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The Conquest Of Tarifa, Spain
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The Conquest Of Tarifa, Spain

By Robin Graham In the year 711, Tariq Ibn Ziyad — a Berber general — landed near the southern tip of Spain with 7,000 men, at the burning edge of the wildfire that was the Arab Empire — the House of Islam. In just a few years they were to […]

Not Traveling To Spain? Try Listening To Some Flamenco
Not Traveling To Spain? Try Listening To Some Flamenco

Not Traveling To Spain? Try Listening To Some Flamenco

This summer, when people would ask me what I was listening to, I would likely list off a few indie bands or a few throwback albums I seemed to have missed out on in the ’80s (I’m looking at you New Order). But what I would fail to mention, for […]

Deep Breath: The Alhambra At Night Is Worth The Hassle
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Deep Breath: The Alhambra At Night Is Worth The Hassle

By Robin Graham I bet Washington Irving didn’t have to put up with any of this. Getting a ticket to visit that great treasure of Islamic art and culture, the Alhambra — made famous by Irving himself, among others — is no easy task. It isn’t that it’s hard to […]

This Is Why You Want To Visit Gracia In Barcelona
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This Is Why You Want To Visit Gracia In Barcelona

Gràcia, smack in the middle of Barcelona, wasn’t always just a district in the city, but was once its own village, and as the NY Times points out in their recent photo essay on the ‘hood, “it’s never lost that village feeling and remains a jumble of narrow streets and […]

Video: Seville, Spain, And Its Crazy Connection To Phoenix
Video: Seville, Spain, And Its Crazy Connection To Phoenix

Video: Seville, Spain, And Its Crazy Connection To Phoenix

Phoenix is a city in Arizona, but it’s also the name of a band from Paris, and their song appears in the above video featuring shots from Seville, a city in Spain. Phoenix (the city) also has a lot of people of Spanish descent. See where I’m going with this? […]

The Emergence Of Global Cuisine In Madrid
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The Emergence Of Global Cuisine In Madrid

When most food-loving people ruminate over “meccas” of global cuisine, cities like New York, Tokyo, Singapore, and Barcelona conjure instant salivation. Being a foodie is serious business, so for most, traveling to these cities for the culinary experience is not a matter of if, but when. In a recent article […]

Maybe Ibiza Is Not That Bad After All?
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Maybe Ibiza Is Not That Bad After All?

Lately, it seems that I’m running into cliche destinations a lot. The kind of places that are inundated with packaged tours, overzealous nightlife, and sunburned tourists donning wide-brimmed hats. The thing I’m realizing is that these destinations became cool for a reason. If you head away from the parasitic Cancun, you can find amazing countryside and Mayan ruins. Same goes for Thailand […]

When In Barcelona, Please Stay In Your Designated Lane
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When In Barcelona, Please Stay In Your Designated Lane

Some let their frustrations out through screaming, others by crying or pouting silently in a corner. In Barcelona,  one pissed-off Catalan graffiti artist lets his frustrations out by painting the streets of the Gothic Quarter creating lanes: one labeled  “tourists,”­ the other labeled “normal” for the locals. It is no […]

Madrid Is For Meat Lovers
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Madrid Is For Meat Lovers

Summer is the season of summits, but not all summits are created equal. I might come off as politically disinclined when I say (or in this case, write) that there is one meeting that interests me the most: the Madrid Fusion International Gastronomic Summit. Someone’s talking my language. My tummy […]

The Best Of Spain In Photos
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The Best Of Spain In Photos

What do you call a person who is obsessed with Spain? A Spainophile? A Spainaholic? A Spainophyte? (A google search of spainophyte resulted in a result that asked whether I meant “sporophyte,” “The spore-producing phase in the life cycle of a plant that exhibits alternation of generations.”) Either way, for […]

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