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Pamplona’s oldest park offers scenic views

Pamplona’s oldest park offers scenic views

Share While running with the bulls can be a good workout, there are other ways to get some fresh air and exercise in Pamplona. La Taconera, the city’s oldest park, sits in the center of Pamplona. The park is open night and day for visitors wanting to stretch their legs and appreciate a calmer part…

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Port wine considered champagne of Porto

Port wine considered champagne of Porto

Share On top of the hill Vila de Nova Gaia, Graham’s Lodge overlooks the Douro River in Porto, Portugal. The renowned winery encompasses centuries of port wine tradition. Considered the champagne of Portugal, port wine is celebrated along the Douro River with almost a dozen shining signs advertising tastings, tours and souvenirs of lodges ranging…

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Chef teaches guests how to cook Catalan favorites

Share The unmarked door is almost lost among the crowded vendors and bustling tourists of La Ram¬bla, and the sign above is nearly too subtle amidst the raucous, eye-catching scarves, sweets and sou¬venirs on display. Though from the outside it demands little attention, the Barcelona Cooking School’s flair is unmistakable once Chef Cándido Cid opens…

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Arzak offers innovative lunch

Arzak offers innovative lunch

Share From the reception area, it could be any other gourmet restaurant in Europe. The three Michelin stars on the wall suggest more, but seeing the real distinction requires a few flights of stairs.The difference is hidden past the dining rooms, a brightly colored box called the testing kitchen. Here is where Arzak Restaurant comes…

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Biking on the beach a great escape in Barcelona

Biking on the beach a great escape in Barcelona

Share Having limited time in a city like Barcelona can be a little bit overwhelming. The second largest city in Spain has tons to offer in the way of food, history, nightlife and shopping, not to mention one of the best fútbol teams in the world. But in trying to experience everything, it’s easy to…

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Climbing Montserrat in Spain, Pt. 1

Share Rising up from the grassy slopes of farmland and vineyards, its jagged peaks carve the sky in two like the serrated edge for which it was named. Montserrat, literally meaning “saw mountain” in Catalan, is 20 minutes from the Spanish town Collbató and less than an hour from the second largest city in Spain.…

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