“How long have you been here?” Magellan asked a couple at the adjacent table at dinner during our second night at a small hotel in Spain. “We arrived mid-afternoon,” said Marc. “How did you get in?” Magellan asked. “We’ve been coming here for years and we’re in the system. Cristina programs our arrival and I […]
It was our first September morning in Barcelona, a trip we’d been planning for months. Being early-rising jubilados, we were eager to explore the Sagrada Família on our own before our pre-booked tour began. Nothing prepared us for the awe that awaited.
“Mom, when you die I’m not going through all those file cabinets of travel articles in your garage,” Lynn (an “only”) told me one day years ago when we were sorting through stuff before moving. Fair enough. But consider two articles, “The Grilling Genius of Spain” and “Smoke and Miracles.” Without them, how would […]
I agonized about reserving a room at the Atrio Hotel in Spain’s poorest region, Extremadura. On the plus side, the hotel was in the ancient walled city of Cáceres, a well-preserved UNESCO site, quiet, haunting and untouristy. Fewer than 400 people live in the “Old Town,” cited as one of the one of the […]
In our last post, “The Acts of Little Carmen,” we talked about choosing to stay in Spain’s old walled city of Cáceres for its architectural beauty, contemporary art, good food, boutique hotel and great hiking nearby—it scored a perfect five in my five-point criteria for a good destination. On the map, light green—the universal colour for […]