Category Archives: Spain

My favorite hotel in Barcelona? The W (aka La Vela)

I love this hotel not only for the great views and its cool decor, but also for the gorgeous bar on the top floor. Taken with my Sony RX100, a great compact camera.   Advertisements

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Mercy, Isn’t Madrid Grand!

Barcelona it ain’t but Madrid has a style all its own. Regal. Elegant.  Classy. Grand. These are terms that come to mind. Below, the cathedral dwarfs the people on the huge square in front of it. A pristine corner of Madrid, … Continue reading

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My favorite hotel in Seville?

Well, one of them, at any rate, is the gorgeously appointed Alfonso XIII.  Here is their luscious inner courtyard. The public spaces here are truly extraordinary. And oh, did I say, Bring Money!   Part of the lobby along the … Continue reading

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My Favorite Hotel in Madrid? Las Letras, claro!

This is my preferred place to rest my head in Madrid. And not just because it is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow (of Goop fame, or infamy). I love the quirky design, the literary quotes on the wall, the huge … Continue reading

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Holy Toledo!

El Greco probably stood on this very spot to paint his iconic portrait of this amazing city. A short train ride from Atocha station in Madrid, Toledo should be on everyone’s bucket list. Try to go off season and spend … Continue reading

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Seville Is Ahead of the Curve

  Lovely Seville is not content to rest on its antique laurels. The Metropol Parasol is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world and its gracious platform allows visitors a 360-degree  view of the city.    Well, … Continue reading

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Barcelona street scenes

The little boy fast asleep on the right is immune to Barcelona’s charms. Distracted by cellphone. Modern hangup. Bench courtesy of Gaudí.

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