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Top 5 Things To Do in Catalonia, Spain

Catalonia’s charms go far beyond the beaches of Costa Brava or the architectural marvels of Barcelona. Situated in Spain’s far […]Top 5 Things To Do …

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How President Trump Could Actually Reduce Danger Of War In Europe For The U.S.

Political elites in Washington are fearful of the changes president-elect Donald Trump might bring to America’s security relationship with Europe. During his campaign for the White House, Trump repeatedly questioned whether the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was still a good deal for …

Europe will miss Barack Obama. But maybe he didn’t care for us

Dear Barack, we will miss you. We will miss you sorely now that a nationalist-populist bigot – whose credo is “Americanism, not globalism” – is heading to the White House. We will miss your rationality, your sophistication, your elegance.<p>But many of us in Europe are also dumbstruck and distressed …

Europe

10 nature getaways in Catalonia in 2017

Beautiful coves and beaches, tall mountains and uniquely sculptured mountain ranges, wide rivers that turn into deltas when they reach the sea, …

Superblocks: how Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

Modern cities are ruled by cars. Streets are designed for them; bikers, pedestrians, vendors, hangers-out, and all other forms of human life are pushed to the perimeter in narrow lanes or sidewalks. Truly shared spaces are confined to parks and the occasional plaza. This is such a fundamental …

Why Barcelona is Europe's greatest city for nightlife

Barcelona doesn’t have the searing heat of Madrid, but there is a certain stickiness in the Catalan capital in the warmer months, and narrow medieval streets that grant much-needed shade during the day feel somewhat muggy at night. The best place to spend your evenings is close to a sea breeze or …

Homage to the fallen of Catalonia, 80 years on

On the spot where she had made her vows 13 years earlier, Rachel Ritchie leafed through her wedding album, showing me photos of herself and her husband, Gerard Amorós, and their many guests. One was in Lederhosen, another in a Hawaiian shirt. “It was,” she said with a grin, “a bit of a weird and …

Spanish council discovers two employees haven't shown up for work in 15 years

A Spanish city council has opened disciplinary proceedings against two municipal employees who have not turned up for work for the past 15 years.<p>The two men, a chauffeur and a gardener, have been collecting full pay from Jerez city council in Andalucía without putting in a single shift for the …

Take the Ultimate Spanish Road Trip from Barcelona

PHOTO BY Albert Torelló/Flickr<p>Els Encantats<p>Medieval villages, back roads, and the Wild Pyrenees<p>Leave behind the beaches of Barcelona and drive …

Eighty years on, Spain may at last be able to confront the ghosts of civil war

On a sunny morning earlier this month, a small group gathered at the entrance to Barcelona’s Fossar de la Pedrera, or Mass Grave of the Quarry. They were a mix of ages and types. An elderly woman, smartly dressed, clutched flowers as she stood next to her middle-aged son. A father and his young …

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Why El Born Is the Brooklyn of Barcelona

It’s 2:00 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon and locals are spilling out of Bacoa. One would think it’s some hot, new tapas bar. It’s not. It’s a trendy build-your-own burger place, heaving with hip, hungry 20-somethings. They don’t want regular jamón or patatas bravas for lunch, but something cool, new, …

Spain’s leadership vacuum is damaging Catalonia and Europe – it has to end

I call on the Socialist, Podemos and Ciudadanos parties to summon the courage for a Catalan referendum now, and not repeat the obstructionism of the Rajoy era<p>The continued lack of a new government in Spain two months after inconclusive elections is causing concern across Europe. Mariano Rajoy, the …

Europe

Catalonia's acting head Mas steps down as pro-independence leader | Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia’s acting head Artur Mas said on Saturday he would step down in order to clear the way for the formation of a pro-independence Catalan government after five years driving the separatist movement in the wealthy Spanish region.<p>Catalan acting President Artur Mas gestures …

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Spain is threatening to cut off its richest economic region

The all-too predictable reaction of Madrid's central government has been to raise the stakes to lofty new heights by threatening to cut off the financial supply lines between Madrid and Catalonia. As El Mundo reports, Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy has threatened to centralize all financial …

Spain Wants a Wall to Keep ISIS Out

Washington is establishing a strategic base near Seville, and ISIS is trying to bring the war home to Madrid.<p>MADRID — Terrorists following the lines …

The Best Way To Get To And From The Airport In 12 Major Cities

You've booked a trip and you're excited to get away. However, there are some logistics to think about before you can really settle into vacation mode. The first consideration: How are you going to get to and from the airport? If you are not looking to ante up for a taxi or Uber, don't fret. There …

The Best Secret Garden in Barcelona

Twenty four years ago, Spanish artist and animator Javier Mariscal discovered an abandoned leather factory on Barcelona’s rundown east side. The …

Where Florists Go to Buy Their Plants

Most of the fancy florists and plant shops in Barcelona are in the fashionable Eixample neighborhood in the center of the city. Guess where they go …

Plants

Tag: Design Travel

Material Interiors: A Shoppable Apartment in New York, Design Luminaries Edition<p>by Annie Quigley<p>A Room at the Inn: At the Chapel in Somerset<p>by Julie …

Hot Springs

Catalonia & The Catalan Language: 10 Facts & Maps

<b>Fact 1:</b> Catalonia is both an autonomous community within Spain (big yellow area above), but also a historic principality that extended into what is …

If the era of democracy is over in Europe, it’s time for Britain to get out

The condemnation of a national leader for being in touch with his people suggests the EU is back in the business of oligarchy<p>In the midst of the general vilification of Viktor Orban, the Hungarian leader who has inspired moral outrage for his hard-line stand on the migrant crisis, you might have …

Europe

What to Do in Rome When It Rains

Rome is very much a place where life is lived out of doors, but that doesn't mean the city isn't a victim to bad weather. Rain in Rome is more common than you might think. In the winter months of January and February, rainy days should be expected and can go on for days without stop. Outside of …

Could Catalonia be close to a split from Spain?

The Catalan independence campaign is close to reaching a majority, a polling company has said.<p>Support for the secession of Catalonia from Spain has …

Europe

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

Hiking in the national parks of the Spanish Pyrenees

Day <b><br>1</b><p>Arrival To Barcelona<p>Arrival in Barcelona and transfer on your own to hotel near the Gothic quarter. Enjoy exploring this vibrant Mediterranean …

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The Intel

The<p>Intel<p>Your next trip, only way better<p>Deal of the Day<p>Subscribe<p>Never miss a deal again, get travel tips and hacks<p>Will be used in accordance with our …

Wild in the Catalan Pyrenees

<i>There’s a lot more to Catalunya than Barcelona, Girona and Costa Brava. Think rushing rivers, pristine mountain lakes and villages with legends</i> …

Fly-fishing in the Catalan Pyrenees beats the backyard pool for a father and his sons

I grew up fly-fishing in our backyard swimming pool. One summer Irving Layton rented the house next door, and on most mornings he lounged in his …

Where to Eat in the Spanish Pyrenees

One of the universal things we all have to do in the world no matter what religion, sex, age, or culture is eat and drink. And some places just do it …