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Postcard from Roses

beach in Roses, Spain

On rainy Seattle days, I enjoy thinking about how lovely the coast of Spain is. Roses, located on the north end of the Bay of Roses, is a great beach getaway spot. And the Hotel Vistabella, where I stayed, provides a lovely view of the sand and surf.

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Spain by Land or by Sea

Gaudi's la podrera in Barcelona, Spain

My head has been thinking a lot about Spain these days, what with TBEX in Girona and all.  I’ve been sussing out all the things to see and do in the Catalunia province in northeastern Spain, from the big city of Barcelona to the mid-sized city of Girona to the small town of Begur.  There’s […]

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Visiting Malaga for August Fair

August Fair in Malaga Spain

The Feria de Málaga, also known as the Feria de Agosto, is a long-standing tradition in the city of Malaga, located on Spain’s south coast. The name of the festival translates into Málaga Fair or August Fair, and is in honor of the incorporation of the city into the Crown of Castile by Isabella I […]

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Magaluf Offers Combo of Beaches and Nightlife

Magaluf Majorca Spain

If you want a holiday destination that’s full of European life, why not travel where they do – head off to Magaluf on the island of Mallorca.  The Spanish island, which is also spelled Majorca, is a popular vacation destination for Europeans, especially those from the United Kingdom, Germany, and Scandinavia.  Magaluf is pretty much […]

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Party Down in Ibiza

Ibiza Sunset

Located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Valencia, Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands (a regional governmental level in Spain) and is home to a port district that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  But, let’s face it, what Ibiza is really known for is its party reputation – despite plenty of […]

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Exploring the White Villages of Andalucia

Gorge in Ronda, Andalucia Spain

When travelers think of the Costa del Sol in Spain, the first thing to come to mind is often American-style resorts. What was once a quiet coastline of fishing villages has expanded rapidly, resulting into what many would call over development. Yet this isn’t the only side of Andalucia. Venture away from the coastline and […]

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Terrific Tenerife: 5 Reasons to Go to the Canary Islands

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Just a mention of the word Tenerife and wide stretches of sunny beaches spring to mind. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and although it is located 0ff the coast of western Africa, they are part of Spain. For decades Europeans have been flocking to Tenerife and the Canary Islands for guaranteed sunshine […]

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Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls

Running of Bulls in Pamplona Spain

Each year, on July 6th, the San Fermin Festival kicks off in Pamplona, Spain.  It’s a festival filled with tradition, one of them a crazy, adventurous, daring, and downright dangerous tradition.  It’s the annual running of the bulls through the streets of the town.  The running of the bulls originally started as a practical means […]

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Majorca: One Island, Hundreds of Beaches

young girl sitting on beach in majorca

There’s a reason European beach lovers have made the island of Majorca (also spelled Mallorca) a popular holiday destination – it’s because every where you turn there’s a beach calling out to you to relax and enjoy.  Even the fondest sun lovers must come off the beach sometime, and Majorca holidays offer plenty of shopping, […]

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Sun & Sand on Mallorca

Mallorca sea view

A popular Spanish holiday island in the the Mediterranean, Mallorca has a bit of a split personality.  On one side are the secluded beach, challenging cycling trails, spectacular natural beauty for hiking and enjoying, challenging deep water rock climbing, and an environment that creates a haven for a variety of seabirds.  On the other side, […]

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Books to Read on Your Next Flight

In honor of World Book Day, I’m updating my progress in the 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge – and in […]

A Dozen Gardens From Around the World

Since the flowers in my garden are not terribly impressive yet - things will be in full color in another few weeks - I turned to some of my blogger friends to get a take on some of their favorite gardens around the world. I selected a dozen of them, one for each month of the year, and hope you can work a visit into one of them during your next vacation.

The days are getting longer, and with flowers blooming in the yard along with a few peeks of the sun […]

Celebrate World Wildlife Day

Today, March 3rd, is UN World Wildlife Day. The UN General Assembly made this proclamation four years ago as a […]