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Cartoon comes to life in Pamplona

Cartoon comes to life in Pamplona

Share Darth Vader, using his fingers as bull horns, chases a Storm Trooper dressed as a San Fermín runner. A snorkeling hedgehog falls in love with a nearby puffer fish. A bull in a white halter dress and pearls strikes a Marilyn Monroe pose. These cartoons, and many more, make up Kukuxumusu, a T-shirt shop…

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Places to go wild in Lisbon

Share Tourists traveling to Lisbon with young children may want to look beyond the cathedrals, museums and shops. Most in the 10 and younger set do not care that the world’s most expensive chapel, The Chapel of Saint John the Baptist, can be found inside the São Roque Church or that the Belem Tower stands…

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Seville Traditions: Holy Week

Share Crowds of locals and tourists gather from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday for Holy Week in Seville. Beginning in the Middle Ages, the tradition honors the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through processions and music. “They’ve been waiting all year. For them, it’s very important,” said Mónica González Sanz, a local of Seville.…

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Pamplona traditions: Running of the Bulls

Share A sea of runners in red and white flood the narrow cobblestone streets as thousands of feet pound the uneven pathways. The July sun bears down, streaming in between the rooftops. As they round a sharp left-hand turn, known as dead man’s corner, a runner slips. Six bulls barrel the bend, and there’s only…

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Basque Culture: A Modern Mystery

Share No one knows from where they came. Their language has no origin. Their history wasn’t recorded until 1600. They are the Basques. The Basque homeland lies near the western Pyrenees Mountains, bordering France and Spain. It’s made up of the Spanish communities of the Basque Country and Navarra and the Northern Basque Country in…

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Shop elevates espandrilles to high style

Share Braided hemp shoes with squishy, comfortable soles suited Spanish farmers well in the 14th century. As peasants tended fields, they wore canvas shoes that allowed them to care for crops and livestock with ease. These functional shoes, known as espadrilles, can still be found in grassy fields, but they’ve traded days of plowing for…

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Montjuic mountain holds Olympic history

Montjuic mountain holds Olympic history

Share Antonio Rebollo, a Spanish Paralympic archer, stood in the spotlight of the 1992 Olympic opening ceremonies, feeling calm. Rebollo released the arrow, engulfing the torch. “My feelings were taken from the people who described to me how they saw it,” he said in an interview with NBC. “What they felt, their emotions, their cries.…

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Three small tips for visiting Lisbon

Share Walking around Lisbon on our first day here, I learned three lessons that helped during the rest of our stay. Look both ways before crossing the street Some crosswalks in Lisbon mark the names of victims who have died in pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents. Though the city has initiated the Safe Street Walk campaign, crossing…

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Things I wish I would have known before travel

Share Looking back on our trip to Spain and Portugal, these are the four things I wish I would have done before leaving. Pack lightly You may think you need every pair of colored skinny jeans you own, but those pants will weigh down your bag fast. After lugging your suitcase through multiple airports, train…

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Swimwear on Spanish beaches differs from typical U.S. attire

Swimwear on Spanish beaches differs from typical U.S. attire

Share Throughout Spain, a modest and conservative dress code applies. Longer shorts and skirts are preferred in the summer, and crop tops and tight miniskirts are discouraged for religious reasons. There’s only one exception: beachwear. Swimwear in Spain is viewed as anything but conservative. “It’s super provocative and always controversial at runway shows,” fashion writer…

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