Amazing Weekend Getaway in the Heart of Barcelona’s Wine Countryside

Barcelona Weekend Getaway After our Castle sleepover in January, we decided to do some more weekend splurging – this time in the superb cava inspired architecture of Hotel Mastinell, located in the heart of the Catalan wine country and a stone’s throw away from Barcelona. Penedès is the equivalent of France’s Champagne’s region and has … More Amazing Weekend Getaway in the Heart of Barcelona’s Wine Countryside

Catalunya’s Castells Behind the Scenes: An Authentic Tale of Human Towers

A tradition which almost disappeared 1000 years ago, Castells – Catalan for castles – are a unique cultural phenomenon, particular to Catalunya, which were declared UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010. … More Catalunya’s Castells Behind the Scenes: An Authentic Tale of Human Towers

Come See Barcelona’s Gegants and Fiesta Differently

Every year in September, Barcelona celebrates its birthday with a unique fiesta: Fiesta de la Merce. A mashup of crazy street celebrations including correfocs, Castellers and, the object of my immediate affection: gegants.
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Want To Sleep in a 9th Century Medieval Castle? This is Spain!

Castle Sleepover in Spain 2018 saw the debut of my Fifty Weeks of Spain with an original weekend away at the 9th-century castle turned hotel, some 100 km away from Barcelona. Spending the night in a castle was a first for me, especially in what can easily be one of the oldest of Spanish medieval castles. Canopy … More Want To Sleep in a 9th Century Medieval Castle? This is Spain!

Fifty Weeks of Spain & What to Expect for the Next 3 Months

Remember Fifty Weeks of Spain? And how I said we would forget all about flamenco, tapas and bullfights? I promised you a lot, and I mean to keep that promise. So here goes: This is Spain! Haunted castle sleepovers, luxury splurging in wine country, or hanami madness in Spain’s least known region? That’s just a taste … More Fifty Weeks of Spain & What to Expect for the Next 3 Months

You have *NOT* Seen Spain. Let me Explain…

So you’ve been to Spain. Congratulations!  You and 75 million other people in 2016.

But I’m willing to bet you, you’ve not seen Spain. Let’s put it to a test. The question is, have you seen a Spain with :

Beaches,
Sangria & paella
Sagrada Familia
Ibiza clubbing
flamenco shows
and maybe the Alhambra (points for you!)
OR:

Medieval castles
balloon flights over volcanoes
pink flamingos
Viking landings
Smurf villages
and Geological Trains … More You have *NOT* Seen Spain. Let me Explain…

Travel. Differently. The Reasons Behind My 2018 Staycations

Fifty weeks of Spain is a journey through Spain, filled with insider tips, hidden gems, and surprises. You will truly get a taste of the six continents. Fifty Weeks of Spain will be blowing your socks off regularly – weekly, as the title promises – peeling Spain off its hidden wonders. Travel. Differently. … More Travel. Differently. The Reasons Behind My 2018 Staycations

Going Oriental in Central Berlin: Indoors Magic!

I always mix business with pleasure. In travels, I mean. So when I was asked to go to Berlin for work (my 5th time already) I wondered: how can I sample Berlin with a twist? You know, once you go beyond the must do’s, tourist hotspots and the classic city icons.

And since I never met Berlin in a good (weather) mood anyway – this time proving to be no exception – indoors was the obvious answer.  … More Going Oriental in Central Berlin: Indoors Magic!