Monthly Archives: May 2013

Making Marabi magic heart felt

Share The outside of this little shop on a muted side street in Barcelona pales in comparison to the bright colors held inside. Mariela Marabi, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, grew up with this toy-making magic. Her mother opened the family toy store when she was young, and has since opened seven more shops in Argentina.…

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Traditional Italian food served as tapas

Traditional Italian food served as tapas

Share San Sebastian’s Bar Malandrino blends two culinary concepts by serving traditional Italian dishes as Spanish-style tapas. Inspired by their Italian roots, Marco Marradi and partner Paolo Ghezzi opened Malandrino in July 2012. Knowing the Basque people are traditional, the concept of the bar was to introduce Italian cuisine and customs in ways the Spanish…

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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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Fashionable life in Portugal

Fashionable life in Portugal

Share On Avenida da Liberdade, palm trees, dividing lanes of traffic and buildings home to luxury brands such as Gucci, Givenchy and Christian Dior, line pedestrian pavements. And tucked away behind glass windows full of spring wear in shades of fluorescent pink, and yellow, one concept store combines more than 80 brands, selling ready-to-wear designs,…

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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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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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Madrid home to largest bullring in Spain

Share Regarded as the home of bullfighting in Spain, Plaza de Toros de las Ventas is the country’s largest bullring. Situated in the Salamanca district east of Madrid’s city center, Las Ventas has a seating capacity of 25,000, making it an exciting venue for those looking to experience their first bullfight. The history of modern…

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Belchite: A city untouched after war

Share Travelers wait for years in anticipation of the day they can visit the ruins of ancient civilizations. Pictures fill history books telling stories of the battles fought and whole countries ruined many years ago. In Spain, however, the fighting wasn’t thousands of years ago and the civilization didn’t crumble at the feet of an…

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Baluard offers freshly baked breads, pastries

Baluard offers freshly baked breads, pastries

Share Behind a counter stacked with layers of fresh bread and a cabinet delicately lined with fruit tarts, donuts and shelves of pastries, Anna Bellsolá moves about an L-shaped serving space. At just over 5 feet tall, she stands on her tiptoes to hear orders, but after years of practice, Bellsolá knows how to keep…

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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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