Exploring Barcelona’s El Born Quarter with City Unscripted

On foot Through Barcelona: El Born Quarter I’m wearing glasses and a green jacket. OK! I’ll be waiting next to the Carmela. Interested in testing out CityUnscripted and find out if they’re true to their promise to turn travelers into discoverers, and after several failed attempts (blame the rain, the allergies, and office work in … More Exploring Barcelona’s El Born Quarter with City Unscripted

My Fifty Weeks of Spain & What to Expect This Summer

Remember Fifty Weeks of Spain?  Remember how you found out all about sleeping in a 9 Century Castle where to see Europe’s Best Million Cherry Tree Hanami Spanish Fiestas you didn’t know existed and more? As I delve deeper and deeper into Secret Spain, summer comes with an even more promising collection of hidden gems you should … More My Fifty Weeks of Spain & What to Expect This Summer

Guide for the Ultimate Barcelona Gin Tonic Bar Crawl

Best Barcelona Bar Crawl Discover Barcelona’s Best Gin Tonic Bar Crawl as vetted by Damia Mula, professor of cocteleria at CETT. While my list is much longer, the selection below will make sure you get your gin fix (or otherwise finely crafted cocktails) and make the most out of your trip to Barcelona, and still get home in one … More Guide for the Ultimate Barcelona Gin Tonic Bar Crawl

Madrid in One Day: Seven Things To Do When It Rains

Madrid in one day and it rains? So it happens. Rain happens to all of us, when we travel, whether we like it or not. It doesn’t have to botch your trip though, especially if you’re in the indoor gem rich Madrid. We recently had a 12-hour layover when coming back from a weekend in … More Madrid in One Day: Seven Things To Do When It Rains

Chasing Spring in Extremadura : Spain’s Best Kept Secret

Spring in Extremadura: Planning Your Next Best Trip This is Secret Spain. With only 1.5 million tourists in 2015, of which less than 250 000 are foreign visitors, Extremadura is virtually unknown to the outside world. And even though Game of Thrones has contributed to making this Spanish province a little better known, Extremadura still remains … More Chasing Spring in Extremadura : Spain’s Best Kept Secret

Extremadura’s Paradise for Birdwatchers: Monfragüe National Park

We added Montfrague birdwatching to our trip just one day before we got to Plasencia, not knowing exactly what we’ll be getting: it was, mostly, just a better way to kill time before heading to Valle del Jerte’s million cherry tree hanami. To be fair, I did have a vague idea about the abundance of birds … More Extremadura’s Paradise for Birdwatchers: Monfragüe National Park

Secret Spain: Time-Travel Sleepover in a 15 Century Monastery

Parador Spain: The Experience Having had a great time at another 9 Century Castle turned Parador recently, we decided to repeat the experience and enjoy our rather rainy weekend in Extremadura with a stay at a XV century Gothic style monastery-turned hotel. Paradores was the initiative of Spain’s King Alfonso XIII. Created as a means … More Secret Spain: Time-Travel Sleepover in a 15 Century Monastery

Spain’s Hidden Cherry Valley: How to Visit The Million Tree Hanami

Imagine two millions of cherry trees, all budding in snow white unison every year, late March. 

Covering over 50 square miles, Valle del Jerte, sitting in Spain’s Extremadura region, is the largest area in Europe covered with cherries. Extremadura is bigger than Belgium, or Switzerland – and yet it remains Spain’s least known region. 

This is raw Spain, unspoiled by tourism. … More Spain’s Hidden Cherry Valley: How to Visit The Million Tree Hanami

When Travel Doesn’t Go Your Way and All About Great Expectations

Travel expectations.. Have you, at some point in time, been disappointed by travel? By your destination, by the weather, by not having been able to see what you planned to see, or do what you wanted to do? For reasons outside of your control?  To some extent, we’ve all been there. When traveling, expectations tend … More When Travel Doesn’t Go Your Way and All About Great Expectations

Secret Spain: Juzcar Smurf Village, Now Evicted

Not too many tourists visiting Spain know about the Juzcar Smurf Village, set in the scenic, hilly region of Andalusia. An actual Smurf village – or rather, what used to be one. Juzcar witnessed its fifteen minutes of fame back in 2011, shortly after the Smurfs movie came out – and for good reason too. But … More Secret Spain: Juzcar Smurf Village, Now Evicted