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Gifts & gimmicks…as I head to Spain

Travel writers are often on the receiving end of small gifts and gimmicks from tourist boards and marketing companies plugging a particular destination. Sometimes these can be useful travel aids – things like adapter plugs or alarm clocks – all branded of course. Over the years I’ve been given jackets,…

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What a difference a decade makes

As we begin the 2020s, I’ve seen discussion about whether this is the start of the decade, or the end. Does the decade start, for example, in 2020 or 2021? There’s a case for it being 2021, based on the fact there was no 0 year!  But my dictionary defines…

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My travel year…in pictures

Happy New Year to all my readers!  I’ve had a wonderful year, including travel to some places new to me and those which are familiar and favourite haunts. Near and far, I’ve learned a lot and met some fascinating people. Before we plunge into 2014, full-tilt, here’s a quick look…

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Happy birthday Gaudi!

Today marks the 161st anniversary of the birth of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.  It was a highlight of the Globus “Best of Spain” tour to visit Gaudi’s former home in Barcelona – even if the crowds were huge. We were there on a weekend, and it seemed like all of…

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Meeting Don Quixote

Many countries have their own special folk hero. In Australia, it is the bushranger Ned Kelly; in Spain – or at least in the southern region of La Mancha – it is Don Quixote. As we travelled through the landscapes of Miguel de Cervantes’ fictional hero and his sidekick Sancho…

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Say “salud!” with sangria

If there’s a drink that’s synonymous with Spain, it’s sangria.  With a base of rough red wine (some say the rougher the better), sangria signals party time.  On a river cruise in Seville, my party was treated to a demonstration and tasting of sangria; a few days into the tour,…

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Holy Toledo!

“Holy Toledo!”  Have you ever wondered how that saying came into being?  I’ve always thought it had something to do with Toledo, Ohio, in the United States (although I’m not sure why) – and there’s one school of thought that does think that. But having just been on a trip…

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Moments in Madrid

Such is the nature of my job – and of bus tours – my first trip to Spain’s capital was all too brief.  Over nine days, my “Best of Spain” tour will cover seven cities so there’s only really one full day to “discover” Madrid. I arrived a day early,…

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Passport to memories

My new passport has arrived.  It’s stiff and clean and shiny.  It’s my sixth passport, and suddenly I feel like I’ve never been anywhere before! As I add my cancelled one to the pile of old ones, carefully tied together with ribbon and tucked away in a drawer, I realise…

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