Feb 112013
Barcelona, for really special holidays in Spain!

One of the most wonderful aspects to Spain, for any tourist, lies in the sheer variety of places and cultures that exist in the country.  Indeed, it is fair to say that Spain is many different ‘countries’ within one state.  After all, the contrasts between, say, Andalucia and Madid are as stark as that between Galicia and Valencia.  The same language (for the most part) may be spoken but almost everything else is different.  This […]

May 202011
Protests in Spain: is democracy in Spain in danger?

A few days ago I wrote an article here about the general disenchantment of Spaniards with politics in Spain.  This had become increasingly apparent to me over the past month or so as the Spanish prepared themselves for the forthcoming local and regional elections in Spain (due to be held on the 22nd May). However, political matters have accelerated considerably over the past couple of days with the development of a movement that is exploding […]

Jan 212011
Barcelona: 10 tips to avoid being robbed in Barcelona!

Recently, I was in contact with Natasha Young who is a great writer and specialises in writing about life in Barcelona.  She is passionate about Barcelona but equally apoplectic about robbery in Barcelona and the street crime that occurs there.  So, she was keen that I drew your attention to this problem – and her excellent advice.   Certainly, if you want to avoid being robbed in Barcelona then you should follow carefully what Natasha […]

Nov 222010

After my last Post about El Cid, my wife said that it was about time that I looked at something happening in Spain that was a touch more up to date.  Well, to be precise, pretty much 1,000 years more up to date! Needless to say, my family have long given up with me when it comes to me knowing what is happening with regard to modern culture!  This is sad but they may have […]

Nov 102010
The Sagrada Família and Barcelona

I have to say that whenever I find it difficult to get things done in Spain I think of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona.  This fabulous building was started in 1882 and is still not finished – with the projected completion estimated to be sometime in 2026.  This means that if this date is actually met(!) the Sagrada Família will have taken some 144 years to build! Obviously, somthing important is going on – but […]

Nov 082010

Barcelona is Spain’s second city in size after Madrid, and is the capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia. Well served not only by its own airport but also by airports at Reus to the south and Girona to the north, Barcelona is easily reached by budget airlines and makes the ideal destination, either for a city-break or as a starting point for a longer holiday. This is particularly true for those wishing to combine […]