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Fresh Air and Outdoor Adventures in Vall de Nuria
November 5, 2011
Fresh Air and Outdoor Adventures in Vall de Nuria

I recently had the opportunity to visit Vall de Nuria in the Girona Pyrenees, a lovely natural setting with lots of fun outdoor activities and warm hospitality. As I ascended the Pyrenees via rack railway on my way to Vall de Nuria, majestic mountain valleys featuring waterfalls and walking trails gave way to a heavenly [...]

Fabian Martin’s Unique Pizza is a Knockout
October 8, 2011
Fabian Martin’s Unique Pizza is a Knockout

The Spanish enclave of Llivia is unique in many ways, not least being that it is part of Catalonia yet completely surrounded by France. One of Llivia’s most unique residents is Fabian Martin, a former world class boxer whose Taller Pizzeria has revolutionized the traditional concept of pizza. Fabian Martin’s entrance into the pizza world [...]

Aerial Photography – A Scenic Flight over Cerdanya and the Pyrenees
October 5, 2011
Aerial Photography – A Scenic Flight over Cerdanya and the Pyrenees

This past week, while in Cerdanya (a region of the eastern Pyrenees which is divided between France and Spain), I had the opportunity to head up in a small plane for a spectacular scenic look at the beautiful landscape of the Cadi mountain range and the Pyrenees. My flight from La Cerdanya Aerodrome took me [...]

Blogtrip #InPyrenees Live Blog
September 23, 2011
Blogtrip #InPyrenees Live Blog

Beginning Monday, you will be able to follow along as I head up into the striking Pyrenees as part of the #InPyrenees blogtrip. Want to get the real story as I explore the Girona Pyrenees? Bookmark this post and continue to watch as I update this live blog throughout the trip. Live Blog  

5 Catalan Summer Dishes – Barcelona for Foodies
July 12, 2011
5 Catalan Summer Dishes – Barcelona for Foodies

A great part of travelling to a different region and getting to know its culture is experienced through the local food. Barcelona is a popular destination for summer vacation, as you have the beach right in the city. After a long day at the beach you will probably be very hungry before you hit the [...]

Landscapes of the Costa Brava
July 7, 2011
Landscapes of the Costa Brava

Here are a few of the landscape photos that I took during the #inCostaBrava BlogTrip.

The Peaceful Santa Clotilde Gardens in Lloret de Mar
July 5, 2011
The Peaceful Santa Clotilde Gardens in Lloret de Mar

This wonderful botanical garden is landscaped in a setting of stunning beauty, high atop a cliff with outstanding views of the sea. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style by Nicolau Rubió i Tuduri, the Santa Clotilde Gardens make superb use of the natural green of the Costa Brava. The sculptures, fountains and secret spots of [...]

Costa Brava’s Roses – Sweeping Beaches, Rocky Cliffs and Hidden Coves
June 13, 2011
Costa Brava’s Roses – Sweeping Beaches, Rocky Cliffs and Hidden Coves

On the northern part of Costa Brava, in Spain’s Catalonia region, lies the Mediterranean resort town of Roses. The largest resort town on the northern stretch of the Costa Brava, Roses remains a cheerful and relatively cheap resort town and lacks much of the cheekiness of some of Spain’s biggest coastal resorts. With endless stretches [...]

A Walk Through the Girona Flower Festival
May 19, 2011
A Walk Through the Girona Flower Festival

My recent visit to Girona happened to coincide with Girona’s Festival of Flowers, or the Temps de Flor. A tradition for over 50 years, the festival draws large numbers of visitors to Girona’s old city every May. During the festival, visitors to Girona will see (and smell) the flower theme throughout the city’s streets, courtyards [...]

Discovering Dali on the Costa Brava – Spain
May 18, 2011
Discovering Dali on the Costa Brava – Spain

On a trip that ranked very high on the “wow factor” scale, the highlights for me were related to Salvador Dali and his beloved wife Gala. Images of Dali’s colorful expressions and waxed mustache have always caught my attention. In fact, ever since I visited the Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida years ago, I’ve [...]

Winter in the Mountains of Alt Bergueda, Catalonia
December 30, 2009
Winter in the Mountains of Alt Bergueda, Catalonia

Less than a two hour drive north from Barcelona is Bergueda, a comarca (or county) in Catalonia, Spain. The capital city, Berga, separates the comarca into the northern half known as Alt Bergueda and the more populous southern part known as Baix Bergueda. Alt Bergueda includes the pre-Pyrenean mountain range which starts at Berga and [...]

Spain for Foodies – Tapas in Barcelona
December 29, 2009
Spain for Foodies – Tapas in Barcelona

When it comes to eating in Barcelona, Spain, nothing beats hitting the famous tapas bars. In recent years, tapas have become somewhat trendy around the world while, in Spain, tapas continue to become more and more popular. The best thing about eating in tapas bars is that you are able to sample many of the [...]