Climbing into mystery on Montserrat

May 22, 2013
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Share Rising up from the grassy slopes of farmland and vineyards, its jagged peaks carve the sky in two like the serrated edge it was named for. Montserrat, meaning “saw moun- tain” in Catalan, is 20 minutes from the Spanish town Collbató and less than an hour from Barcelona. But to visitors, it seems worlds away.…

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Obidos: A Medieval Town with everlasting charm

May 22, 2013
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Obidos: A Medieval Town with everlasting charm

Share Nestled behind walls that date back to the 12th century, medieval town of Obidos sits atop a hill overlooking the Portuguese countryside. tugal.” According to Pousadas of Portugal, a state owned company that runs historical hotels, Obidos was the traditional gift that the king of Portugal gave to his wife. The tradition started in…

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Custo Barcelona is affordable, high-end fashion

May 6, 2013
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Custo Barcelona is affordable, high-end fashion

Share Down the boutique and restaurant lined Calle Ferran, the vibrant colors and bold designs donned by slender mannequins posed in the windows of Custo Barcelona lure in wandering fashionistas searching for psychedelic, California-inspired apparel.   Though the original location is in Barcelona, the brand has locations worldwide with prices ranging from $45 for their…

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Designer creates jewelry inspired by Mediterranean Sea

May 6, 2013
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Share Jewelry designer Enric Majoral creates signature pieces influenced by the Mediterranean Sea as he remembers nature and the island of Formentera.  His jewelry reflects natural themes of the region, beginning in his home country of Spain, where his jewelry collection is renowned. Though the style of his work is commonly defined as Mediterranean, Majoral’s…

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Places to go wild in Lisbon

May 6, 2013
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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

May 6, 2013
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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

May 6, 2013
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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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