Posts Tagged ‘spain’

~¡visca catalunya!~

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Barcelona was lovely. Parrots in palm trees, men bickering over bocce, fine snacks, lovely natural history museum.

~new year’s day~

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world. ~Federico Garcia Lorca The kids escaped Madrid electing for a last (unplanned) night in a Parador. It was civilized heaven. The drive via Catalonia through the ever changing light and fog was like driving on mars, or being […]

~why are these kids smiling~

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

He spent whole days and nights over his books; and thus with little sleeping and much reading his brains dried up to such a degree that he lost the use of his reason…he was spurred on by the conviction that the world needed his immediate presence. We hightailed it from the southern coast, through Andalusia […]

~cádiz & seville~

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Our hosts in Andalusia were an old friend of Alfonso and his wife, who is native to Cadiz, of the town Sanlucar de Barrameda. Upon our arrival we were thus treated to a party of adults and kids, a reunion of sorts for the high school girlfriends of our host and their menfolk and children. […]

~¡él me está volviendo loco!~

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

click on image to expand. As the kids at home may recall, the premise of this trip was to cover 6000 km within Spain and Portugal in sixteen days. This meant an extreme amount of driving, even for the cruise-happy Euro explorers we’ve become. Here are some photographs of the Cadiz Province, and the town […]

~ruta de los pueblos blanchos~

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

A friend who knows us well advised that we skip all on our itinerary and simply head to Andalucía and check out, among other things, the White Villages. The region is fat with olive, orange and cork groves, the landscape scrubby, the architecture and food a lovely blend of Spanish and Moroccan. In hindsight I […]

~tener duende~

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Parque Natural de Alcornocales (Cork Oak Trees). Notice the numbers on the trees, which are stripped at the base. A five-man gang traveling the forest in a nine-year cycle carefully harvests the cork. Once loaded, a tap on the back sends their burros unaccompanied to the factory. We had been traveling in Portugal in what […]

~galicia: a perfect day~

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Some traveling experiences are simply perfect. This day was one of them, flowing from one lovely bit to the next, the sum even greater than the parts. Lacking the innocence of greenhorn travelers we thanked our lucky stars. We had hardly a notion how much we’d come to appreciate this day. (cue foreboding music here) […]

~basque, cantabria, asturias: beginning a quixotic journey~

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Valle de Cabuerniga, Cantabria. A long, stately bull parade blocks the road. Let’s begin by laying out the premise: for our honeymoon trip Alfonso and I set out to explore Spain and Portugal by car, covering 6000 km–aka 3,725 miles door to door–in 16 days, over Christmas and just beyond New Year’s Day. Good god […]

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