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Happy Halloween! In Galicia, 'Samhain' means fright night

Alfonso Sanglao   Mysterious figures mixing potions; skull rituals; and tales of witches on October 31st?  All par for the course on Halloween night. But in Galicia, these creepy doings go back thousands of years, when back in the mists of time this northwestern corner of today’s Spain was dominated by Celtic tribes, who lived here even before some migrated to today’s British Isles as well as northern France. read post

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Landscape of Light: Celebrating the city of Madrid's very first UNESCO World Heritage Site

José Balido   Congratulations are in order! UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) has just this summer honored Spain's capital city with its first World Heritage Site designation, elevating Madrid to the ranks of destinations with districts or monuments worth preserving for future generations (the larger Madrid community surrounding the capital already had UNESCO sites, including the royal complexes of El Escorial and Aranjuez, which make marvelous day…

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Why Barcelona is the place to be for international students

Stunning architecture, sea views, and sandy beaches, vivid and passionate culture, superb cuisine — hese are just some of the many reasons why Spain's second-largest city is a wonderful place to live. And to study, as Barcelona is home to some of this country's most prestigious universities. Both traditional and innovative universities along with state-of-the-art campuses welcome thousands of international students every year. Let’s take a look at what allures them: read post

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  • In observance of Pride, The Guardian just came out with a piece on Europe's ten best gay-friendly destinations - and here's why Madrid made the cut: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2022/jun/23/europe-best-holidays...
    10 of Europe’s best destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers this Pride season | Gay and lesbian travel |…
    From Madrid to Mykonos our writer picks the most queer-friendly holiday spots in Europe
  • The Guardian looks at how mass tourism to Barcelona is expected to come roaring back this summer, bringing many of the same ills that have divided locals in recent years: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/16/summer-barcelona-mass...
    ‘Summer will be monstrous’: Barcelona wrestles with revival of mass tourism | Barcelona | The Guard…
    As visitors return after easing of Covid curbs, talk of diversification of Spanish city has been drowned out by sound of ringing tills
  • The Holy Grail is one of Christianity's most legendary symbols. Could it be that all along it's actually been here under our noses, in the cathedral of Valencia, Spain? Have a look at this article/video from BBC Travel and see what you thinK https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220414-does-spain-have-the-hol...
    Does Spain have the Holy Grail?
    Spain's Valencia Cathedral houses a relic that may be the Holy Chalice used by Jesus at the Last Supper – it has the right size, material, and histor…
  • Interesting survey out a month ago from the travel insurance website InsureMyTrip.com ranking 66 cities worldwide in terms of safety for female solo travellers - and I was interested to see that Madrid came in at number one! https://www.insuremytrip.com/travel-advice/travel-inspiration/best-...
  • Those of us who live in Spain were riveted by the ongoing news of the volcano which was erupting in La Palma last September through December. And I was interested to see that there also seems to be a "silver lining" to the whole thing, as BBC Travel recently noted: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220217-la-palma-where-a-volcan...
    La Palma: Where a volcano is good for tourism
    Despite the destruction of La Palma's recent volcanic eruption, which affected all the island's inhabitants, tourism is bringing new hope for those d…
  • Living in Madrid now, I regularly read the Spain edition of the The Local (https://www.thelocal.es), an 18-year-old network of European sites in English which is a great source of local news and commentary - very helpful for expats like myself. Just the other day, for example, I came across this piece about eight amazing places to ski in Spain. And while they may not be on a par with the Alps or the Rockies, the Pyrenees up north and the Sierra Nevada down south, for example, provide some pretty terrific winter fun: https://feeds.thelocal.com/app/ios/article.php?id=eight-amazing-pla...
  • I will be with a colleague/photographer on assignment in Saville in early May, and am interested in contacting individuals who are connected with local boutique and upscale hotels (in town preferably, but also open to nearby areas with easy access to the city center)--such as P.R. reps, hotel managers, travel marketing companies and so on.  We are looking for three nights, and are also open to splitting up the stay between properties. 

    I will be doing two gastronomy stories focused on innovative Sherry-food pairings and Sherry-based cocktails for wine-focused publications, and one about Saville cuisine in general for a newsstand consumer magazine.


    Look forward to hearing from you--please contact me at ejglickmanmedia@gmail.com. You can see my work  at ElyseGlickman.com

    All the best, and thank you in advance for your help!

  • Thanks so much, Ed! I keep trying to go somewhere and focus on Culture and Important Sights and next thing you know I spend my time eating! Ah well... :-)

  • Lelya, I can't agree with you on innards, but I sure agree with everything else. Love your writing, love your shout-out to Pimientos del Padron. 

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    Try as I might, any travel adventure will always lead back to food... And sometimes I do try hard!

    Tapas of Santiago: Falling in Love with Pimientos del Padron

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