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6 Scintillating Sparkling Wines from Europe


Raise a glass to the world of sparkling wine! French Champagne is the most famous, of course, but there are many types of bubbly wine enjoyed around the world, and some of the best/most nobale hail from Europe. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just want to enjoy a glass with friends, there is a sparkling wine out there for everyone. Here are some of the most popular types that you can find at your favorite wine shop or online

Champagne (France)

The world´s most renowned bubby

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5 of Spain´s Special New Year´s Traditions

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We Spaniards love to ring out the old and ring in the new as much as anyone else on the planet. And whilst we of course share many NYE practices with the rest of the world (at least the Western world, I guess), there are several which are fairly unique to our country – and here´s a quirky quintet of them:

Toasting with Bubbles - but with a Twist

Of course all of Spain raises a glass of cava (the méthode-Champegnoise sparkling wine – from sweet to dry – made in Catalonia) t

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All across the world, all sorts of holiday activities– both religious and secular, age-old and relatively new – are in full swing during this season, including festive lights, special street markets, trees, Santa and elves everywhere, and the rest of it.  But a handful of places feature oddities which range from whimsical to scary to occasionally potentially offensive. Here´s a particularly memorable top ten:

Austria & Germany: Demonic Doings

December 5 is celebrated as St. Nicho

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The place that is known as the playground for famous and rich The up-market resort of Marbella has a lively vibe and is well-restored Andalusian tradition.

The city is situated in the Costa del Sol, this stylish destination is popular by the wealthy, who frequent the top restaurants, luxurious hotels as well as championship golf course.

Marbella is also known for its trendy boutiques, the luxurious Puerto Banus Marina and it's many lively nightclubs.

Make sure you dress to impress during your tr

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Nestled on the southern coast of Spain, the picturesque city of Malaga beckons travellers with its unique blend of Andalusian charm and coastal beauty. From its rich history and vibrant culture to its stunning beaches and delectable cuisine, Malaga has something for everyone. In this blog post, we will take you on a virtual journey through this captivating destination, uncovering its hidden gems and exploring the best ways to experience it through Malaga, Spain vacation packages and unforgettabl

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What Not to Miss in Barcelona

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There's a good reason Spain's second largest city after Madrid is one of Europe's (indeed, the world's) most popular cities - famous and beloved for its art, architecture, culture, cuisine, and nightlife ever since hosting the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. It's also the capital of the region of Catalonia, one of Spain's nations along with Galicia and Euskadi (aka the Basque Country), with its own distinct language and culture. Well, there's a lot to unpack here, so let's get to

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Welcome once again to Pride month, celebrated in increasing numbers of destinations around the world - although also under pressure in some of them, sadly even including part of the United States, the very country where the celebration of Pride originated. Of course, depending on where you go, travelling while LGBT+ can be a challenge, particularly if you're with a same-sex partner and/or if you are visibly queer. Sadly, there are still many countries where being gay is still consider

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Spain's 21 Niftiest Nude Beaches

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Thinking of coming to the playa in Spain this coming summer? Well, if you're also a fan of all-over tans, nude beaches mark nearly a half century in this country, which has sprouted a whopping 400 where you can swim starkers and sun your bum to your heart's content. Here are nearly two dozen of the top choices!

 

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Andalusia

Bolonia (Tarifa, Cádiz)  One of Cádiz province's loveliest and most popular strands, with turquoise waters and natural pools create

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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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There are of course enough varied destinations within this incredibly diverse country to keep visitors coming back repeatedly. And part of the pleasure of getting to know Spain in depth is going beyond the usual "greatest hits" and striking out off the beaten track. In that spirit, this blog has covered destinations like Ciudad Real, Guadalajara, Soria, and Zamora. And today I'd like to introduce you to another ancient, under-the-radar gem of which you may not have heard: the city and

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The Good Life in Barcelona, Spain

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Food, wine, mountains, and beaches make up the wonderful landscape of Spain, and when you visit Barcelona, you are in the center of it all. Sophisticated and devoted to the good life, Barcelona invites travelers to experience a different lifestyle that does not cater to anyone but itself. The city’s streets inspire long walks with a tapas café or bodega on every corner, but the nightlife will thrill you.

So what can you expect when you visit this Catalonian capital?

Quick Guide to Travel in Barcel

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6 of the Best Museums in Barcelona

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Barcelona is awash with fantastic museums and galleries.  So, if you find yourself in the Catalan capital, then be sure them out.  Here's a high-powered half dozen to get you started.    

Museu Picasso

This absolute must (top), opened in 1963, houses the most extensive collection (4,251 paintings) from Picasso’s formative years.  Spread across five contiguous medieval stone mansions, three of which boast permanent collections and two temporary exhibitions, this mus

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A vast valley protected between two mountain ranges, northern Spain's La Rioja features terrain, wind conditions, and soil that differs from one village to the next. The River Ebro flows through it all from west to east flanked by the Cantabria Mountains to the north and the La Demanda Range to the south.

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Vivanco Family Vineyards
, a fourth-generation estate established 100 years ago by great grandfather Pedro Vivanco González, remains a small operation in La Rioja's Alberite. It wasn't until th

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5 Madrid Musts

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In its central area, Spain''s capital has many characteristics that make it stand out among other important cities, which by 2012 made it the thirty-first city most visited worldwide by international tourists, nothing more and nothing less than 4.1 million.


All that there is to see in Madrid, everything that this beautiful city offers to its visitors, you will know it because we will talk about five more important sites that you should visit in Madrid. This city, capital of Spain, has an exce

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Visit Asturias (Spain)

9009208054?profile=originalIf we focus on talking about tourist stays, we are excellent places in Spain, as in the case of Asturias . Splendid, varied tourist spots that will be able to please a wide variety of people, Asturias has become one of the most visited of the Iberian Peninsula and it is not very difficult tounderstand why places.

One of the most striking aspects when traveling to Asturias is the cuisine; in few places in Spain you'll get a variety so exquisite and striking as in this area. One of the favorite dis

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The Aragon region of Spain is filled with castles, cathedrals, monasteries, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites dotting the Pyrenees foothills, desert plains, fertile deltas, and the bustling city of Zaragoza. In addition to being a major cultural and agricultural powerhouse, Aragon's vineyards are renowned not only for their Tempranillo but for their venerated Garnacha's increasing popularity.

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This is the land where Garnacha cultivation began in Roman times yet was under siege by market forces unti

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In today’s world the sharing economy or collaborative consumption is changing the way we do business and we socialize with others.


Some experts believe that this new trend is the next generation of the internet, which provides the social context for a peer-to-peer connections. The sharing economy is a revolution of underutilized time, space, skills and resources.

Today anyone can be a tour guide a car rental agency, a professor, offer his home as a hotel or offer other services. People can save

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Salamanca, The Soul of Spain

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Salamanca sits at the edge of a greening plane, dominated by a skyline of domed cathedrals and dun-colored walls, embracing the town in a timeless medieval clinch. 



The Spaniards call Salamanca “the soul of the Spanish nation," because it's the birthplace of Castilian,the Spanish language. 



Walk Salamanca's streets. It’s the only way to experience the layers of Roman, Visigothic, Islamic cultures tha
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by Inka Piegsa-Quischotte


Dank chill, drizzle, and streetlamps shrouded in fog are bad weather? A bad time for touring? Depends! In fact, they were just perfect for a nocturnal outing I had in Barcelona last winter that was hair raising – in a good way. And what better day than Halloween to tell you about it?

Like most ancient cities, Catalonia’s capital is chock-full full of history, legends – and ghosts. And if that kind of thing gets your ecoplasm going, th

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