices and indignities the “poor bull” has to suffer. But what about the Man? Matador Curro Vazquez suffered a tremendous goring during the San Isidro Fair, resulting in the severing of the femoral artery. Had this occurred in a smaller ring, a provincial town, Curro would not be around to talk about it. Manuel Granero was killed instantly in the plaza of Madrid on May 7th 1922. . .

JAPO MANIA: DINE, DRINK, AND IMBIBE THE SPIRIT OF JAPAN!

JAPO MANIA: DINE, DRINK, AND IMBIBE THE SPIRIT OF JAPAN! »

9 Jun, 2019
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 SHOPS, EATERIES, WORKSHOPS, INSTITUTIONS, COURSES  INDISPENSIBLE IN JAPANESE CULTURE