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Exploring Spain’s Forgotten Pueblo, Chinchón

May 28, 2015
Chinchon Plaza, Spain

As I’ve said many times before, Spain is a veritable treasure trove of travel options. The Iberian Peninsula has indeed been blessed with an incredibly diverse landscape, from its beautiful extensive coastline to the lush greenery found in the north and rugged plains to the south. And of course, like any country, Spain’s major tourist-filled […]

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Day Trip To Segovia

April 23, 2015
Segovia Alcazar

As much as I love my adopted city, Madrid, one of my favorite things to do is to explore more of the Iberian Peninsula. Spain is fascinating on so many levels, from its profound history to the vibrant pueblos hidden throughout the country. In fact, driving along Spain’s west coast through the Lower Rias is […]

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Strolling Through Spain’s Mini Versailles

February 24, 2015
La Granja

Pardon the cliché, but exploring Spain is very much like peeling a multi-layered onion. From its verdant  northwest coastal areas to the spirited and traditional Andalusia, Spain’s various regions are incredibly diverse. Few who have had the pleasure of exploring the Iberian Peninsula could argue otherwise. Of course, as usual, it’s typically the off-the-beaten-path pueblos […]

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Road Trip Guide Through Spain’s Lower Rias

March 25, 2014
Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela

Updated 09.01.2015 Although some people may claim that Spain’s ongoing crisis has dramatically affected the country’s reputation as a travel destination, there was actually a record number of tourists in 2013. In fact, approximately 60.4 million tourists visited the Iberian Peninsula last year, making it the world’s third top tourist destination, right behind France and […]

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Top Four Madrid Parks Guaranteed to Ease Your Spring Fever

March 20, 2014
Blooming Almond Trees in Madrid

Although some may have you believe that Paris in springtime is the only place to be, this adopted Madrileño will always opt for a Spanish springtime. Of course, it’s undeniable that the French capital comes alive during the spring, but there’s just something about a blooming Madrid this time of year that warms the heart. […]

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And the Angels Sang on Montserrat

December 21, 2013
Tips for a visit to Montserrat, Spain.

This article is part of a paid series that I’m writing as a brand ambassador for Michelin Guides. Serrated stones dominate the arid mountainside reminding me of the rock formations in the Chirichaua mountains of Arizona. The peal of church bells echo against steep mountain walls, as Alan and I wait to hear the angelic […]

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Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 2

November 23, 2013
Walking in Cartagena, Spain

The second week of cruising from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale has been mostly about Spain as we cruise from Barcelona to Funchal, Maderia, and beyond. Ports (several of them are repeats for us) have included Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, Gibraltar and Funchal. Sail along with us in this photo essay of highlights from crossing the Atlantic […]

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Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1

November 15, 2013
Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

After 12 days touring Southern Italy, Alan and I have boarded the Silversea ship, Silver Spirit, for our ride back to the U.S. On this first week’s segment, we’re exploring Mediterranean ports from Rome to Barcelona. We hope you’ll enjoy our photo essay of Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1. And stay […]

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Dining like a local in Madrid

February 7, 2012
Spanish tapas in Madrid

Updated: 05.01.2013   Alan and I are boomers who like nothing better than to dine with the locals, like we did on our road trip through Northern Italy. To us, it’s an excellent way of experiencing another culture. Today, Nicole Jewell, an ex-pat living in Madrid, who blogs at Pass the Ham?, shares her suggestions […]

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Discovering Ronda

December 23, 2010

Are you a baby boomer traveler who likes to visit off-the-beaten-path destinations? In today’s guest post, Ilse Long, airline employee and partner at Prepared for Travel, takes us to Ronda, Spain. “Ronda”, every time I hear this name I think of the song from my baby boomer teenage years—“Help me Rhonda, help, help Me, Rhonda.” […]

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