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Oldest shop in Barcelona delights customers with its deep routed history, eclectic candles

Oldest shop in Barcelona delights customers with its deep routed history, eclectic candles

Share From skulls to carrots to cathedrals, the oldest candle shop in the world has been molding original designs for more than 250 years. Candle maker Paulí Subirà and his descendants have been fashioning candles since 1939 with the same principles of the Middle Ages, said Pilar Subirà, the daughter of owner Jordi Subirà. “Although…

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Porto’s Bufete Fase offers rich sandwiches

Share The uneven cobblestone streets lined with houses in an array of coral, mint green and canary yellow hue lead downhill to the Douro River in Porto. Following the narrow pathways, one could easily get lost amongst the sea of coral rooftops. Among the masses of artistically crafted structures, lies a nondescript old building, covered…

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Monasterio de Leyre a physical place for a spiritual journey

Share The spirits of the past echo through the room like the voices of the present as they perform Gregorian chants. Filing in one by one, they pause to bow before the Virgin Santa María de Leyre in reverence. As the monks kneel in prayer, each contemplates his spiritual condition. They perform this ritual between…

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Pintxos bring people together through small plates

Share Friends and family gather as the aromas of sweet bread, grapes with a touch of cedar and savory ham fills the air. Guests line up with insatiable appetites and plates in hands, as they move through a myriad of dishes. Though the decadent spread may appear so, today is not a holiday. Rather, this…

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Columbus’ legend continues to unfold in Spain

Columbus’ legend continues to unfold in Spain

Share The story: The smell of oranges and lemons permeates the air in the nearly 55,000 meters of gardens. Perfectly trimmed hedgerows stretch for what seems like miles, lining long sparkling ponds, which reflect the surrounding flora typical to Córdoba, Spain. These grounds, Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, mark the site of the agreement between…

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Epiphany offers a local re-creation of Spanish tapas

Epiphany offers a local re-creation of Spanish tapas

Share Whether grabbing a drink with friends or spending a romantic evening over a four-course meal, Epiphany Café features a range of dishes for small and large appetites. A rarity in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Epiphany offers a variety of small plates, similar to tapas, which are common in Spanish culture. Traditionally tapas are often accompanied by…

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Don Quixote has long-lasting influence, impact on Spanish culture

Share Often cited as one of the best literary works ever written, audiences have enjoyed Miguel de Cervantes’s “Don Quixote” for more than 400 years. Whether for pleasure or academic study, readers all over the world have become familiar with the iconic text and characters. The tale, a comedic satire of medieval romances, has enchanted…

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