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Madrid ceramic shop sells pieces from across Spain

Share In Madrid, Paco, Eduardo, and their mother Emilia Anta work at Ceramica Cantaro. The shelves are filled with plates, bowls, wine stoppers, magnets, holy water benditeras, bulls, pots, tile letters and even kitchen sinks.  On a high shelf in the corner is the symbol of the store: the cantaro, a traditional jug that holds…

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See how Barcelona comes alive every night

See how Barcelona comes alive every night

Share Barcelona rebirths at night.  During the day, the city is a bustling mixture of culture, history, architecture, and color.  After a mid-day siesta, the city comes alive again, offering various types of nightlife experiences for anyone’s wishes. Sandra Garcia Nolan, a Barcelona local and tour director for EF Tours, gave suggestions for experiencing Barcelona…

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Casa de Labores: Century of history in every thread

Share Casa de Labores, or Eskulanen Etxea in the Basque language, has an unassuming window display of yarn and knitted baby clothes that entice knitting fanatics inside. The Aldalur sisters, Marga, Inés and Gotzone, and their mother Kontxi, own the store and are proud of the rich heritage of Casa de Labores. In a side…

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Where to stay, what to do in medieval Óbidos

Share Travelers can escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon by staying only an hour away at the medieval city of Óbidos. Whether sleeping in a castle’s tower or relaxing in a homey hostel, Óbidos offers travelers a variety of ways to spend the night. The Pousada Castelo de Óbidos allows travelers to spend the…

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Street art shows ‘outward expression of feelings’ in Lisbon

Street art shows ‘outward expression of feelings’ in Lisbon

Share Graffiti meets the eyes everywhere in Lisbon where color and symbolism are splashed on the walls in a startling display. From the city’s iconic yellow trams to the facades of centuries old buildings, this art from a spray cans adds a unique vibe to Portugal’s capital city. Helma Geerlings, who is originally from the…

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Restaurante Páprika: Eco dining in Granada

Restaurante Páprika: Eco dining in Granada

Share Restaurante Páprika is set in the Albayzín district of Granada.  This vegan restaurant is noticeable for its signature red paprika pepper on the door. Inside, local art hangs on the yellow walls, and jazz and flamenco tunes waft through the air.  However, the cooking going on in the open kitchen is the most overpowering scent. Head…

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Sr. Fado’s: Captivating music in an intimate setting

Sr. Fado’s: Captivating music in an intimate setting

Share Before midnight, Ana Marina is a cook and hostess, wearing flat clogs and her hair tied back. At the magic hour, when the lights dim after all the customers have finished their cataplana (Portuguese seafood dish), she transforms into a fado singer in a black dress, black hose, black heels and a vibrant red…

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Experience Granada through poet Federico García Lorca’s eyes

Share Federico García Lorca is arguably Spain’s greatest and most famous poet-playwright. During his career, he wrote over a dozen collections of poetry and just as many plays. Lorca wrote on themes of love, tragedy and identity. He is remembered for his depictions of Andalusian and Gypsy culture. Granada was where he grew up and…

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Artist Market charming way to experience local passions

Share On Sunday, my team and I went out in the name of art.  The assignment was to talk to members of the Associacio de Pintor de Barcelona (Barcelona Painters Association) and to learn about them, their work and their inspirations.  The Association is a collective of sorts that allows these artists to have an…

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Soul searching on Spain’s Way of St. James

Soul searching on Spain’s Way of St. James

Share Richard Rush was a recently graduated student without a plan. He was visiting friends in Paris when he read about an enticing adventure in Spain – a pilgrimage known as the Way of St. James. Rush decided that he had to go. The Way of St. James is a pilgrimage route in Spain to…

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